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Omaha Playhouse Announces 90th Season

The Omaha Community Playhouse announced with upcoming 90th season on Tuesday with a variety of shows old and new.

The Hawks Mainstage will feature five productions in total, starting in September with the Five-Time Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a musical taking the audience inside the narrator’s favorite shows of years past. Following that in January will be a musical...


After Ten Years, The Witching Hour Goes Independent

It was ten years ago when I walked through a garage door in downtown Omaha into a place I’d never been. I was a scrawny teenager that had just recently discovered this wonderful form of storytelling called theatre. A few friends invited to see a late-night show entitled WYZK: Radio Trauma, housed inside of The Bluebarn Theatre by a collective calling themselves The Witching Hour. With voices lined up behind the...


OEA Awards, Lash LaRue, and Death by Design.

- This past weekend the 8th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards honored the outstanding achievements for last years theatrical performances. The Omaha Community Playhouse led the way in overall awards with 6 as Ellen Struve’s Recommended Reading for Girls took home Best New Script and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Leininger), Evil Dead: The Musical took home Best Director (Carl Beck) and Best Actor (Brian...


Not a ‘Normal’ Design Challenge

Early on in the initial design meetings for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next To Normal (currently playing in the Omaha Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre), director Amy Lane and designer, UNO Professor Steven Williams, tossed around different ideas about the stage design of the dynamic and heavy-hearted musical about a suburban family’s struggle to deal with a mother’s mental disorder.

Lane’s first step with...


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