Laughter and Reflections

I wed Carol Burnett 15 years ago, so I have a number of questions for her Laughter and Reflections show which features her fielding queries from fans. Like, why haven’t we consummated the marriage? Being quick on the comeback, the performer may point out that I married a different Carol Burnett, one somewhat sweeter and lovelier but perhaps not as funny. But the rest of you might have less obvious questions, so sign up for her 7 p.m. Sunday session sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts at the Holland Center. It sounds like an appealing concept, providing audience participation and some spontaneity. And it’s probably less labor intensive for Ms. Burnett unless somebody insists on that overworked Tarzan yell. You can reserve $45 tickets the usual ways, by calling the Holland Center or at ticketomaha.com. You may not yet be singing, “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas,” but the Grinch brings his holiday grump to the Orpheum next week. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical opens Tuesday, Nov. 9, to continue a busy Broadway Across America season for Omaha Performing Arts. It features such songs from the original animated series as “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” And we’re spared the movie’s Jim Carrey. Omaha gets Stefan Karl from Iceland, who has played the Grinch for several seasons. The rest of the Dr. Seuss characters from Whoville return, including the narrator, Max the Dog. He’s played by Bob Lauder, an operatic baritone with credits ranging from Falstaff in the Verdi opera to Juan Peron in Evita and Santa Claus in a Vegas show. His bio quips that he survived the first national tour of Titanic. It runs through Sunday, Nov. 14, with an array of Saturday shows at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. That sounds like a killer schedule until you learn that it runs only 85 minutes without intermission. But four shows a day is still a load when it involves hauling that big bag of Christmas gifts up the mountain. Good luck to Holy Cross Catholic Church with what is being billed with optimism as its “first annual melodrama,” The Dastardly Doctor Devaraux directed by Roxanne Wach. Actually, they call it a “medical melotrauma.” Starring Jeff Shields and Deb Kelly, the show runs Nov. 5-14 at the Holy Cross gym on S. 48th St., at 7:30 p.m., 6 p.m. on Sundays. Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com.

posted at 02:28 pm
on Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010

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