If it's summer, there must be farce, and if there's farce, the chances are good that it's at The Kechi Playhouse. See How They Run is a three-act comedy by Philip King, set in an English village just after the end of World War II. Laugh the night away at this fast-paced, door-slamming delight, on stage through July 29th.
At Roxy's Downtown, if you missed Karla Burns in her star-turn as Hattie McDaniel in Hi-Hat Hattie the first time around, you are in the best of luck, as she is back for an encore performance of the show, a one-woman celebration of the life of the Wichita girl who became the first African-American to win an Oscar. Hi-Hat Hattie is on stage now until July 29th.
Combining the style of Bob Fosse with circus confetti is the colorful confection known as Pippin, the story of a young prince's search for a meaningful life. The musical premiered at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972, and was directed and choreographed by Fosse. The show underwent an award-winning update in 2013, injecting circus choreography and acrobatics by Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider, and bringing home four Tony Awards among the 10 for which the show was nominated, including Best Revival and Best Director for Diane Paulus. This visually extravagant, senses-driven show is what spectacle in entertainment is all about. You can see Music Theatre Wichita's production of Pippin on stage at Century II from July 25th to July 29th.