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Absurdity Abound in ‘Spamalot’

 

‘Woolf’ is a Beast of a Challenge

 

Welcome to the Jungle

 

Gaining Momentum

 

At the Intersection Between High Art and Slapstick

 

Hold On to Your Hats

 

Hurricane Donna

 

A Contemporary ‘Superstar’

 

Lead Actor Sam Lips Talks ‘Pippin’

 

The Grotesque is on Display in UNO’s “Freakshow’

 

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...


Belt Busy with Instant Plays & Quiche-Eating

If the Theatre Arts Guild gave a TAG award for the most interesting way to end July and enter August, it would go to the Shelterbelt Theatre and its leaders, Craig Bond and Ellen Struve.

The Belt jumped from Crash! Boom! Pow! to Instant Theatre Boot Camp and the remounting of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.

After the Ben Beck/Molly Welsh play, writers were paired up last weekend to write 15-minute plays for casts...


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