Eat Your Vegetables

Colorful, dynamic, vivid, fascinating. These words capture the staging and playing of Ralph Manheim’s translation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Urturo Ui at Blue Barn Theatre. Despite all that admirable non-stop energy though, the details underneath the surface hammer on too long and can easily bewilder an audience. Brecht didn’t make […]

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Femininity In Many Forms

Spotlights on women have recently shown on our theatre stages. The Playhouse offered Calendar Girls in April and Love, Loss and What I Wore in December. Plus there was SNAP Productions’ June offering of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England dwelling on a lesbian trio. But given the overall theatre season, you certainly can’t call […]

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Zinging, Leaping Shakespeare

Wonderful performing cascades before your eyes and ears. It’s The Taming of the Shrew made endearing and vivacious, brimming with style and sparkling loquaciousness as guided by director Amy Lane and interpreted by a flawless 18-member ensemble for Nebraska Shakespeare.   The players own the stage and Lane has everyone on it in constant and delightful […]

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Murder Under The Stars

Nebraska Shakespeare offers an earnest, intellectually provocative production of The Tragedy of Macbeth. It rushes to its foretold conclusion full of energy, at the same time often running roughshod over the eloquent and meaningful speeches which underlie this play’s enduring reputation. Director Vincent Carlson-Brown seems to be attempting to make this a wound-up relentless machine […]

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Accentuating the positive.

Wednesday evening arrivals at the Orpheum were greeted near the front doors by friendly young men in white shirts, carrying religious literature. Mormons. Sure. Why not? The musical The Book of Mormon was on display inside. And further inside, within the program book, the prosperous Church of the Latter Day Saints had bought two full-page […]

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Have a little priest

Exceptionally skilled acting at Shelterbelt Theatre makes The Feast by Celine Song an impressive display of talent. And it appears that director Noah Diaz has done much to make the piece provocative. This unusual and far-out script looks like a worthwhile experiment whose recipe is still in the trial-and-error stage. The script has so many […]

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Astonishments

Kwaidan materializes magnificently at UNO Theatre. This evocation of Japanese Ghosts and Demons comes alive. The Immersive Journey compels in its conception. In its realization. Credit visiting director Izumi Ashizawa and UNO director Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf for a brilliant and fascinating experience.   Remarkable visual effects, choreography, costumes and perfectly integrated style make this […]

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