Reno Stage Scene; Die Difficult at GLM

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company brings a true holiday treat to the stage with their original parody, Die Difficult. Are you ready to take a wild ride with John McClane as he pulls no punches to get his wife and family back on Christmas Eve?

~Review and Photos by Dana Nöllsch~

Die Difficult, The Story

Die Difficult is an original Parody by Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company told by a narrator to his grandson.

John McClane (Played by Cory Easley) is a hardened NY Cop on his way to be with his estranged wife Holly (Played by Sophie Moeller) in Los Angeles at her company Christmas Party. McClane arrives at the airport to find that his wife’s company sent a limo for him with a very hip driver named Houndstooth (Played by Colleen Keene).

When McClane arrives at the company office in a highrise still under construction, the party is in full swing. Everyone is having a great time and looks good for the evening with his wife. But there is trouble on the way from a group of criminals who have their sights on more than just dancing and participating in the charcuterie.

This is when the action starts with McClane facing off with the leader of the nefarious gang, Hans Gruber (Played by Jayton Newbury).

There are many 1980s references written into the story and elements of the original Die Hard that will have you laughing for the entire performance. I won’t tell you more about the story so that there are no spoilers if you have not seen the movie, but I can say that the story will keep you on the edge of your seat and on the floor laughing if it is possible to do both at the same time.

Here are some photos from the preview performance

The Performances

The actors are great, with performances that will transport you back to the simpler times of the 1980s. The ensemble cast plays off each other, enhancing the writing and dramatic storyline. Some of the cast play many characters with a bit of humor and fun as they do.

As with many of the productions at GLM, it is apparent that the actors are having fun with their characters, and this is true with Die Difficult.

Bottom Line

If you are a fan of the original Die Hard, you will love Die Difficult. If you are a fan of the 1980s, you will adore the references laced in the story. If you are like me and enjoy arguing with your friends about whether Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, bring your friends and argue away.

There are many reasons to see Die Difficult, but the main reason is that it is just a fun time that will have you laughing.

Cast and Crew


John McClane: Cory Easley
Hans Gruber: Jayton Newbury
Grandpa: Bob Ives
Boy: Alexis Pedote
Sgt. Al Powell: Eric Williams
Ellis/Ensemble: Robert Simpson
Ginny/Ensemble: Keana Hamilton
Holly Gennaro: Sophie Moeller
Houndstooth/Ensemble: Colleen Keene
Karl: Brandon Collins
Robinson/Ensemble: Leif Aucoin
Johnson/Ensemble: Wendy Claine
Dick/Ensemble: Michael Wilder Frazel


Ashley Atack

Amanda Alvey-Fannin

Ryan Kelly

Lily Perez

Rhiannon Box

Ryan Costello 

Mojo Montelongo 

Ian Sorensen


Director: Bill Ware

Assistant Director: DJ Hope

Assistant Director: Amy Ginder

Stage Manager: Benjamin Browder

Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Gorbet

Technical Director: Derek Nance

Costumer: Lyndsey Langsdale

Specialty Props: Brett Rood

Props and Set Dressing: Audra McCarroll

Set Design: Parker Gibbons

Performance Dates

December 1,2,7,8,9, 14,15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 PM

December 3, 10, 17, @ 2:00 PM

For Tickets and more information go to:

Good Luck Macbeth

124 Taylor St. Reno



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