How a Broadway fight-scene director aided Playhouse's 'I Hate Hamlet' production

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

As a stage combat expert, Rick Sordelet has directed the sword fight in “I Hate Hamlet” many times.

But nobody has seen it quite the way it will be done at the Omaha Community Playhouse, which opens the popular Paul Rudnick comedy for a four-week run Friday.

That’s because Sordelet, a frequent Broadway fight-scene director based in New York City, has tailored his staging to Playhouse director Ablan Roblin’s vision, to this particular cast’s abilities and to the unique opportunities that Jim Othuse’s scenic design offers. continue reading

As the Omaha Community Playhouse turns 90, we look back at its rich history

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

It started in the Burgess-Nash Tea Room, at 16th and Harney Streets.

A small band of Omaha business leaders, academics and arts lovers gathered Sept. 24, 1924, to found a community theater. By March 4, 1925, they had their first opening night at nearly new Technical High School — a vaudeville-style variety show starring Dorothy “Dodie” Brando.

None of them could have foreseen that evening that, by the mid-1980s, the Omaha Community Playhouse would become the largest community theater in the nation,
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