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Speaking the speeches trippingly on the tongue


Have a little priest




Truth could make you free.


A duck tale delight.


Catching all the angles


Depth and dimension.


An immersion in power and talent.


Peering into the sunlight and shadows within Cloud 9.


Tricky Dick at Barn


Peering into the sunlight and shadows within Cloud 9.

Student actors at UNO have breathed life, vitality and truth into Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. They have kept her provocative 1978 play vivid and meaningful. Although times and cultures have altered in 38 years, these youthful talents seem able to well-personify Churchill’s pointedly crossing of such boundaries, making clear much which still fascinates and resonates.

The script starts with satirical fun, a romp...

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Tricky Dick at Barn

Frost/Nixon made my first visit to the new Blue Barn Theatre memorable for many reasons worth ranking roughly in order of their impact.

First, not Frost despite an appealing performance by Aaron Zavitz as the Brit talk show host, but Nixon as captured so perfectly by one of the top two or three male actors in Omaha, Paul Boesing. If you saw him in the Irish play Da for Brigit St. Brigit, you came to expect nothing...

Portraits of the artists as no longer young

Omaha’s Ellen Struve has written a very clever, frequently amusing play Untitled Series #7. And, at Shelterbelt, director Roxanne Wach keeps it unceasingly alive, especially given a standout, dynamic and definitive performance by Mike Palmreuter.

Struve says that she was partly inspired by the style of romantic comedy movies of the 30s. This bubbles with that jolliness which carries over into the 40s, dwelling, as...


Entertaining and Educational

The male usher smiled when I handed him the ticket and suggested that my gender would leave me massively outnumbered in the audience.

At intermission, it’s not unusual to see a long line outside the women’s restroom, a shorter one for the men. But for Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Omaha Community Playhouse the men’s line did not exist.

After an evening where the few men present learned a lot about the...

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