– The BLUEBARN Theatre is currently tackling the David Mamet classic American Buffalo, running now through October 25th. The theatre first performed the play in its inaugural season back in 1989. Now, director Susan Clement-Toberer takes the reigns maneuvering Mamet’s unique rhythms with a 3 person cast of Omaha theatre veterans (Thomas Becker, Jerry Longe, and Jonathan Purcell).

Becker plays the role of Teach, a man he says “is desperate to be more than he his but he is broken.” 

“He is chasing an imaginary win and the win is what takes precedence over everything and everyone,” Becker said.  “To ask myself, as an actor, whether or not Teach is lying about a thing is almost a mute point; if he is lying he makes himself believe his own lie as quickly as he utters it.”

Longe plays the shop owner, Donny. Quite simply, Longe said, “Donny thinks he’s a nice guy. He is not.”

Purcell, who plays the young junkie Bobby, talked about the uniqueness of rehearsing and performing Mamet.

“The story is tragically beautiful,” he said. “It’s gripping and pretty funny too, that’s a dynamite blueprint. The writing is perfect for the three characters he’s created and very realistic. They interrupt, stammer, and they hem & haw as folks do, and yet it’s a Swiss watch at the same time. There’s a rhythm you just have to find together, and a pace you have to keep. If you don’t, or you lose it, it’s just not the same story and people can tell.”

Becker echoed the sentiment saying, “This is the most difficult piece I’ve ever taken on. Thank God I’m with the best Director, cast, and crew I’ve ever worked with.  When we get it right it’s music.”

– Younger audiences can check out The Rose Theater’s staging of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat, running now through October 19th. The show features Noah Diaz in the title role alongside Robby Stone, Jackie Krappes, Lauren Krupski, Sue Gillespie Booten, and Aaron Ellis.

Director Kevin Ehrhart said of the show, “This is a story that seems simple on the surface, but has a much deeper meaning. It is a story about resilience. In life, things get crazy and then come out the other side. You just have to approach chaos with flexibility and joy. If you can have a little bit of fun during the wild ride, all the better.”

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

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