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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-“Recommended?” Yes to Premiere Play

by Warren Francke

 

Recommended Reading for Girls completes a remarkable pairing on the two stages of the Omaha Community Playhouse. While another world premiere, the screwball comedy A Night with the Family, continues on the main stage, Omahan Ellen Struve’s original play runs in the more intimate Howard Drew.

It’s a tribute to the confidence of the Playhouse leadership that they booked two unproven plays,...

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Playhouse Premieres Family Fun

It’s tempting to play doctor and diagnose the world premiere play that opened at the Omaha Community Playhouse last weekend. But that urge doesn’t happen until late in the second act of A Night with the Family.

For the entire first act and well into Act Two, you’re having way too much fun to even think about what it might take to make an entertaining evening even better. Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett wasn’t...

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Doin’ it for Sugar and Bette Swanson

The musical Sugar sports one song with a fighting chance to send you home singing its title, “Doin’ It For Sugar.” Change that slightly to “doin’ it for Bette” and it comes closer to the spirit of a preview performance at the Bellevue Little Theatre.

A pre-show tribute honored Bette Swanson, its producer who is stepping down from that role after producing 27 years at the BLT, including two earlier goes at this...

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Lion King Roars Its Return to Orpheum

The creative unity of Disney’s The Lion King is greater than even its wonderful parts. Its greatness, more than any blockbuster musical before, requires no starring celebrities; its success was assured before casting.

And its magic begins in the very beginning, when the sage monkey woman Rafiki, a South African named Nteliseng Nkhela, slashes the air with her piercing call to all the other creatures.. The...

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Beethoven Variations and Transformations

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Free and Open to the Public
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SUNDAY 23
Mar, 23
INFLUENCE OF THE TIMES, Classical, Jazz, Romantic.
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Carmelo Galante, clarinet
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Million Dollar Quartet

TUESDAY 18 
Feb. 18-23
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
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409 S. 16th St.
Tues-Thurs: 7:30 p.m. Fri: 8 p.m. Sat: 2 & 8 p.m. Sun: ... more »


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SUNDAY 23
Feb. 23
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Omaha Symphony’s Symphony Joslyn
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GNIT

THURSDAY 20
Feb. 20-Mar. 15
GNIT
Blue Barn Theatre
614 S. 11th St.
Tickets: $20-$25http://www.bluebarn.org
 

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FRIDAY 14
Feb. 14
THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA FEATURING NEW YORK VOICES
Kiewit Hall, Holland Center
2200 Dodge St.
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FRIDAY 31
Jan. 31-Feb 16
THE GROCER’S GOBLIN & THE LITTLE MERMAID
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2001 Farnam St.
Fri: 7 p.m. Sat: 2 & 5 p.m. Sun: 2 ... more »



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