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"A suite of sparkly electronics, piano anthems, and soulful soliloquies."
New York Magazine
Music and Lyrics by Todd Almond
A mystery told through flashbacks, this one hour show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of destiny and then disappears. Borrowing themes from ancient myth, Kansas City Choir Boy is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing".
Kansas City Choir Boy Interview with Jared Bowen from WGBH:
Audio and Video Clips from Kansas City Choir Boy
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Courtney Love is captivating. Even in her rather small role in "Kansas City Choirboy," there is not a moment that you are not compelled to watch her. More
Courtney Love, the onetime front woman of the grunge-rock group Hole, widow of Kurt Cobain and she of the often tattered image, is still pushing boundaries. This time though, they’re all her own. More
Love stayed within bounds and rather wrenchingly portrayed the late girlfriend of the unnamed singer-musician played by the younger Almond. More
Love is charismatic. She moves with a sultry swagger and her chemistry with Almond is apparent. More
Todd Almond backs a subdued Courtney Love in "Kansas City Choir Boy" at Oberon. More
EDGE speaks to Mr. Almond from his Brooklyn home about the show, its origin and working with Ms. Love. More
Todd’s stuff is very difficult for me. There’s a lot of pausing, and as he told me, the sex is in the pause. I had to learn that patience and enjoy it. It’s not second nature to me like four-to-the-floor rock is. But it’s new, which is exciting to me. More
Well, I think that my favorite aspect of theater is the live quality of it, and the fact that you’re making art with [and] for the people that are in the room, at that exact moment. More
Love described the main characters to Billboard as "a boy and a girl that are the coolest in town." As the too-cool-for-Kansas girl who loves her choir boy but needs something larger from life, Love is perfect: at turns playful, distant, resolute and lost. And for a play with no real dialogue, the relationship between Almond and Love feels genuinely sensual -- even when they're not making out sans shirts (Love keeps her bra on, of course), they move as if magnetically bonded to each other. More
The 2015/16 OBERON Presents Series to Include Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, Kansas City Choir Boy Featuring Todd Almond and Courtney Love, Tony Torn in Ubu Sings Ubu, Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die, and More
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This performance contains strobe lights.
There will be no late seating.
This performance has strong language and adult themes, appropriate for mature teenagers. Please note that OBERON is an 18+ venue and minors must be accompanied with an adult.