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-“Recommended?” Yes to Premiere Play

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Playhouse Premieres Family Fun

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Doin’ it for Sugar and Bette Swanson

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Lion King Roars Its Return to Orpheum

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Brigit Lives Up to O’Neill Classic

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Once musical Haunting Power

Once grabs the audience before the musical even begins. It lets the more adventurous in the crowd belly up to the pub bar on stage while the cast musicians strike up spirited songs with rousing vocals and speeding fiddles.

Then Stuart Ward, as “Guy,” an Irish busker turned vacuum cleaner repairman, sings an anguished lament for lost love and starts to leave his guitar and music career behind. But “Girl,” Dani de...

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Jcs 3 Jesus Reborn

By the time Jesus Christ Superstar settles down for The Last Supper, you don’t expect a Leonardo DaVinci look on the Omaha Community Playhouse stage. Instead, when the title character raises red plastic in a picnic setting, you wouldn’t be shocked if he sang, “Red Solo Cup, I lift you up, lets have a party.”

But director Kimberly Faith Hickman doesn’t stray that far from the original. Jesus does refer to the bread...

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Top Talents Deliver Blue Barn’s Carnage

by Warren Francke

 

Call the play God of Carnage, open a Blue Barn season themed “Over the Edge” with two sets of wary parents on opposing leather couches, and you don’t expect to wait long before all hell breaks loose.

Playwright Yasmine Reza adds to the fun by not making it easy to pick sides or root for one pair over the other, or even one particular father or mother. All four give as good as they get.

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Buy Playhouse Tickets Fast As You Can

It’s not like one reviews a new production of Les Miserables by writing on a blank slate. Not when you’ve seen it many times, from the Orpheum in Omaha to the Palace in London.

Instead, it becomes a question of when the goose bumps first rise and when the handkerchief is pulled from a pocket as the tears first fall.

So what happened on preview night at the Omaha Community Playhouse? I’ll spare you the exact...

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Wow! 4-Star Comedy Smash Hit at Barn

It’s too bad Ben Beck wasn’t overweight when he started rehearsing as the leading man in The 39 Steps. He’d have shed any extra pounds during its six-week run at the Blue Barn.

Instead he gains the chance to be a 1930s Hollywood hero ala Alfred Hitchcock, whose portly presence even shows up silhouetted in as fast-paced an action comedy as you’ll ever see on stage. He’s helped by a comely and curvaceous Kirstin...

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