Red Hamlet’s Bouncing Venues

Follow the bouncing venue and you can catch up with Red Hamlet, Shakespeare with a “futurist aesthetic,” offered by the Red Theater Collective of Omaha and Lincoln.

      The O & L reach explains the bouncing venues: 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the P.S. Collective in Benson, then that Saturday at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. On July 21 and 22, try 9:30 p.m. performances at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

      As far as I know, only one of those locations offers beer and pizza with your futuristic melancholy Dane. But all of them ask only $10, $5 for student admissions.

      By contrast, all performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, will take place at the Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, often referred to as “a peaceful and quiet getaway” at 3330 N. 60th St.

      The man who does more than anyone to keep those time-honored musicals alive in Omaha, Gary Bosanek, not only directs the production but appears as Ko-Ko opposite another Gilbert and Sullivan veteran, Dianne L. Jones. Laura Randall Stannard plays Yum-Yum.

      The show runs July 16-17, 21-24.

      It better not be a dark and stormy weekend because The Music Man will strike up the band for only three more dates, July 14-16 at the Sumtur Amphitheater, 108th and Highway 370. That's the site where reserved seats cost $12; a spot on the grass, much less.

      Jeff Nienhueser directs a Papillion-LaVista Community Theater cast that includes such experienced vocalists as Becky Noble.

      It's no reflection on all the performers appearing in these three shows to speculate that you'll find as many outstanding talents on a single stage at South High School at 7:30 p.m. July 23. That's when Dave Wingert and Monty Eich, backed by music director Jim Boggess, co-host Drew's Bench: the Benefit.

      If you bring a cash-only donation of $20, you'll support a bench at the Omaha Community Playhouse to memorialize the late Drew Billings, a popular member of the theater community who worked in drama at South High. A star-studded list of performers ranges from The Weisenheimers and church choirs to the likes of Erika Hall, Teri Fender, Bailey Carlson, Ben Beck, Camille Metoyer Moten and choreographers Roxanne Nielsen and Patrick Roddy.l

                                    -Warren Francke

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on Thursday, July 14th, 2011


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