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Billy’s Back as Buddy Holly

Billy’s wearing the Buddy Holly glasses for the last time, he insists, but the opening night crowd that gave him a standing ovation cried, “No!,” as they cheered for an encore that delivered a large slice of “American Pie.”

Before they arrived, the Omaha Community Playhouse had already responded to ticket demand by adding two more dates beyond the original “That’ll be the day” finale on June 24. If you’re among...


Two Names Pop Up in Drama Week

Oddly, very oddly, the two names that pop out at me after a week full of theatrical drama are a complete surprise. One came from the Great Plains Theatre Conference, with its abundance of great moments.

After a rough Sunday night at the Burlington Depot, when awful acoustics in the four-story atrium undermined the opening Playfest, Tuesday afternoon made the whole week worthwhile with performances by Pegi...


Contrasting Hits: Hairspray and Goddess Bazaar

It happens every June. The big musicals at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Rose open while the Great Plains Theatre Conference fills every waking hour with up to three plays at a time.

And this time Brigit St. Brigit replaced their scheduled Canterbury Tales with a must-see one-woman show, The Great Goddess Bazaar, that’s as appealing an hour-plus of entertaining artistry as you’ll see in these...


Hairspray’s More Than Wigs, Brigit Gets Goddess

No, Hairspray is not about wigs and The Great Goddess Bazaar is not a fancy feminist flea market. Hairspray is a really big musical at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Goddess is a unique one-woman show from Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre.

Both are a bit overshadowed by the myriad offerings of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, but fully worthy of their own place in the spotlight. But Brigit’s Cathy M.W. Kurz...


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