Top Theaters Doing What They Do Best

For the first time in recent years, you can see Omaha’s top theaters at their best on the same weekend. That couldn’t happen when Brigit St. Brigit and the Blue Barn shared the Downtown Space in the Old Market.

There’s A Christmas Carol, of course, at the Omaha Community Playhouse, joined Friday through New Year’s Eve by the McGuigan brothers doing Yesterday and Today, their interactive Beatles show that fits so...

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Christmas Snow Falls on London Town

We see theater in all sorts of venues, but few can match the current opportunity to see A Christmas Carol with snow falling on a Dickensian street and Tartuffe with powdered wigs and period costumes in the splendor of the Joslyn Castle music room.

Brigit St. Brigit is blessed to present the Moliere classic surrounded by beautiful wood, whether it’s oak as described in the daily, or satinwood as I termed it last...

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Chanticleer Terminal? Not While There’s Sex at 60

No bats fluttered from the wings of the Chanticleer Community Theater at last Thursday’s preview of Sex, Please, We’re Sixty. In fact, the most gothic moment came before the play began when theater manager Bob Putnam welcomed us to Chanticleer’s “final season.”

In other words, he introduced the senior sex comedy by declaring the company’s financial plight terminal. Chisel the tombstone “R.I.P. 1952-2012” after a...

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Don’t Resist Adult Onset Beatlemania

Most of us would need help from our evil twin to catch all the theater openings the next two weekends. I’ll start with the one that closes quickest, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, not only because it runs so briefly—8 p.m. Friday and two shows Saturday—but to see how the touring company compares with our home-grown treatment by Billy McGuigan.

Maybe the most striking claim for the John, Paul, George and Ringo...

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Girl’s Room at BLT; Good/Bad News from CB

Girl’s Room all takes place in the bedroom of Katie Silver, played by Shelby Larson, as she rides an emotional roller coaster with her mother (Vanessa Larson) and grandmother (Kay Clark). Theater-goers are most likely to know the latter, given a long history of appearances by both Kay and husband Bernie Clark.

But they might not know that the trio, cast as three generations in the play by Joni Fritz at the...

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Cheer Brave Women and Villain’s Downfall

The best part of enjoying a fresh new show is not only having it meet high expectations, but surprising you with the unexpected. That’s what happened with Flyin’ West at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

You expect to be drawn close to the pioneer homesteaders in the wooden warmth of their rural Kansas home, thanks to a rustic set designed by newcomer Ahna Packard in the close confines of the Howard Drew Theatre....

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