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A Theatre-packed Valentine’s Weekend Awaits

            Several shows abound for those looking to take in some theatre this Valentine’s weekend. If you prefer your love story with a side of zombies, blood, and ponchos, then I suggest you take up Evil Dead: The Musical. As someone who lived through “The Splatter Zone” I can offer a few pieces of advice: 1) Even with the ponchos and foot protection, you will get gloriously bloody. 2) You’ll hardly care after...


Find Your Stage? New Solution, Old Problem

I’m not crazy about splitting theater into the safe, mainstream stuff on one side and plays for “adventuresome” audiences on the other as the Omaha Community Playhouse is doing with its new “Find Your Stage” theme for its 88th season.

But if that’s the latest and best way to bring the likes of August: Osage County to Omaha, more power to them. That triumph also requires applause for the wise earlier decision to...


Big News: Osage County and Retiring Directors

August promised to be all about the most acclaimed drama of the decade, August: Osage County. I made plans months ago to return from the cool heights (8,400 feet) of our summer getaway to see the hottest season-opening play in memory.

The excitement was shared by actors. They swarmed auditions last year when the Tracy Letts play that won both Tony and Pulitzer prizes was presented as a staged reading for the...


Get Acquainted with Annie Baker

Add this to your “timing is everything” list. FAUST (Fine Arts University Student Theatre) will better acquaint us with the work of Annie Baker, just a week before her play Aliens would have been overshadowed by a huge opening at the Playhouse.

Its second weekend will compete with August: Osage County, the award-winning dark comedy by Tracy Letts. So I’m declaring this Annie Baker Week in Omaha if only to...


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