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Crowd Sourced

Lincoln artists Byron Anway and Jordan Buschur must love a good crowd. Each focuses on the psychological and compositional possibilities of volumetric quantities, whether of people or things. Mass In, an exhibition of their recent paintings, is now on view at the Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery through March 4.

Anway’s subject matter draws on crowd dynamics, with paintings and watercolors inspired by the...

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Tricky Dick at Barn

Frost/Nixon made my first visit to the new Blue Barn Theatre memorable for many reasons worth ranking roughly in order of their impact.

First, not Frost despite an appealing performance by Aaron Zavitz as the Brit talk show host, but Nixon as captured so perfectly by one of the top two or three male actors in Omaha, Paul Boesing. If you saw him in the Irish play Da for Brigit St. Brigit, you came to expect nothing...

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Rowdy boys dance and sing their way into glory

Disney’s Newsies stomps into town landing on its feet on the Orpheum stage for a vigorous albeit brief stay. It’s off and running after a breakneck break-through on Broadway for 29 months, collecting a pair of Tonys and six also-rans.

Despite the youth of many kids in the story, the history-based musical actually isn’t all that young, having been born 24 years ago as a Disney movie. This version spins off from it...


A black servant in a 1960s whites’ basement sings of rising hope

Multi-award winners playwright Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori merged their talents to create an exceptionally original musical off-Broadway in 2002 Caroline or Change. It went on to major acclaim on Broadway, accruing four Tony nominations, winning one. It “tops any new musical this fall” said the New York Times in December 2003.

At Omaha Community Playhouse, this sung-through experience meaningfully...

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