Go see this: Slammed! at UMKC
Since I’ve learned to expect excellence from the theater department at UMKC, I felt little surprise that last night’s performance of Slammed!: KC Speaks Out on the Recession was lively, engaging theater acted, designed and directed by some of this town’s finest.
What did surprise, however, was the depth of its reporting. Boiling over with local voices, stories and concerns, with tales of layoffs and foreclosures, with updates from Hope House and homeless shelters, with real people’s real words explaining what’s gone wrong in their — and our — world, Slammed! achieves what gutted newsrooms haven’t. It’s a full portrait of what’s happening here now.