Set Design Genius

You don’t need me to tell you about the excitement called Eurydice that’s underway at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The daily’s Bob Fischbach drew a delicious sketch Sunday of the plans by designer Robbie Jones for Sara Ruhl’s twist on the classic story of Orpheus in the Underworld. The reason I was so […]

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Swimming With Sharks

West Side Story opens Tuesday at Orpheum West Side Story’s Sharks are killers, says Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original book and directed the latest revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical. That means German Santiago, as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, plays one tough Puerto Rican. Born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, […]

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Two Giants

Fences and Talk Radio in review by Warren Francke Neither is tall, but both men tower like stage giants in starkly different roles. In Fences, John Beasley plays Troy, scarred by an abusive father and the mid-century bigotry that denied his baseball talent. In Talk Radio, Jerry Longe is far removed from his annual Scrooge […]

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Cold Cream

You don’t need me to tell you about the excitement called Eurydice that’s underway at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The daily’s Bob Fischbach drew a delicious sketch Sunday of the plans by designer Robbie Jones for Sara Ruhl’s twist on the classic story of Orpheus in the Underworld. The reason I was so […]

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Cold Cream

You get Romeo and Juliet plus two more fortunate couples, Vince and Sarah and Alan and Faith, all for free on the grass of Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. And Will Shakespeare himself sets the scene for this 75-minute version of the star-crossed lovers. Vincent Carlson-Brown and Sarah Carlson-Brown, veterans of the Nebraska Shakespeare educational […]

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Shock Jock

Blue Barn is ‘On The Air’ with Talk Radio at Downtown Space Talk Radio struck a timely chord when it was a Pulitzer-nominated play. It seems even more timely 22 years later as it opens at the Blue Barn’s Downtown Space. Then America had shock jocks like Howard Stern and liberal voices such as Alan […]

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How Glory Goes

Dan Tracy plays Floyd Collins at Creighton From Tony in West Side Story and Siegfried in Das Barbecu to Jesus in Godspell, Dan Tracy isn’t new to musical theater leads at Creighton University and elsewhere. But his title role in Floyd Collins is “the most unique role I’ve played.” Only lucky Lindy himself, Charles Lindbergh, […]

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Cold Cream

Raise your hand if you’re working on a musical titled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo who Played with Fire and Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Stand on a chair and wave if you’re a pint-sized performer, denied the roles that go to leggy lasses but eager to play 4’11” Lisbeth Salander. Not since witnessing the […]

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