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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

 

Portraits of the artists as no longer young

 

Entertaining and Educational

 

Theatre magic for all ages at The Rose.

 

The wild, wild mid-West

 
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...


Weaving threads of damaged lives.

Omaha’s Marie Amthor has woven together a fine fabric of women coming together to give and get comfort, a sisterhood of sorrow and shame. They have AIDS. You don’t often hear about such women. But Amthor, director Elizabeth Thompson  and an excellent cast make them alive at Shelterbelt Theatre in The Other Sewing Circle.

The device seems simple enough. Five such woman create quilts outisde and inside their group,...


Buffalo Bill Strides Again

The Rose Theater has a brand-new work by Omaha’s Max Sparber calling forth images of this city and the nation’s past. It’s Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band, a primarily verbal, theatrical review of some of that icon’s adventures, Cody doing the telling. In this colorful, lively quasi-lecture, near-documentary, young audiences have a chance to learn about him. And adults may find fascinating the many on-screen projections...


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Little Women Stand Tall at Playhouse

The musical version of Little Women at the Omaha Community Playhouse got off to a shaky start before completely winning me over.

The first thing a male reviewer notices is that he is vastly out-numbered, gender-wise, by a female audience that’s probably far more familiar with the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

I hoped it would help that she entered my childhood early, joining Mark Twain and others in a deck...


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