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Multiple Layers of Truth

 

Vote Vargas!

 

Two Examined Lives Worth Living

 

Power and Play in the Park

 

Droid Dreams

 

Love Above and Below the Surface.

 

The Fine Things of Youth

 

Rockin’ Omahans Take the Stage

 

Vinton $treet Venture

 

migration (empire)

 

“Les Miz” and “Young Frankenstein”: a Tale of Two Shows

            One would think that after directing a show like Les Miserables to begin their final season at The Omaha Playhouse, Young Frankenstein would be comparatively easy. Not the case, according to directors Carl Beck and Susie Baer Collins.

            “When we picked the season we thought it was going to be incredibly ambitious,” Collins said. “Now that we’re in it, it was very true.”

            The...


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...


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