BLUEBARN’s 25th Season goes ‘Over the Edge’

The list of great shows in Omaha to see this year just got longer.

The BLUEBARN Theatre made their season announcement last week highlighting their 25th anniversary with a lineup of shows surrounding the theme “Over the Edge”.  The lineup will feature three regional premieres and a remount of a fan favorite holiday show from 2010.

First up will be Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage opening in late September. The play surrounds two sets of parents discussing their children’s playground dispute. The civilized banter quickly turns into an explosion of politically incorrect sparring. I had a chance to see a staging of this show at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2011. It took a little while to take off but when it did, it was a comedic treat that features outstanding ensemble writing.

Late November will open a remount of the 2010 holiday success Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula.  A departure from the light-hearted, campy Christmas shows of the last three years, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is a look at the chained up ghost’s chance at redemption that is both funny and moving. BLUEBARN founder Kevin Lawler will return to once again direct a four person ensemble.

In February, the BLUEBARN will perform the midwest premiere of Gnit by Will Eno. The reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt was performed at the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays earlier this year. Artistic Director Susan Clement-Toberer saw the show at the Louisville-based festival and somehow was able to snag rights to what will be one of the most talked about shows around country in the coming months. For the BLUEBARN to acquire the rights of a Will Eno play right after a large festival performance is huge deal. Nothing showcases the upward trajectory of the theatre more than announcement of this show.

The final show of the season will be the 2009 Tony Award winning 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman. The play details the life of Beethoven dealing with his loss of hearing and creating the Diabelli Variations while also examining the modern day story of Katherine, a musician fascinated by Beethoven’s work battling with ALS while trying to reconnect with her daughter. The show will feature acclaimed local musician Hal France.

The BLUEBARN also announced a partnership with Omaha/San Francisco based architectural firm Min/Day to oversee the design and construction of the new theatre space to be built in Little Italy.

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 08:40 pm
on Monday, July 29th, 2013

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