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‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ opening at OCP

* Hilarity (h-i-l-a-r-i-t-y, hilarity) awaits when we get to see some of our favorite local talents playing the comic characters in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Dan Chevalier brings his wide-eyed innocence to Leaf Coneybear, the child of hippies who makes his own clothes and sings, “I’m not that smart.” Tim Abou-Nasr plays Chip Tolentino, a Boy...


Rattlesnake and Bellydancing

* You might want to hang out at Metro this weekend, especially if you’d like to try Rattlesnake in its Culinary Arts Building. That’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus. It’s not culinary exotica but an original play-acted by its author John Hardy, playing 14 characters. He’s written many plays and recently toured as George in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. One...


More on Distant Music at BSB, Mary Poppins

* Distant Music packs so much wit, wisdom and sheer delight into two hours that I can only begin to tell you about it in this space. Until next week’s full review, suffice to say the Irish bartender Dev, played by Scott Kurz, will tempt you to spend every waking hour hanging out in his Boston pub at the Downtown Space in the Old Market. So much the better if you’re a nun facing a crisis with her vocation (Laura...


Brigit, Odd Couple, From Shelterbelt With Love

* What sounds good when it feels like you’ve been pushing snow around every few hours? Sitting snug in an Irish pub with a bartender named Dev (Scott Kurz), sipping some stout and eavesdropping on Connor (Kevin Barratt) and Maeve (Laura Leininger) as they sort out life-changing decisions. It may not be snowing when Distant Music by James McLindon opens Thursday in Brigit Saint Brigit Theater’s Downtown Space,...


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