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Doin’ it for Sugar and Bette Swanson

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Dsc 7251 zpsmunpwbtd Playhouse Tradition

New director Hilary Adams promised to honor the traditional treatment that Omaha Community Playhouse audiences expect when they see the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol.

Put it another way: What would Charles Jones think of the latest version of his adaption of the Charles Dickens classic? Or, since the grand gentleman from Georgia is no longer with us, would the purists who prattle over even the...

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Dd02c smaller Put this Baby in the Corner

The promise “You’ll have the time of your life” headlines a piece of Dirty Dancing publicity, and the daily’s GO section hyped expectations before the musical’s Orpheum opening by insisting, “It’ll be the ‘Time of Your Life’ and then some.”

I’d have settled for the time of my life, happily borrowing again from its best-known song, with no complaint if deprived of “then some.”

Alas, I find myself struggling instead...

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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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