Hard Day's Night

By Vicki Vodrey

About the Show

Poor Kelly. Growing up isn’t easy – parents obsessed with Disney, a popular sister, Grandpa’s ghost in the basement, and a house cluttered with pet ashes. But at her parents’ twentieth anniversary celebration, with guests there for partying the night away, she vows to make things change. As Kelly says, “It’s a f***ing compliment to call this family dysfunctional!”

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“Meet Kelly K. Kelly, a seventeen year-old outcast who craves a normal life and wants “a beau.”

Instead, she’s trapped in a world cluttered with Disney décor, pet ashes, Beatles’ lyrics and one hell of a crazy family. But tonight, after their last pet has died and company is arriving for her parents’ twentieth anniversary, she may just get her wish.”

“This play was not only a masterful collection of humor, drama, and Beatles’ lyrics; it was perhaps the best theatre performance I was privileged to see at KC Fringe 2014.” Anthony Rogers, KCMETROPOLIS

Reviews and Press

I want to shout from the rooftops how AMAZING “Hard Day’s Night” at @Fringe NYC was tonight! This show needs to go places! Megan Wrappe, Theatre Is Easy, Twitter, 16 Aug, 2015

“As someone who felt like an odd duck a time or two or twelve growing up, Hard Day’s Night hit me…hard. Self acceptance is an extremely difficult lesson to learn and Kelly has quite the time with it. She says she would “rather be invisible and fly under the radar,” and “I don’t want to draw attention to myself,” which are valid sentiments when your mom and dad clearly have their own issues and your sister hates you. When she finally meets a person who might be able to tear down the walls she’s built up, she’s scared out of her mind. She is so used to being ignored, it is hard for her to believe she matters. How refreshing it is to see such a pivotal moment, and one that I, and likely many others, can relate to, portrayed in such a tender way…

…there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments too, which are a direct credit to Vicki Vodrey’s writing. With a book that has almost a Gilmore Girls humor to it, the story is fresh and resonant. Topics such as depression, over the counter drug use, and infidelity are included, but discussions are handled in a fairly open manner and do not detract from the spirit of the story, which Vodrey manages to keep alive throughout the show, even through the screaming matches between Kelly’s parents.

A special nod should also be given to Vodrey’s Beatles Lyric Dialogue Specialist, Jan Simon. I imagine making dialogue out of Beatles’ lyrics would be a fairly difficult task, yet the lines that were chosen (which range from well-known Beatles songs to the more obscure) flow effortlessly.

There is a kooky charm about this show. As Kelly says about her family,

“They will never understand her world, and that is okay.” Her world is one I would not mind living in, and her story deserves a long and happy life on stage.”

Megan Wrappe, Theatre Is Easy, August 2015

“The play works on all levels. Vodrey took care in the character development phase of the writing, giving each character a chance to give a back story, a current story, and provides a chance to develop the depth of character needed for this.”

“The show comes with the highest recommendations…”

Bob Evans, The Examiner

“This play was not only a masterful collection of humor, drama, and Beatles’ lyrics; it was perhaps the best theatre performance I was privileged to see at KC Fringe 2014.

“The writing overall was brilliant, and those on stage gave each line the respect and relevant delivery it required for maximum effect.”

“Writer’s Pick 2013-2014: Theatre – A Hard Day’s Night

Anthony Rogers, KCMETROPOLIS

“An Intricate, enormously funny 90-minute dark comedy that easily should fill any theater in Kansas City.”

“This is one of the productions for the (KC) Fringe Festival that should go straight to the top of must-sees.”

“For the answer and one of the best nights you can have at the Fringe Festival you must attend a performance of A Hard Day’s Night.”

Steve Wilson, Broadway World

“A Hard Day’s Night is a superb angst-ridden drama that excellently showcases a dysfunctional family. It is not only a definite must see at this year’s Kansas City Fringe Festival, but also one of Vodrey’s best works. A+”

Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com