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Jesus Reborn

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Top Talents Deliver Blue Barn’s Carnage

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Wow! 4-Star Comedy Smash Hit at Barn

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-“Recommended?” Yes to Premiere Play

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Play Playhouse Does Producers Right

If you liked past stage or film versions of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, you’re likely to love the Omaha Community Playhouse treatment.

If you weren’t that crazy about it before, you’re still likely to love the Playhouse treatment. There’s something special about seeing hometown talents excel in a handsome setting with ultra-professional production values.

And if you’ve never seen this musical about two producers...

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Mobile-home What’s Your Damage, Heather?

When a cult movie becomes Heathers: the Musical and one managed to not join the cult,

one brings some skepticism to opening night at the Blue Barn Theatre.

I mean, seriously, a musical where a high school kid in a black trench coat starts killing off the snooty clique queen and the jock bullies to rid the world of evil-doers? How good can that be? And what’s it doing at the Barn?

Well, it not only belongs there,...

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Dsc 7251 zpsmunpwbtd Playhouse Tradition

New director Hilary Adams promised to honor the traditional treatment that Omaha Community Playhouse audiences expect when they see the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol.

Put it another way: What would Charles Jones think of the latest version of his adaption of the Charles Dickens classic? Or, since the grand gentleman from Georgia is no longer with us, would the purists who prattle over even the...

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Dd02c smaller Put this Baby in the Corner

The promise “You’ll have the time of your life” headlines a piece of Dirty Dancing publicity, and the daily’s GO section hyped expectations before the musical’s Orpheum opening by insisting, “It’ll be the ‘Time of Your Life’ and then some.”

I’d have settled for the time of my life, happily borrowing again from its best-known song, with no complaint if deprived of “then some.”

Alas, I find myself struggling instead...

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Once musical Haunting Power

Once grabs the audience before the musical even begins. It lets the more adventurous in the crowd belly up to the pub bar on stage while the cast musicians strike up spirited songs with rousing vocals and speeding fiddles.

Then Stuart Ward, as “Guy,” an Irish busker turned vacuum cleaner repairman, sings an anguished lament for lost love and starts to leave his guitar and music career behind. But “Girl,” Dani de...

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