Oh, What a Long War

The war in Afghanistan — Operation
Enduring Freedom — is enduring longer than expected (the conflict is approaching the decade mark), and the war in Iraq will soon be entering its eighth year. Yet it has become all too easy to block thoughts about war — and the astronomical economic, political, social and human costs. The Kansas City Actors Theatre and UMKC Theatre aim to help us remember. Their co-production — along with the National World War I Museum — of the satirical musical classic Oh, What a Lovely War sets popular songs from World War I (“the war to end all wars”) against harrowing images of fighting. The show features John Rensenhouse and Phil Fiorini under the direction of Barry Kyle (the Daily Mail’s 2006 “Director of the Year”) and is staged at the National World War I Museum (Liberty Memorial, 100 West 26th Street). See a preview at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $24.50 through Wednesday, then jump to $32.50 on February 17 when the show officially opens. See
kcactors.org or call 816-235-6222.
— Grace Suh 

Fri., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 18, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 19, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 20, 2 p.m.; Tue., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 25, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 26, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 27, 2 p.m., 2011