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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yet More of the Best of 2011!

From Ladd Wendelin's look back at 2011 for Star City Blog

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches was a match made in theater heaven: Director Bob Hall, Flatwater Shakespeare, and the Haymarket Theatre brought Tony Kushner's epic drama to life this past April. A powerhouse cast of Flatwater regulars helped the show to earn its wings, including standout performances by Summer Widhalm (Harper), Richard Nielsen (Roy Cohn), and Daniel Kubert (Belize). With great performances and Hall’s strong directorial vision, Angels was simply divine, played with conviction, heart, and humor, all necessary components for a tale of love and death in the midst of the mid-80s AIDS epidemic.

The second coming of Angels in America, subtitled Part II: Perestroika, will run March 29 – April 14, 2012 at the Haymarket Theater.

Mike Lee, who assumed the role of a banjo-picking troubadour [as Feste in Ian Borden's UNL production of Twelfth Night], also found success as the mischievous sprite Puck in Flatwater Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Leave it to Bob Hall and Flatwater Shakespeare, who brought Puck, a half-man/half-jackass, and the whole magical gang of fairy-folk to the Lincoln Foundation Community Gardens in June while the Swan at Wyuka Cemetery is under renovation. In addition to their run at the Gardens, Midsummer also played free shows at local parks, amounting to a magical evening of theater. That Shakespeare fellow. He's gonna go far...

Photo: Mike Lee as Puck in the 2011 Flatwater Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo Credit: John Nollendorfs.


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