Dinner Still Served with Circle Theater

There’s so little left of our once-flourishing dinner theater scene that it’s tempting to mention the menu — meat loaf, garlic/parmesan chicken breast or ravioli in white sauce with broccoli florets — before reminding you that Doug Marr is still directing delightful entertainment at his Circle Theatre.

            This time it’s An Inspector Calls, the dramatic thriller by J.B. Priestly, opening Friday, Oct. 14,...

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‘Belt Gets Creepy Again, Beasley Does Wilson

The Shelterbelt promises that Shelterskelter 16 opens Oct. 6 with “a great mix of creepy, spooky and darkly humorous” plays, including one by Omahan Jeremy Johnson, the other eight by playwrights from New York to California.

            They run right through Oct. 31 with the “definitely not for little kids” caveat. While tickets generally cost $15 and $12, opening weekend and some other occasions offer a $10...

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Bug’s Intensity Relieved by Levity

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent’ as Killer Joe, another drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another simply said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Radio Golf Completes 10-play Cycle

Lots of upcoming events squeezed comfortably into my fall preview of metro theater, but that’s no excuse for one enormous omission. While noting that new musicals heavily outweighed drama in September, I overlooked a landmark opening.

            When the John Beasley Theater presents Radio Golf Friday, Sept. 23-Oct. 16, it marks the completion of the magnificent 10-play cycle by August Wilson. In other words,...

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<p>  Children Of Eden</p> Will Eve Listen to Snake This Time?

I don’t want to spoil the suspense if you’re attending Children of Eden this weekend at the Bellevue Little Theatre, but I suspect you know how this one comes out.

            Maybe director Julian Adair has a few tricks up her sleeve, but I’m afraid Eve’s apt to let the serpent talk her into eating the apple and Adam won’t have much luck when he tells God to blame “that woman you gave me.”

            There’s...

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Timely Arrival of End Days Play

So why am I touting a staged reading of End Days on a weekend when Jersey Boys just opened at the Orpheum and Babes in Toyland is underway at Chanticleer in Council Bluffs, not to mention that Chicago and Children of Eden add to the musical menagerie next weekend at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Bellevue Little Theatre?

            For starters, you can read more about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons...

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THE ART OF PUPPETRY

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<p>A stunning work of art and design by Cedric Hartman,Harvest of Plenty

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HEARTS OF DARKNESS

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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