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   from the issue of July 20, 2006

'Omnium Gatherum' continues Repertory season

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the professional wing of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, continues its 39th season with the satire "Omnium Gatherum."

By Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, "Omnium Gatherum" is a lavish gourmet dinner party engineered by a dithery hostess. "Omnium Gatherum" features eight people, all with very different opinions, from very different places in life. They have been brought together by Suzie (Judith K. Hart), who is determined to host the perfect dinner party with the perfect food, the perfect table, and the perfect topics of conversation.

There is Roger, the novelist, played by UNL graduate actor Jim Hopkins; Lydia, a staunch feminist and vegan, played by Lincoln's own Melissa Lewis; Julia, devoted to her vision, played by Katherine Nora LeRoy, an actress with a UNL MFA who now lives in New York City; Khalid, the party's Arab guest, played by professional actor Dale Westgaard; Terence, a proper English pundit, played by Omaha's Paul R. Coate; Jeff, a firefighter, played by UNL graduate actor Greg Parmeter, and a surprise guest, played by UNL senior theatre major William Heafer. This collection of people will have you debating with your friends for several days.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 20, 21, 28, 29, Aug. 1, 2, 3 and 2 p.m. July 30 in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Theater.

The Repertory Theatre is also presenting "Local Wonders," and "Leading Ladies."

"Local Wonders" is adapted by Virginia Smith and Paul Amandes with music by Amandes. This adaptation, featuring David and Melodee Landis, combines Ted Kooser's Pulitzer-Prize winning poetry with exquisite observations of "the good life" in Nebraska.

"Local Wonders" shows at 2 p.m. July 23 and 7:30 p.m. July 25 in the Temple Building's Studio Thetre. Kooser, cast and crew will be available for a reception following the July 23 performance.

"Leading Ladies," by the author of Lend Me a Tenor, is a cross-dressing farce where two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors, concoct a plot to inherit two million dollars.

"Leading Ladies" shows in the Lied Center for Performing Arts' Johnny Carson Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 22, 26, 27, Aug. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 6..

The Repertory Theatre will also continue the Destination Series 7:30 p.m. July 24 with "Frozen," directed by Bob Bonaventura, in the Studio Theatre.

"Frozen," by Byrony Lavery, is a play that entwines the lives of a murderer, a mother of one of his victims and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness and change.

Tickets and season passes to all shows may be purchased at the Lied Center box office or call 472-4747.



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Puelz show open through July 30
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