Playhouse Tradition

New director Hilary Adams promised to honor the traditional treatment that Omaha Community Playhouse audiences expect when they see the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol.

Put it another way: What would Charles Jones think of the latest version of his adaption of the Charles Dickens classic? Or, since the grand gentleman from Georgia is no longer with us, would the purists who prattle over even the...

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Put this Baby in the Corner

The promise “You’ll have the time of your life” headlines a piece of Dirty Dancing publicity, and the daily’s GO section hyped expectations before the musical’s Orpheum opening by insisting, “It’ll be the ‘Time of Your Life’ and then some.”

I’d have settled for the time of my life, happily borrowing again from its best-known song, with no complaint if deprived of “then some.”

Alas, I find myself struggling instead...

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Hardy’s one-man “A Christmas Carol” highlights Dickens-themed literary festival

The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has long haunted actor-writer-director John Hardy. Though ghosts have yet to visit him ala Scrooge, the story's held an enchanted place in Hardy's heart ever since he got his Equity card acting in a professional stage version. 

Much theater work followed but he soon tired of others dictating his artistic life and took creative matters into his own hands. He's since...

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Tombstone Tour

Have you ever heard of the superstition where you have to hold your breath when you pass a cemetery? Some say it is out of respect for the dead. Others believe it is so as to not let any spirits into your soul or awaken them from their graves. Whether you believe in this urban legend, or not, you will not want to hold your breath if you join the Douglas County Historical Society during this event. The annual...

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Coots in Boots

Joe Coots was in Baltimore when we talked, but Kinky Boots was headed here so he was busy lining up Orpheum tickets for his Omaha cousins.

The musical that swept six Tony awards two years ago and arrives in Nebraska Oct. 20 isn’t the first job to bring the former football player to the Orpheum Theater. He played another big guy in The Full Monty, giving the ex-offensive lineman a chance to play Good Samaritan by...

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The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine)

Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29
One-woman, one-act opera The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine)
Mary Carrick singing the role of Elle
House of Loom (Oct. 28); Fontenelle Forest - Camp Brewster (Oct. 29)
Both days: 6 p.m. cocktails. 6:30 p.m. performance, Free

Mary Carrick is that rare vocal artist who swings from cabaret to opera and back again. In this spirit of exploration,...

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We’ll Miss Trump When He’s Gone

I tried to a avoid writing about Trump and adding to the cacophony surrounding his presidential campaign, but I couldn't help myself.

There is no topic more alluring or gruesome than Trump, at least to a political junkie who approaches campaigns like sporting events. In that respect, Trump is that pro football team you always hated growing up. For me, it was the Dallas Cowboys, America's Team, which got all the...

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