In Memoriam James Engdahl

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By Roxanne Wach and Randy Vest, Contributors James (Jim) Engdahl, was born on January 6, 1955, and died December 28, 2017. Jim began singing when he was six and acting when he was 17 – as Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof” at Chanticleer. He played the role for ten years, off and on, winning the MAG award for Best … Read More

Bellevue Little Theatre Presents “Blithe Spirit”

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Writer Charles Condomine and his wife Ruth have invited their friends to a séance with a local clairvoyant, Madame Arcati. Condomine hopes to gather material for a new novel. Instead, Arcati accidentally conjures his jealous late wife, who begins mercilessly haunting Charles. Her efforts to sabotage his second marriage backfire horribly, leading to even more hauntings by . . . … Read More

Creating an Accessible and Inclusive Theatre Community

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Theatre is an art form that asks and answers questions, and starts important dialogue between theatre artists, theatre companies, and their audiences. In these very divisive times, Theatre has the power to unite people. Our Theatre Community, along with arts organizations, both big and small, in the United States, and world-wide, are participating in this ever important dialogue to create … Read More

In Memoriam Bill Lacey

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I had the absolute pleasure of performing with Bill Lacey one last time this past summer when the Circle Theatre mounted a reunion production of the original Phil’s Diner script by Doug Marr. I had not seen Bill in years, but rehearsing our first scene together was like we had left off, just yesterday. It was joyful to work again … Read More

The Rose Theatre Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

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The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They show up to Sunday school when they hear they have free food, and then insist on auditioning for the annual Christmas pageant. Knowing nothing about the story of Christmas, they have a lot of questions for their beleaguered director Grace. This could very well turn into the … Read More

Christmas My Way PART Theatre

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PART Theatre is following up this summer’s hit, “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” with a new Christmas offering, “Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash!”. This show celebrates the music and life of Sinatra, and includes a mix of forty swinging holiday and Sinatra standards. The show even includes “Mistletoe and Holly,” the one Christmas song Frank … Read More

“Return to Niobrara” The Rose Theatre at the Kennedy Center

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An original play commissioned by The Rose Theater has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for inclusion in the biennial festival, New Visions/New Voices. The event will take place April 27-29, 2018, marking the 15th showcase of this renown industry workshop. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals for young people and … Read More

In Memoriam Eunice Denenberg

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It’s tricky for Eunie Denenberg to pinpoint exactly when her life in show-biz began, but she gave it her best shot. “Let’s say it started with my 5 year-old belting out of all 10 Hit Parade Hits at my folks’ Sunday afternoon poker games. Or maybe the neighborhood show I co-produced on my friend Marie Calandra’s driveway. My poignant rendition … Read More

In Memoriam Barb Ross

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Barb Ross was born for the Omaha stage. Her father, Lew Kucera was a terrific actor and a contemporary with some of the great performers of our time: Mary Peckham, Bill Bailey, Rudyard Norton, Norm and Louise Filbert, and Elaine Jabenis. Her mother, Ethel, taught theater at South High School. The South Omaha girl took to the stage early and … Read More

Mills Masquers’ “Proof”

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“Proof” is a bucket list show for director Deborah Brauch. This magnificent play, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actress for Mary-Louise Parker’s portrayal of Catherine Llewellyn, is a story of mental illness and mathematical genius. Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant but unstable math professor, allows a former graduate … Read More