Some Stories Stay Timeless

The multi-Tony-winning musical The King and I  marches on. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic still has a lot to offer, including enduring wonderful songs such as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance?” Plus a timeless and fascinating, pointed story based on real events. […]

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BRING IN THE NEW

The New Year is here.  And the seven-month second part of the 2017-2018 theatre shines with fresh offerings. Call them new too, or certainly so little familiar that they may seem new. Among 19 such, there are two world premieres, depictions of real people, five musicals including a multi-Tony Award winner, comic takes […]

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BACKSTAGE

Unseen artists enriched our lives last year in the first four months of this theatre season, especially directors, scenic and costume designers. A collaboration among many made Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps  at Bluebarn a delightfully wild and crazy circus, ring-mastered by inventive Susan Clement-Toberer. The wigs and costumes from Kendra Newby became […]

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Tour de Farce

You’ve got to hand it to the teams behind the curtain and in front of it at Bluebarn for making The 39 Steps  step so lively that you may need to catch your breath. And wonder how the four-person cast doesn’t huff and puff while bringing the house down in this wild and crazy circus, […]

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Spring Awakening Stirs the Heart

Spring Awakening  pulses with truth and vitality at UNO Theatre. The pointed story of this musical comes across as a living thing. The performers’ singing and acting glow with personality and soul, enriched by co-directors Doran Schmidt and Wai Yim’s perceptive and inventive colorations. Appropriate to the story, this ensemble feels like people who have […]

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Stepping Lively

Stepping forward at Bluebarn, the assembled ensemble of four familiar talents takes on the task of portraying ca 150 characters, sending up Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary 1935 film The 39 Steps. Richard Hannay, KCB, OBE, DSO,FYI, PDQ becomes accidentally involved in preventing a spy organization, AKA the 39 Steps, from stealing British military secrets. Mistakenly accused of […]

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