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American Heartland Theatre - Affluenza
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Reviewed on 2005-01-20
(Runs through Sunday, February 20th) This is the Kansas City premiere of “AFFLUENZA” a unique contemporary comedy by noted playwright James Sherman. It centers on a dysfunctional family and its strange relationship with wealth. What makes this unique, all the dialogue is in rhyming verse. It is in fact a hilarious mix of comedy and satire that is real fun. William Moore is a real estate magnate who lives a lonely life in a penthouse high above Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The only company is his loyal assistant, Bernard, and 650 million dollars. He doesn’t care for money, or much else, but he meets Dawn, an innocent young lady of simple means who is half his age, and he falls head over heals in love with her. Moore’s ex-wife and son believe that Dawn is a gold digger and is only after his money, which concerns them since they too are after the money. Enter William’s nephew, who isn’t after the money, but is after Dawn. Who gets what and who end up with whom is revealed through many clever plot twists in this comedy of rhymed manners.

Kip Niven plays William Moore. Elijah Murray plays William Moore’s faithful servant, Bernard. Sean Grennan portrays the greedy son Jerome. Martin English is the shy nephew Eugene. Ruth Moore plays the money loving ex wife Merle, and Jennifer Bradshaw is the brainy girlfriend, Dawn. Marge Ciglar directs this play.

Crown Center is the home of American Heartland Theatre located at 2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 314, KC Mo. Box Office number is 816.842-9999. The website is

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