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LIVE ANIMATION

The Rose comes wonderfully alive in its production of Tarzan The Stage Musical. Credit director Kit McKay and assistant director /choreographer Sue Gillespie Bolton for every vibrant, sweet and colorful movement in the production numbers.  The dancing singers move with vigor and precision as a variety of apes. They make the stage their natural territory as if some kind of joyful family. And, when humans file into...


A MONSTER HIT

Mel Brooks creates wonderfully funny stuff. So, when he decided to make a transplant of his 1974 movie Young Frankenstein into a monster of a musical in 2007, who was going to stand in his way? After all, his transformation of 1968’s The Producers into 2001’s roaring, song-filled Broadway smash sent chills and thrills up the spines of backers, garnering 12 Tonys and staying alive and kicking there for seven lucky...


TELLING STORIES

Outstanding acting vivifies SNAP’s newest production. It’s Voices from the Closet, eight monologues written by Daena Schweiger about gay people’s struggles with coming out. Don’t expect the obvious, in the path of recently much-trod ground concerning people emerging into revealing light about their private lives. Schweiger has devised many original, imaginative stories. But also don’t expect moving connections to...


THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG

David Mamet. Yes. He tackles questions of race head on. He knocks you out. No nonsense. He slugs with jabs of ironic wit. Roaring laughs. He gets inside your brain, making you ponder, wonder, question. Pay attention, damn it. You don’t want to miss anything. And you very well might get it all at Omaha Community Playhouse because director Amy Lane and her dynamic cast nail to the wall the entire essence of Race. 

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