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Don’t Let “Theater” Be Coupled with “Tragedy”

You might have been sitting in a theater last Thursday night enjoying Crash! Boom! Pow! or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf or in the outdoor amphitheater watching the Papillion-LaVista musical Annie Get Your Gun.

And you might have been home by the midnight hour when Friday came and cast a shadow over the very word theater as it appeared on television screens in bold headlines: Theater Shooting. Aurora Theater...


Season’s Funniest Play Tenor, Tartuffe or?

In less than a week, Theatre Arts Guild voters must pick their favorites from 150 or so nominees in 39 productions. I saw 30 of the 39, and many others that weren’t nominated, including some that were badly neglected on the ballots.

Of the three funniest plays I saw, only Lend Me a Tenor (Omaha Community Playhouse) received appropriate recognition, with nods for best comedy, director, two lead actors, a...


No Woolf Fear for Marr and Markey

As the summer musicals blossom in the burbs and comic book characters pack onomatopoetic punches at the Shelterbelt, the Circle Theater asks the question, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Apparently Mike Markey and Laura Marr fear not the Edward Albee classic because they’re playing George and Martha, the acid-tongued couple once performed by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. Director Denise Chapman also has Haley...


Loving Gershwin’s Porgy on Broadway

WhenA you look out the hotel window and the street sign says, “Rodgers and Hammerstein Row,” you know it’s a short walk to more shows than you have time to see on a brief stop near Times Square.

Especially when you arrive on a Monday when many theaters are dark—which may explain the long lines outside the record-running Phantom of the Opera. So we settled for strolling past the bright lights of the Great White...


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