Tragic Drama

A musical that won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book clearly deserves our attention. This triumph marches forth here and now at the Playhouse, bringing us Alfred Uhry and Harold Prince’s powerfully disturbing re-telling of tragic real events with songs by Jason Robert Brown, striding and soaring, edgy and beautiful.   At the […]

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Crossing Dimensions

There’s a whole lot of shaking going on at Shelterbelt where Amy Elizabeth Schweid’s Across Rhodes  world-premieres. Not Jerry Lee Lewis stomping at the keys but ceiling lamps quiver and people are known to tumble. The spirits are not always willing.  In Schweid’s first produced full-length play, two out of life’s mainstream play […]

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A Leap of Faith

The cast at the Playhouse does an excellent job of getting as much as possible out of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord;  but he hasn’t given them much worth their time and effort. This play looks more like an idea for a situation comedy than something equal to his best loony and/or serious scripts. Almost as […]

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American Music Takes the Stage

The Omaha Symphony begins a year-long Leonard Bernstein celebration this month in his centennial year, kicking off with his dance music and that of Aaron Copland in a fresh take on that American composer’s legendary “Appalachian Spring.”Performing the ballet with the Orchestra is Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope. In its 46th season, it reaches back in time […]

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Funny Nastiness

With the title of the play Ripcord  at the Playhouse, you might wonder if there’s a parachute jump or if someone is tearing up something. Actually, it looks as if both ideas apply. Assisted-living roommates Abby and Marilyn constantly leap into tirades and slash at each other. A duel of wits ensues which has […]

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