Kansas City Choir Boy
OBERON Presents, OBERON Shows
October 1 - 10, 2015
"A suite of sparkly electronics, piano anthems, and soulful soliloquies."
New York Magazine
Music and Lyrics by Todd Almond
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Musical Direction by David Bloom

Starring Courtney Love and 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: 

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

Ms. Love, looking trim and intense, her long blond hair caught in a tangled ponytail, portrays the onetime love of a dream-bound musician in Mr. Almond's dramatically blurry but musically inviting work... 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

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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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Run time

1 hour

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Box Office: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

Need to know

This performance contains strobe lights.

 

There will be no late seating.

Age Appropriateness

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.
 

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