Truth could make you free.

These are days of holy observances. The celebration of Easter and the solemn sorrow of Good Friday have just passed. The rites of Passover soon will be observed. The beliefs inherent in these times have called for and will call for ideas, thoughts, concepts. Interpretations proliferate. Playwright Lucas Hnath goes there in his insightful and […]

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A duck tale delight.

The Rose glows in its production of the musical Honk. The cast, the sets, the costumes all combine for a wonderfully polished performance. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling thrives in a cute, sweet script by Anthony Drewe. Although he devised this especially for young audiences, he’s made sure that adults have […]

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Depth and dimension.

The title of Mike Bartlett’s play Cock, now alive and kicking at SNAP Productions, suggests something genital, wouldn’t you say?  Toss aside such simple expectations. And, despite so many proliferating plays about gay men, this covers new ground, even if the question of identity is at the center. The heart and soul of the vividly […]

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An immersion in power and talent.

Phenomenal soulful singing commands the stage at Omaha Community Playhouse in Caroline or Change, the complex musical wrapping-up its stay on March 20th. The astonishing depth of talent of the African-American singers of the cast makes the visit unforgettable, while the rest of the cast’s vocal skills always remain strong. This extraordinary theatre piece was […]

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Peering into the sunlight and shadows within Cloud 9.

Student actors at UNO have breathed life, vitality and truth into Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. They have kept her provocative 1978 play vivid and meaningful. Although times and cultures have altered in 38 years, these youthful talents seem able to well-personify Churchill’s pointedly crossing of such boundaries, making clear much which still fascinates and resonates. The […]

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Tricky Dick at Barn

Frost/Nixon made my first visit to the new Blue Barn Theatre memorable for many reasons worth ranking roughly in order of their impact. First, not Frost despite an appealing performance by Aaron Zavitz as the Brit talk show host, but Nixon as captured so perfectly by one of the top two or three male actors […]

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