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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...


HOLIDAY CHEER WARMS UP THE HOLIDAY

The Rose Theater has a marvelous production of a seasonal favorite bound to delight everyone, young and old. I find it the classiest, most polished, professional-quality presentation I’ve seen there in the one year I’ve been attending. Of course, the company already has a winner in the script, a stage re-creation of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, the beloved 1983 movie. This comes decorated with jolly, colorful...


WHAT THE DICKENS?

Circle Theatre is on the move again. It’s alive once more after having exited its former venue at Central Presbyterian Church last year. This November it vigorously came back to life with a wonderful  production of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow in a Benson pizza restaurant. Now it returns to its dinner theatre concept. Another church. First United Methodist Church.

The show is The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate...


THREE SIBLINGS YEARN FOR BETTER LIVES NEAR A BIRD-HAUNTED CHERRY ORCHARD

SNAP Productions presents Christopher Durang’s Anton Chekhov-spin-off Vanya and  Sonia and Masha and Spike. Given the play’s reputation, that makes a lot of sense. After a 2012 debut off-Broadway, it had major commercial success during its 2013 five-month run on Broadway and won a Tony for best play plus several other significant awards. Nonetheless, this production makes clear noticeable flaws. Perhaps the talents...


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