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SOME PLACE LIKE HOME

In its eleventh year of surging vitality,a great-looking, superbly produced version of Wicked,  the musical, has arrived in this Great Plains state, neighbor to Dorothy Gale’s Kansas. Not that Dorothy is at the center of this visit to Oz. She’s a sound effect and a shadow. You probably know that. This adventure has become a legend of our time to which audiences cherish renewed visits, as if it were the second coming...


Lives of Not Always Quiet Desperation

In the minds of many, Nebraska is part of the U.S. heartland, aka The Midwest.  And Kansas-born William Inge has become known as “The Playwright of the Midwest.” So it seems fitting and proper that his Come Back Little Sheba should appear in Omaha. SNAP Productions reveals it in its tight, little venue. An appropriate choice; the confined space enclosing the principal characters bears on how they exist.

This...


Taking a Stab At Comedy

UNO grad Rob Urbinati has been spending time recently at his alma mater directing a new version of his comedy Death by Design, first staged in Houston in 2011. This production is described as a “world-premiere” given that, evidently, it’s a modification of the original. This might be due to the insertion of three charming songs by Peter Mills. Information about such background is not revealed in the tiny program...


The Unsavvy Traveler

Blue Barn Theatre houses a fresh, often hilarious, contemporized, profanity-spiked take on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. This version, called Gnit, is written by a guy from Massachusetts, Will Eno. The skilled actors get a lot of good results out of what’s there. They especially make the best of a multitude of funny lines without ever going overboard, thanks, no doubt, to director Susan Clement-Toberer’s take on how...


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