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Have We Found the Real Waiting for Guffman?

If you've seen Christopher Guest's iconic comedy, Waiting for Guffman, you know that community* theater can be a very dark thing. Think about it: The dreams of the bright lights of Broadway and one's face beaming on the front of a playbill replaced by high school auditoriums and a misspelled mention in the local newspaper? That's a depressing prospect, which is why this painfully sincere video made by the players of the Omaha Community Playhouse only feels sadder as the smiles get wider. (Also, we saw Hope Springs and About Schmidt, both of which have made Nebraska seem like the Saddest Place on Earth.)

* This original post read regional theater instead of community theater. We regret the error and have been thoroughly chastised.

Photo: Glazer, Eliot