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As David Letterman would ask his audience, “You like vibrators?” Nothing says “21 and Over,” the new Omaha Community Playhouse series of free performances, like Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Kevin Lawler plays Dr. Givings, the scientist who invents a vibrator for treating “hysteria” in woman, and even in a man now and then. That’s why his young wife (Ashley Spessard) wonders...


Goings on at the Playhouse, ‘Magical Thinking’ at the Circle

* From Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies to Care Bears, from the infamous Pedobear to Smokey the Bear, all will be bared at The Encyclopedia Show, 7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 28 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. It’s the latest innovative offering of the “21 and Over” series organized by resident director Amy Lane. Katie F-S and Andrew Ek co-host invited artists who’ll present verbal (and/or musical) encyclopedia...


‘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...


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