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Accentuating the positive.

 

Speaking the speeches trippingly on the tongue

 

Have a little priest

 

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.

 

An immersion in power and talent.

Phenomenal soulful singing commands the stage at Omaha Community Playhouse in Caroline or Change, the complex musical wrapping-up its stay on March 20th. The astonishing depth of talent of the African-American singers of the cast makes the visit unforgettable, while the rest of the cast’s vocal skills always remain strong.

This extraordinary theatre piece was conceived by composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony...


Peering into the sunlight and shadows within Cloud 9.

Student actors at UNO have breathed life, vitality and truth into Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. They have kept her provocative 1978 play vivid and meaningful. Although times and cultures have altered in 38 years, these youthful talents seem able to well-personify Churchill’s pointedly crossing of such boundaries, making clear much which still fascinates and resonates.

The script starts with satirical fun, a romp...


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Tricky Dick at Barn

Frost/Nixon made my first visit to the new Blue Barn Theatre memorable for many reasons worth ranking roughly in order of their impact.

First, not Frost despite an appealing performance by Aaron Zavitz as the Brit talk show host, but Nixon as captured so perfectly by one of the top two or three male actors in Omaha, Paul Boesing. If you saw him in the Irish play Da for Brigit St. Brigit, you came to expect nothing...


Portraits of the artists as no longer young

Omaha’s Ellen Struve has written a very clever, frequently amusing play Untitled Series #7. And, at Shelterbelt, director Roxanne Wach keeps it unceasingly alive, especially given a standout, dynamic and definitive performance by Mike Palmreuter.

Struve says that she was partly inspired by the style of romantic comedy movies of the 30s. This bubbles with that jolliness which carries over into the 40s, dwelling, as...


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