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Fantasticks Steam Punked

If the steampunk concept draws you to The Fantasticks at the Omaha Community Playhouse, well and good. It’s interesting and appealing.

But it shouldn’t overshadow the more surprising accomplishment of director Carl Beck and his cast. They’ve given us far and away the best treatment of this record-setting 52-year-old musical that I’ve ever seen.

And that includes some very good productions, a half dozen of...


Seven Lucky But Tricky to Schedule

Strap on your playgoing gear and strategize, then tell me how to catch all seven shows that pop up in the next few days. The Brigit St. Brigit, Blue Barn and John Beasley companies make it doable because they’ll run into March.

If you want to see the Cats come out at midnight and create more memories, Omaha Performing Arts gives you five shots at the record-breaking musical, but all performances are squeezed...


Beck Does Steampunk Fantasticks

Old is new when The Fantasticks goes steampunk at the Omaha Community Playhouse Feb. 10-March 18. Think not this musical’s usual idyllic garden wall setting, but 19th century Victorian industrial revolution grime and grit.

If that doesn’t work, check steampunk style in the recent film versions of Sherlock Holmes. Director Carl Beck has Seth Fox as El Gallo, Rich and Jennifer Tritz as the boy and girl, Gordon...


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Cold Cream 1/25

Maybe the fact that the Home and Garden Network so often airs in our house explains why I was even more taken than usual with a Jim Othuse set design for On Golden Pond at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

The large stone fireplace, the fisherman’s hats hanging on the wall, the porch—all you’d want in a lakeside summer home with the loons calling—made January go away for a few hours with Norman and Ethel. It was a...


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