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‘Treasure Island’

 

‘Every Direction is North’

 

A Survivor of Murderous African Civil War Finds Refuge In America

 

Ginsburg, Hatfield and Smith

 

‘A Hex, A Hoax, A Guest, A Ghost’

 

Swing State

 

Have a little priest

 

Cutting EDGE Design

 

Once Upon a Time or Two

 

Astonishments

 

Leaving a Legacy

            Walking around the backstage shop of the Omaha Community Playhouse, set builders are hard at work creating the upcoming musical Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. They’re making gigantic cofins, painting large landscapes, sanding down staircases, and building a massive hayrack on bouncy springs for ‘ze roll in ze hay’. Checking in on the progress and showing me around the shop are the shows directors,...


GENIUS AT WORK

In "33 Variations" Moisés Kaufman has created a deep, intelligent, fascinating, ultimately emotionally stirring play, one made vivid and appealing by director Susan Clement-Toberer and her cast at Blue Barn Theatre. The title comes from one of Beethoven’s last major works for piano, "33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli." Therein lies much of the heart of the story. A progression of terminal illness and...


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...


The Challenges of ‘Race’

Race by David Mamet, the Omaha Playhouse’s latest production in the Howard Drew Theatre, presented plenty of challenges for director Amy Lane and cast.

Lane’s Husband, an attorney in Omaha, provided some interesting legal perspective for the actors going into rehearsals.

“There’s a lot of legal aspects of the play that he came in and was very helpful in discussing with the actors. But mostly, he talked about...


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