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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...


Missed Musicals Make Way for Song Cycle

Robbie Burns told me there would be weeks like this when the best-laid plans of mice and men would fall victim to the unexpected. And some lesser mortal made the point that the show and the weekly column must go on.

The plan? Review Spring Awakening Thursday at the Blue Barn, then catch Happy Days at the Chanticleer Community Theater in Council Bluffs. Troubled teens, than back to the ‘50s, as the headline...


Meet Beasley’s Boys Next Door

Add Amy Laaker to the long list of capable women directors who do so much to make theater here strong and diverse. She brought The Boys Next Door back to the John Beasley Theater and created a warmhearted evening with four men who completely disappear into their roles as mentally handicapped residents of a group home.

Aided by their supervisor so ably played by Brent Spencer, their lives unfold in brief...


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