The Unicorn Theatre is giving risky shows the royal treatment: Best of KC 2018
This month, we published The Pitch‘s annual Best of Kansas City issue. You can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also included a list, compiled and written by our editorial staff, of some our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2018. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout October.
We know, we know: it wouldn’t be a Best Of KC issue without another accolade for the Unicorn Theatre. We’ll get tired of toasting the theater as soon as we get tired of its shows. The Unicorn’s last season ended with one of our favorite productions to date: Hir, Taylor Mac’s pitch-black comedy about gender politics, spousal abuse, and the delusion of normalcy. Just putting on the production was a creative risk: Hir seesaws between moments of wild tenderness and mundane violence at a grueling pace. Getting the tone right is harder than it looks. But the Unicorn’s cast and crew made it look easy. Every element of the show vibrated at a high frequency, from the acting (Carla Noack as a sentient fanny pack! Phil Fiorini as a demented Archie Bunker clown!) to the scenic design (Gary Mosby for Grime™) to the whiplash direction (Ian R. Crawford in a star-making turn). Sure, we’re fans of the classics, too. But we’ll salute the Unicorn as long as they’re in the business of creating new ones.