If world goes “Boom!,” say yes to Shrek

boom with a small b at the Playhouse Thursday? Yes. The Bad Seed with a good cast at the Circle Theatre Friday? Yes. Chanticleer’s fund-raising cabaret in CB Saturday? Yes. A Bright New Boise at the Playhouse Monday? Yes.

Shrek the Musical at the Orpheum Tuesday? “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.” The first four affirmatives were mine, but the next five are in quotation marks because they erupted excitedly from my...

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Mo’ Poe in Midtown Haunts

Poe, Poe and more Poe. Edgar Allan everywhere, all over the Joslyn Castle and Shelterskeltering at the Shelterbelt, both lacking only the rasping caw of a raven to give them the full gothic atmosphere.

And Scott Working’s Tales of Poe, a Metro Community College creation in league with the Castle, came complete with an ominous, open-beaked raven hovering over the castle turrets, courtesy of a poster by Midwest...

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Odd Coupling: Rothko’s Red and Funny Girl

No, you’re not getting an essay contrasting Jerry Longe as artist Mark Rothko in Red with Ariel Talacko as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Suffice it to say, viva la difference.

And that’s without making it three for three by catching Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus the next night, doing back-to-back Blue Barn, Creighton and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Instead of flipping a coin to pick between the two...

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Add Delaney and Leanne to Star List

I’m not pleading for a flop, but it could get ho-hum around here if this parade of powerhouse women’s role keeps coming. I’ve seen three plays so far this season and all three featured female triumphs.

It started with Susie Baer Collins as Violet Weston topping the dream team that made August: Osage County a monster hit at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Who could match that role of a lifetime?

Then, just last...

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Julius Tours, Titus Faces Goth Queen

Last week’s look at the first few months of the theater season featured almost everything you needed to know about openings, but here’s a chance—make that one chance only—to catch up with Shakespeare on Tour.

Before director Vincent Carlson-Brown takes Julius Caesar on the road to Nebraska, Western Iowa and South Dakota for its seventh tour, you can see a free performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the...

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Legally Blonde, 1776 Join Lips & Teeth

Alert readers with eidetic memories caught me promising to make the case that this might be called a golden age for theater here. But I didn’t pin down a date to get it done, so consider the following excuse for a delay.

Ideally, all three openings this weekend would be delivered by directors whose work would support my hint that women directors are the 24-carat keys to the golden age claim. They’d add to the...

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Give Gun-Toting Guy a Big Hand

Squeezing dozens of upcoming shows into an 800-word preview of the theater season, like a Thanksgiving feast, provides lots of left-overs to munch here in the weekly Cold Cream.

For example, add this note to our recalling that last season’s Blue Barn offering of the Vibrator Play and this year’s stunning August: Osage County both grew out of staged readings in the Omaha Community Playhouse 21 & Over series. Come...

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