Luke Fears Adam’s Fall to Hell

Next Fall isn’t a title that compels you to rush to the theater. But it’s a play by Geoffrey Nauffts that earned a review that sounds like must-see drama coming to SNAP! Productions Friday at 3225 California            Todd Brooks produces and directs the play featuring Luke, a man of traditional faith in God, and Adam, played by Thomas Lowe. According to a blurb from Brooks, “Adam is not sure what he believes.”

            But the Times headlines its review, “Love with a proper atheist and other leaps of faith.”

            And it suggests elsewhere that both men are equally committed to their quite different beliefs.

            The review warns not to “mistake it for something slighter,” though it has the qualities of a “cosmopolitan comedy” that might be pitched for a television series. Instead, we’re promised “an intellectual stealth bomb,” an “artful, thoughtful and very moving story of a gay couple agonizing” over the gap between their beliefs. Luke, in fact, believes the man he loves is going to hell.

            The play runs Aug. 26-Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays except for 2 p.m. the final Sunday. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors; $10 on Thursdays. Visit snapproductions.com or call 402.41.2757.

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The theater season opened last week and is now bursting with enough activity to fill each coming day with great variety. The Playhouse 21 & Over series resumes Monday at 7:30 p.m. with the Red Theatre doing original short plays, and the Playhouse drama book club will discuss Next Fall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Guiou Board Room.

            That’s the same day as a fundraising event at the PS Collective, An Actor’s Nightmare Improv featuring all manner of talent doing scenes from recent Playhouse productions starting at 8 p.m. on Maple Street in Benson.

            Andrew McGreevy will present actors from the Weisenheimers, SkullProv, 88Improv and four talents selected by Carl Beck from the Playhouse. The $10 admission goes to the Playhouse. Meanwhile, you can stop any day at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and see “The Art of Theatrical Design,” displaying the creative process of Sharon Sobel, Steven L. Williams and Robbie Jones.

 

                                                            --Warren Francke

 

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

posted at 09:09 pm
on Sunday, August 21st, 2011

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