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‘Millie’ is Thoroughly Entertaining


She’s Having Nun of It


Baring It All


How the Rose Tackled the Prodigious ‘Poppins’


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


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...

Playhouse ‘Desire’ Not Too Big for Drew

I have two problems with Bob Fischbach’s reviews in the World-Herald, and they both popped up again in his takes on the pair now running at the Omaha Community Playhouse. First, he lavished praise on the hilarity of Lend Me a Tenor.

My problem, given the daily’s advantage in reaching the print audience first, was that I completely agreed with him. Funniest ever. So I felt less enthusiasm for spreading the word...

Thinking Provoked by Brigit, Shelterbelt

It’s intriguing to encounter plays by Samuel Beckett and Omahan Aaron Zavitz on consecutive days, something you can experience by visiting Brigit St. Brigit’s new space downtown at 10th & Dodge and the Shelterbelt Theatre at  3225 California.

Yes, Beckett’s more established than Zavitz, but the former’s Krapp’s Last Tape has strong appeal in common with the latter’s premiering Intelligentsia. They provoke...

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