William Inge short plays preview by Charles Ferruzza
What today's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is for the
Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera, the Jewel Box Lounge was for
the female impersonators of the 1950s and '60s. The original Jewel Box,
at 3223 Troost, was a showplace, the big time not only for local femme
mimics such as Mr. Tommy Temple and Mr. Butch Ellis but also for
national acts like Ray (Rae) Bourbon.