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Astonishments

 

Truth could make you free.

 

A duck tale delight.

 

Catching all the angles

 

Depth and dimension.

 

An immersion in power and talent.

 

Peering into the sunlight and shadows within Cloud 9.

 

Tricky Dick at Barn

 

Portraits of the artists as no longer young

 

Entertaining and Educational

 

Zinging, Leaping Shakespeare

Wonderful performing cascades before your eyes and ears. It’s The Taming of the Shrew made endearing and vivacious, brimming with style and sparkling loquaciousness as guided by director Amy Lane and interpreted by a flawless 18-member ensemble for Nebraska Shakespeare.  

The players own the stage and Lane has everyone on it in constant and delightful motion. By leaps and bounds, they keep the action and the story...


Accentuating the positive.

Wednesday evening arrivals at the Orpheum were greeted near the front doors by friendly young men in white shirts, carrying religious literature. Mormons. Sure. Why not? The musical The Book of Mormon was on display inside. And further inside, within the program book, the prosperous Church of the Latter Day Saints had bought two full-page ads “You’ve seen the play,” said one. “Now read the book.”

Hey, there’s gold...


Speaking the speeches trippingly on the tongue

Amid solemn, unfurnished rooms of Joslyn Castle, voices are raised and colorfully dressed bodies swirl, evoking words, ideas and drama that Shakespeare wrote. Here Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company seeks to personify many such dimensions and characters. Scott Kurz has taken charge of the complexities by stitching together multiple fabrics of famed plays into what he calls Tyger’s Hart (a title not explained in the...


The feast

Have a little priest

Exceptionally skilled acting at Shelterbelt Theatre makes The Feast by Celine Song an impressive display of talent. And it appears that director Noah Diaz has done much to make the piece provocative.

This unusual and far-out script looks like a worthwhile experiment whose recipe is still in the trial-and-error stage. The script has so many slightly connected ideas and variations on the essence of the matter that...


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