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Fresh Holiday Fare

Elf-The Broadway Musical (to use its full title) has merrily dropped off for a short stay in Omaha. This traveling company bag-full of goodies stays charming throughout. It has plenty of delightful songs, contemporary jokes to please adult folks, cute choreography and very inventive sets. The package should please everyone.

Moreover, the capable cast members, ably directed by Sam Scalamoni, interpret the cheery...


A Play of Minds

In the congenial surroundings of Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre two capable local actors personify an encounter between Sigmund Freud and earnestly Christian, ex-atheist novelist C. S. Lewis (e.g. The Chronicles of Narnia). They materialize in Mark St. Germain’s  play Freud’s Last Session which narrows in on debates about God and connected issues such as the meaning of life, love, sex, war and...


Those Loquacious Irish

Omaha’s enduring Circle Theatre offers a well-acted and capably directed, thoroughly polished production of The Weir, Conor McPherson’s widely praised and performed 1997 play.Make no mistake, this Irish stuff comes full of gab and not much else. It lacks important plot developments and earnest drama. Nonetheless, the cast carries it off with constant believability and skillful accents. True, what they say and how...


Measure the Magnitude of Les Miserables

The arrival of Les Miserables at the Omaha Community Playhouse is surely the most anticipated production since the theater’s opening in 1959. If you wonder how eagerly it’s awaited, consider these facts:

• When Charles Jones incorrectly believed he’d won rights to the musical 20 years ago, rumors spread quickly and the Playhouse set a record for season ticket sales.

• Auditions this summer drew more than 350...


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