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Ablan Roblin

The man upstairs has some things to say in the Blue Barn’s new show.

“An Act of God” premieres Friday night and runs through mid-December. It features Ablan Roblin as the big guy, who offers some new commandments and answers some age-old questions.

David Javerbaum’s play grew out of a series of tweets, which became a book. It opened on Broadway in May 2015, with Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) playing God. Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) took over the role in a limited Broadway production in 2016.

In conjunction with the irreverent play, the Blue Barn has planned a couple of events to engage audiences and the community.

Following the Dec. 2 show, “God” will have a talk-back with Bill Newman, founder of the Omaha Metro Area Humanists Association, about ethics and community outside of religious faith.

And throughout the run of the show, the Blue Barn will sponsor its 11th annual Giving HeARTS Tree, selling ornaments to buy holiday gifts for elderly Omahans in need. The theater is partnering with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.

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Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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