Wichita Live Theatre Spring Preview 2019
From thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies to R-rated puppet shows (keep reading, we’ll explain), the live theatres in Wichita have something for everyone this spring and early summer.
Mosley Street Melodrama
For entertaining out-of-town guests or having a fun night out with friends, a show at Mosley Street Melodrama in Old Town is the ticket. You’ll be in stitches all though the audience-interactive comedy, then humming and toe-tapping along during the musical comedy revue that follows. See The Doctor Is In by Tom Frye from April 5–May 18, and Gone With the Windwagon by Carol Hughes from May 24–July 13.
You asked, Wichita theatre fans, and Roxy’s answered! Avenue Q, the hilarious Tony-winning musical with puppets and people, plays April 12–May 5. You’ll love the show...but remember it’s Rated R...this puppet show is not for kids!
Roxy’s Downtown continues the season with Love! Valour! Compassion! June 1–30. In this Tony-winning 1994 play by Terrence McNally, eight gay men confront their lives, loves and friendships over three weekends at an upstate New York farmhouse.
Wichita Community Theatre
St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but it’s not too late to see the witty Irish romance Bloomsday at Wichita Community Theatre. This time-travel love story runs April 17-28.
WCT continues the season with The Diviners from June 5-16. Set in a small town in Depression-era Indiana, this touching drama tells the story of Buddy, a mentally challenged boy whose sweet nature affects most people he meets...and whose uncanny ability to predict rain stirs controversy.
Shear Madness by Forum Theatre Wichita
Combining madcap improvisation with a spine-tingling mystery that the audience helps solve, no two performances of Shear Madness are ever the same. The Forum Theatre Company presents this hilarious audience-interactive show from April 25–May 19.
Last Summer at Bluefish Cove at Guild Hall
The Guild Hall Players present Jane Chambers’ Last Summer at Bluefish Cove from May 23–26. The first mainsteam lesbian literary piece of its kind, this 1980 play is a theatre and cultural landmark. Through comedic dialogue and its sensitivity to human nature, this play transcends preconceptions and shows the universality of women’s journeys, whether gay or straight.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Wichita Shakespeare Company
Prank-loving fairies. Clueless lovers. A badass Amazon. Dude getting turned into a donkey. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has it all. It’s one of the Bard’s most popular and accessible comedies, and it comes to Wichita area parks this spring.
Performances are free to the public, though donations are welcome. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Bus Stop at Kechi Playhouse
Kechi Playhouse begins its 37th season with the 1955 play Bus Stop by William Inge. In this acclaimed drama (with comedic and romantic elements) a freak snowstorm causes a group of bus passengers to take an unplanned layover at a diner in rural Kansas. Romantic and quasi-romantic relationships ensue. This American classic runs June 7–30 at the Playhouse.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by MADCAP Comedy & Improv Troupe
Get your deepstalker cap on—the play’s afoot in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. This murderously funny adventure by comedic genius Ken Ludwig features five intrepid actors portraying more than 40 characters! MADCAP presents this riotous comedy June 13–16 at Jabara Flexible Theatre at Newman University.
Which live theatre shows in Wichita are on your must-see list? Any reviews or recommendations? Let us know!