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Fringe Festival play has alternative reality theme

by William Crum

At this year’s Kansas City Fringe Festival, there was a show called “Check Mate,” directed and written by David Hanson.

Hanson, an assistant administrator for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Libraries, wrote the immersive and cinematic play. The plot involves a scientist’s inventions with alternative realities. A tension develops between the scientist and an industrialist in this play.

Hanson is backed by a team of actors in the melodramatic interactive play.

By far this is one of the best plays I have seen in a long time. It is truly an experience to behold – a play where the audience gets involved.

Hanson developed this play, which was a unique experience. The show is at the Arts Tech, 1522 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.


Restaurant review: Zaxby’s is fast food with style

Chicken club sandwich at Zaxby’s. (Photo by William Crum)

Cheddar bites at Zaxby’s. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There’s a new restaurant in the Legends area that offers a unique fast-food dining experience.

The place I’m talking about is Zaxby’s, 2035 N. 109th, in Kansas City, Kansas.

What I tried was the chicken club sandwich. Normally I do not order a chicken club that has a breading on it. However, upon the recommendation of the server at the counter, I decided to give it a try.

Normally, a chicken club sandwich would be very spicy and dry. But that was not the case with this chicken club sandwich. It was amazing; it melted in my mouth. The server was right.

I also tried the cheddar bites, which blew me away.

I found the restaurant to be very clean and very well-organized. The staff was very well-trained and very attentive as well.

Normally I’m not a fast-food person unless I am in a hurry. The reason I tried this place is a friend of mine recommended it. The staff was friendly and the restaurant was clean. When I got my order, I found the sandwich to be phenomenal.

The sandwich was filled with flavor, nice and juicy and not dry at all nor spicy. The cheddar bites melted in my mouth. I was very impressed.

Normally I am not a fast-food person nor do I recommend very many, but not in this case. Zaxby’s is a fast-food restaurant with style. The service is phenomenal and it is very clean and well-organized. I give this place five stars on everything, food service and cleanliness. They are reasonably priced. It’s truly a place you can take the whole family.

Go by and see what you think. For more information, call them at 913-299-8803, or go to their website,


Congressman sees need for better security


Opinion column

by Murrel Bland

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., said he has received death threats on social media following the shooting of a fellow Congressman last month at a softball practice.

Rep. Yoder, who attended the monthly meeting of the Congressional Forum Friday, July 21, at Children’s Mercy Park, said that anonymous persons threatened him, with comments such as “Too bad you weren’t at the practice.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise from Louisiana was attacked by a gunman the morning of June 14 during a practice for a benefit congressional softball game. There were security guards at the practice—but only because Rep. Scalise is the Majority Whip. The security guards are credited with saving lives.

Rep. Yoder said he expects Congress to consider this lack of security and to do something about it. He said he and Rep. Scalise are good friends.

Rep. Yoder also commented about health care legislation. He said that it will be important to pass legislation that will assure that premiums are affordable and will attract private-sector insurance companies. Many private-sector companies have left this market. Rep. Yoder voted for the U.S. House version health insurance that passed. Now it is up to the U.S. Senate to pass its version. The senators have rejected the House version.

Rep. Yoder said he continues to support more funding for Veterans’ Administration hospitals and also for the National Institute for Health that would advance research for the cure of Alzheimer’s disease. Rep. Yoder said he favors legislation that would change the quota system for “green cards” that affects foreign nationals. Because of a quota system, many highly qualified persons from foreign countries, such as China and India, have been denied immigration to the United States.

The U.S. House has passed 380 bills since the first of the year, Rep. Yoder said.

The Congressional Forum is a committee of the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is the executive director of Business West.