Victor Wishna

Victor Wishna

Theatre and Features Contributor; City Stage Theatre Columnist

Victor Wishna is a writer, editor, author, playwright, and commentator, among other things. A graduate of Stanford University and the New School’s creative writing MFA program, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, Humanities, and other major magazines and newspapers. He contributes a weekly real estate feature to the New York Post and his column “Letter from New York” is syndicated nationally. His words can also be seen and heard via the media outlets to which he regularly contributes and his regular commentary on NPR affiliate KCUR-FM.

Victor’s stage writing has been produced regionally and locally, including at the Fishtank, the Barn Players, City Theatre of Independence, and multiple Kansas City Fringe Festivals; this winter, his full-length play Shearwater had its world-premiere production at The Living Room. He served as the initial artistic director of the Midwest Dramatists Center, a Kansas City-based incubator for regional playwrights. With photographer Ken Collins, he published In Their Company: Portraits of American Playwrights (Umbrage Editions, 2006), for which he conducted and edited interviews with 61 prominent stage writers including Edward Albee, August Wilson, Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein, and many others. The book won a 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal.

After nearly 12 years of living and writing in New York City, Victor returned to his hometown of Kansas City. In 2011, he founded his own writing and editing services firm, The Vital Word, through which he helps find the right words for nonprofit, corporate, and individual clients. Find out more at thevitalword.com.    

Theatre through July

“Hir” at Unicorn Theatre; “Cats” at Musical Theater Heritage; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; “Much Ado About Nothing” at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; “Peter Pan”...

Right “Hir,” right now

The Unicorn Theatre wraps up its season with a rousing production of Taylor Mac’s gender-bending, genre-busting dysfunctional-family drama.

Theatre through June

“Skylight” at Kansas City Actors Theatre; “Torch Song Trilogy” at The Barn Players Community Theatre; “Hir” at Unicorn Theatre; “Unnecessary Farce” at Olathe Civic Theatre Association; “Dirty Dancing” at...

Theatre through May

“Snoopy! The Musical” at The Culture House; “Billboard Blockbusters” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Jack and the Bean Mágico!” at the Coterie Theatre; “OriginKC: New Works Festival” at Kansas City...

Theatre through mid-May

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” at Theatre for Young America; “Vietgone” at Unicorn Theatre; “Billboard Blockbusters” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Jack and the Bean Mágico!” at the Coterie Theatre;...

Theatre through mid-April

“It’s Delovely” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “Informed Consent” at Unicorn Theatre; “Tuck Everlasting” at the Coterie Theatre; “Sweeney Todd” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “The Mascot” at Agile Rabbit...

A tryst with a twist

Kansas City Rep offers a 21st-century take on relationship dynamics with its tantalizing production of “Sex with Strangers.”

Theatre through March

“Broadway’s Golden Age” at Musical Theater Heritage; “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” at Theatre for Young America; “Sex with Strangers” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “It’s Delovely”...

Theatre through mid-March

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” at Starlight Theatre; “The Colored Museum” at the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City; “Finding Neverland” at Kansas City Broadway Series; “Single Black Female” at...

Theatre through February

“Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull…” at Starlight Theatre; “Project Dawn” at Unicorn Theatre; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at...

The power of perception

With dazzle and distinction, the Kansas City Rep stages its own rendition of the multi-award-winning “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

A “Project” worth attention

The Unicorn Theatre unveils the world-premiere of “Project Dawn,” Karen Hartman’s new play inspired by real events—and the real, valiant women behind them.

Theatre through Mid-February

“Forbidden Broadway” at Starlight Theatre; “The Secret of Courage” at the Coterie Theatre; “Project Dawn” at Unicorn Theatre; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at Kansas...

PREVIEW: Spring 2018 Theatre

If it seems there are more and more options for great theatre in Kansas City, that’s because there are, and 2018 promises to be the biggest year yet! Here...

Theatre through January

“Chesapeake” at Unicorn Theatre; “Sea Marks” at Kansas City Actors Theatre; “The Secret of Courage” at the Coterie Theatre; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at...

“Stupid” good

The Unicorn Theatre and UMKC Theatre team up to launch “Stupid F*****g Bird,” Aaron Posner’s very loose and extremely lively adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” and the results are...

Theatre through December

“Les Miserables” at Kansas City Broadway Series; “Stupid F******g Bird” at Unicorn Theatre; “Christmas in Song” at Quality Hill Playhouse; “A Christmas Carol” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “Raggedy...

Theatre through Mid-December

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Coterie Theatre; “A Christmas Carol” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Christmas Adventure” at Theatre for Young America; “Stupid F******g...

Theatre through November

“Fences” at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “Click, Clack, Boo!” at Theatre for Young America; “Disgraced” at Unicorn Theatre; “Carrie: The Musical” at Jewell Theatre Company; “Into the Woods” at...
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