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Cold Cream: 4 quick reviews

My Occasion of Sin is the answer to two questions: What's the title of the play that opened at the Shelterbelt Theater? And can comments on four performances squeeze into one column? Look for more below on the play of that name, but my occasion of sin begins here with quick peeks at theater-going that began last Wednesday with Twelfth Night at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Enough was written in advance about...


Cold Cream: Shelterbelt keeps it local, original

* The Shelterbelt Theatre is most fully on mission when it presents original plays by Omahans, and that what it's doing the next few weekends. Only one qualifier was required in the press release headline, calling them "native" Omaha playwrights. That's because Monica Bauer, who wrote My Occasion of Sin, which opens Friday near 32nd and California, works as a writing fellow at Quinnipiac University back east. But...


Cold Cream

* My first awareness that Andy Rannels was starring in the hit Broadway musical Book of Mormon, by the “South Park” creators, came when a unidentified photo looked familiar. You couldn’t miss that gleaming smile of the fuzzy-cheeked kid who always looked like he’d just been hatched. Now, of course, everybody knows it’s the young man we saw in such Omaha shows as On Golden Pond and 110 in the Shade. Raised...


The Witching Hour’s Bitch worth staying up for

When the French want to “shorten her,” we’re spared the head of Marie Antoinette rolling from the guillotine. But the Witching Hour’s original production, Bitch, doesn’t flinch when it comes to questioning four famous executions. Directed by Jennifer Pool, who co-wrote the one-hour play with Kirstin Kluver and Kathleen Lawler, Bitch boldly risks a fast-paced, highly-choreographed treatment of the French...


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