Review

Reactions/Responses/Reviews of productions at LTA Member Theaters.

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Lofty Production of W;t Provides Scholarly Insight into Cancer Journey

By Deanna Walz W;t, Lofte Community Theatre, Friday, May 5, 2023 The Lofte Theatre in Manley is well known for its fun, frothy comedies like Doublewide, Texas and Noises Off (which I had the pleasure of acting in this past fall.) Pulitzer Prize winning, W;t, written by Margaret Edson is something completely different. Funny, dry,…

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Murders? Hot Dog!

By Rachele Stoops The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Friday, May 5, 2023 It was a lovely spring evening when my husband and I joined the audience for the opening night performance of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, but on stage, snow (and death) was piling…

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The Play That Goes Wrong Gets it Right

By Sam Pynes The Play That Goes Wrong, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Wednesday May 3, 2023 7:30PM Dear Mr. Editor, I am so sorry that this review is so late. I hope I catch you before you go to print. Please cut this part out. I tripped over a dog outside the theater last night which…

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Into the Woods, Worth the Journey

By Katie Pynes Anetsberger Into The Woods, The Nebraska Communities Playhouse, April 28, 2023 7:30PM I may be the last person in the theatre world to attend a performance of Into the Woods, but I’m grateful that this was my first experience. I think I’ve seen just about every cast member of this production in…

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Touring Production of “Jagged Little Pill” Shines on Lied Audience 

By Julia Doerr Jagged Little Pill, The Lied Center for Performing Arts, Tuesday April 25, 2023 Inspired by and incorporating the music and lyrics of Alanis Morissette, this play by Diablo Cody is a shiny thing, sometimes illuminating its array of modern problems and sometimes burning an image onto the audience’s collective retina. “Jagged Little…

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Extraordinary Performances in Ordinary Days

By Katie Pynes Anetsberger Ordinary Days, Theatrix, April 20, 2023 7:30PM At the end of my own ordinary day, I was honored to be a guest at the performance of Ordinary Days, put on by the entirely student-run organization Theatrix at UNL. As a former theatre student myself, I appreciated all of the hard work…

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Madagascar has the Audience on Their Feet, Singing and Dancing

By Katie Vyskocil Madagascar The Musical, The Lied Center for Performing Arts, Saturday April 15, 2023, 3PM I was instantly transported into the world of Madagascar as soon as this production began. Madagascar The Musical follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, & Melman the Giraffe who are all best friends and…

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Doublewide, Texas is a Dollop of Folksy Fun

By Andy Dillehay Doublewide, Texas, The Lofte Community Theatre, March 24, 2023 The Lofte Community Theatre kicked off its 2023 season with a heaping dose of down-home fun. Directed by The Lofte’s artistic director, Kevin Colbert, Doublewide, Texas is a fast-paced crowd pleaser. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, this production feels…

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“I Believe” This is a Must See Production

By Zac Franzen The Book of Mormon, The Lied Center for Performing Arts, March 24, 2023 No matter what you might have heard, what preview you’ve watched, or review you’ve read (or am about to read), nothing can quite prepare you for the phenomenal musical The Book of Mormon showing at the Lied Center for…

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Puffs, The Bad News Bears of the Wizarding World

By Jamie Bullins Puffs, Community Players, Friday, March 24, 2023, 7:30 pm.  I used to be on the faculty at The University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. It was quite some time ago, but I still have friends there. Puffs was on my radar of upcoming works from back in 2016 when it…

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