The Black Box KC is getting ready to host a three-day cabaret extravaganza titled “The Real Barbee: Unmasked,” featuring a fusion of music, dance, and artistic expression. Victoria Barbee headlines the one-woman show that promises to lead audiences on a journey of self-discovery and resilience.

The heart of the production lies in Barbee’s dynamic performances, designed to prompt introspection, encourage embracing one’s past, and embarking on a journey toward emotional healing. 

The show promises an engaging blend of artistry, aimed at inspiring members of the audiences to confront personal histories, and embrace authenticity as a catalyst for empowerment.

A reception and dance party are planned after the opening night performance, with a themed “Come On Barbee, Let’s Go Party” reception. Opening night is Fri., Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. There’s a second performance on Sat., Nov. 18, also at 7:30 p.m. The final Black Box performance is a matinee on Sun., Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m.

“The Real Barbee: Unmasked” is part of the Kansas City Public Theatre’s 2023-24 season, and after the November run, Barbee will then go on a community tour that includes a residency and community partnership with EarlystART schools, which offer before-and-after-school programs at 87 KC-area public, charter, private and faith-based schools.   

Barbee, a prolific local actor and children’s author, will continue her community tour through February with school-based readings of her companion children’s book, “Victoria Wears a Mask.” 

With the readings, she hopes to engage and educate young minds on the themes explored within the performance, such as not hiding your emotions and embracing authenticity. 

General admission to the event is free at the door. However, a limited number of seats are available for advance purchase for $25 per seat or $80 for a bundle of four. 

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The Real Barbee: Unmasked

Nov. 17-19

The Black Box KC

1060 Union Ave, KCMO  

(In KC’s historic West Bottoms) 

Advance Tickets: $25 – $80

General Admission: Free

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