Cold Cream: Rediscovering Jane Noseworthy

Jane Noseworthy, the former Miss Nebraska who starred often at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the now-departed Dundee Dinner Theatre, plays Portia these days at the Colorado Springs TheatreWorks.

If you’re not up to driving that far for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, consider this description of the venue: “The idyllic environs of the Rock Ledge Ranch near the Garden of the Gods.” Wish Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre could find something that sounds so appealing for their new home.

The blonde, green-eyed Jane belongs to the Screen Actors Guild (four films with unfamiliar titles) and she’s an Equity actor landing professional jobs with Utah Shakespeare, and playing Carrie in Carousel in Los Angeles. My favorite memory of Ms. Noseworthy is not from her many musical roles, but as the innocent in search of a sidekick in Wonder of the World at the Playhouse in a cast that included the late great Pam Carter.

Shakespeare dominates her recent credits. She was Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. The Denver Post described her Rosalind as “playful and completely winning” with “her gender comparisons often drawing cheers.” It’s not too late to catch her in Colorado, where she continues as Portia through Aug. 27 with a company that recently became the seventh in the state to contract with Actors Equity.

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‘Tis the season when it’s tempting to declare the fall theater season underway early. The recent opening of the Candy Project’s Rooms: a Rock Romance is a touch too early and belongs in that company’s usual summer slot.

We won’t count the Official Blues Brothers Revue at the Playhouse because it comes closer to being a small-scale touring company with its visiting cast as Jake, Elwood and Aretha Franklin. But the Playhouse still gets opening honors next week with Becky’s New Car, billed as a “contemporary, captivating” comedy/drama by Steven Dietz.

We’re told a woman who says she needs new shoes “really wants a new job,” and when she says she wants a new house, “she wants a new husband,” and new car means “a new life.” Sounds like something fresh to start the new season, which means just that.

Next up: SNAP! Productions plans Next Fall Aug. 26-Sept. 18 with Todd Brooks directing “a provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love.” Then get ready for three weeks of Broadway’s The Jersey Boys at the Orpheum in September.

                                                                        --Warren Francke

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

 

           

posted at 10:56 pm
on Friday, August 05th, 2011

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