The wild, wild mid-West

Bluebarn Theatre has opened its doors to a raucous holiday trip. True, this is a previously owned vehicle, but the new mileage gotten out of must be called a gas. Little Nelly’s Naughty Noël is a 2002 original  by Omaha’s Timothy Siragusa and Jill Anderson, revisited with Susan C. Toberer and Anderson as the driving […]

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Playhouse Tradition

New director Hilary Adams promised to honor the traditional treatment that Omaha Community Playhouse audiences expect when they see the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol. Put it another way: What would Charles Jones think of the latest version of his adaption of the Charles Dickens classic? Or, since the grand gentleman from Georgia […]

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Put this Baby in the Corner

The promise “You’ll have the time of your life” headlines a piece of Dirty Dancing publicity, and the daily’s GO section hyped expectations before the musical’s Orpheum opening by insisting, “It’ll be the ‘Time of Your Life’ and then some.” I’d have settled for the time of my life, happily borrowing again from its best-known […]

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Lear and you.

If you are familiar with Shakespeare’s King Lear you will certainly encounter elements of it in Walk The Night, Where Madness Lies produced by Blue Barn Theatre. Knowing the play may lead you to expect characters, scenes, developments which may never materialize. Thus, a lack of familiarity with the original could be a significant advantage. […]

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Shaw lite

George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man certainly entertained and amused a great many people for a long time after its 1894 debut. This light romantic comedy, almost a period piece, given its datedness, needs a production full of style to work best. Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre’s Cathy M.W.Kurz and a capable cast earnestly take […]

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A work of art.

“Putting it together; that’s what counts. Small amounts adding up to make a work of art.” So sings George, the great-grandson of painter Georges Seurat in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s theatrical masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George. That work of art has been put together beautifully at Creighton University’s theater.  Amy Lane has […]

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Beertown Goes Flat

Beertown was so ponderously bad in the early going that I thought of ducking out at intermission.  So what kept me from leaving the Omaha Community Playhouse? Well, there’s the problem of writing a review. And there’s the slim hope that this hodge-podge of scripted theater and the promise of a more interactive second act […]

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Lady Day in dark light

If you feel that you have been acquainted with Billie Holiday and want to know her better you might want to venture deeper at Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in Crossroads Mall. There you will hear superb singing of famed parts of Billie’s performing career by Tiffany White-Welchen in a production staged by […]

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