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Rivera

Faith, Hope and Love

They stand before you or stand side by side, parsing the idea of same-sex marriages in our time, a time in which such unions are still not taken for granted, questioning what is normal and confronting normal questions. Thus, in ninety or so minutes, nine theatre pieces by eight playwrights unfold in Brian Shnipper’s deliberate compendium Standing on Ceremony:The Gay Marriage Plays. Couples prepare their vows, look...


Contentiously Being Jewish.

As it turns out, the new, sensational, national theatre hit, Joshua Elias Harmon’ Bad Jews has a title with a double meaning. And, although, it’s called a comedy, multiple layers surface, making it more admirable and significant than you might think at first.

Although two young adult cousins viciously and vociferously tangle over a family heirloom, other elements heat up within their antagonism. The core issue...


Truckin ‘n Singin’ Down Texas Way.

Omaha Community Playhouse has come up with a thoroughly audience-friendly production. Hands on a Hardbody reaches out and brings you up close and personal with people who might seem to be your neighbors. They represent Texans but, since there are Omahans within those simple clothes, you might even know them.  Then too, the cast members mingle amid you as at a real event, where you sit on bleachers rather than in a...


Camelot

Sun Soon Shines on Darker Camelot

Ominous and uneven drum beats warn the audience from the outset that this Camelot will not be the cheery Julie Andrews musical they remember. A grim King Arthur confirms the notice that the old “pastel” version has been updated to a darker and grittier tale of betrayal.

But so it seems only briefly. Soon we’re back to the Camelot extolled in the title song, a place of joyful ever-aftering where the reluctant...


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