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Those Loquacious Irish

Omaha’s enduring Circle Theatre offers a well-acted and capably directed, thoroughly polished production of The Weir, Conor McPherson’s widely praised and performed 1997 play.Make no mistake, this Irish stuff comes full of gab and not much else. It lacks important plot developments and earnest drama. Nonetheless, the cast carries it off with constant believability and skillful accents. True, what they say and how...


Measure the Magnitude of Les Miserables

The arrival of Les Miserables at the Omaha Community Playhouse is surely the most anticipated production since the theater’s opening in 1959. If you wonder how eagerly it’s awaited, consider these facts:

• When Charles Jones incorrectly believed he’d won rights to the musical 20 years ago, rumors spread quickly and the Playhouse set a record for season ticket sales.

• Auditions this summer drew more than 350...


Box Of Moonlight

“The Fantasticks” seems to be just the sort of musical that I’ve always intended to fall in love with … it’s just that no one has ever given me a reason to do so.

All that has changed with the Omaha Community Playhouse production of the poetic parable about young love confronted by the hard knocks of life. Here a top-notch cast and crew fuel a cleverly staged and costumed performance that offers a couple of big...


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Count The Love

Let me count the ways that love came my way last week in a dozen different performances. What stands out from On Golden Pond at the Omaha Community Playhouse, the nine playlets in From Shelterbelt with Love 11 and the Blue Man Group?

The latter first: The drum-banging blue aliens don’t speak, so they don’t say anything about love, but their twenty-something fans that helped sell out the Orpheum showed their...


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