Seeing is Believing

Deafness is the place explored in Nina Raine’s increasingly cogent play Tribes presented by SNAP Productions. And, as you listen and look, you’ll become impressed by her conception and how director Michael Simpson realizes it as personified by his capable cast. 

At first, sitting in semi-darkness before the stage lights and the performers illuminate where this will arrive, film clips flash at the back of the...

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Fresh Holiday Fare

Elf-The Broadway Musical (to use its full title) has merrily dropped off for a short stay in Omaha. This traveling company bag-full of goodies stays charming throughout. It has plenty of delightful songs, contemporary jokes to please adult folks, cute choreography and very inventive sets. The package should please everyone.

Moreover, the capable cast members, ably directed by Sam Scalamoni, interpret the cheery...

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A Play of Minds

In the congenial surroundings of Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre two capable local actors personify an encounter between Sigmund Freud and earnestly Christian, ex-atheist novelist C. S. Lewis (e.g. The Chronicles of Narnia). They materialize in Mark St. Germain’s  play Freud’s Last Session which narrows in on debates about God and connected issues such as the meaning of life, love, sex, war and...

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Those Loquacious Irish

Omaha’s enduring Circle Theatre offers a well-acted and capably directed, thoroughly polished production of The Weir, Conor McPherson’s widely praised and performed 1997 play.Make no mistake, this Irish stuff comes full of gab and not much else. It lacks important plot developments and earnest drama. Nonetheless, the cast carries it off with constant believability and skillful accents. True, what they say and how...

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Measure the Magnitude of Les Miserables

The arrival of Les Miserables at the Omaha Community Playhouse is surely the most anticipated production since the theater’s opening in 1959. If you wonder how eagerly it’s awaited, consider these facts:

• When Charles Jones incorrectly believed he’d won rights to the musical 20 years ago, rumors spread quickly and the Playhouse set a record for season ticket sales.

• Auditions this summer drew more than 350...

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Box Of Moonlight

“The Fantasticks” seems to be just the sort of musical that I’ve always intended to fall in love with … it’s just that no one has ever given me a reason to do so.

All that has changed with the Omaha Community Playhouse production of the poetic parable about young love confronted by the hard knocks of life. Here a top-notch cast and crew fuel a cleverly staged and costumed performance that offers a couple of big...

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<p>Laura Carlson exhibits new work for viewer intervention in her show, <em>Social Studies,</em> at Dale Clark branch of Omaha Public Library.</p>‘Social Studies’

The series of paintings and assorted documents by Omaha-based artist Laura Carlson, currently on...

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<p>‘One Little Indian’ at RNG Gallery‚Ķ

There are moments that have left imprints in the minds of many - the past that can be revisited...

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Such stuff as dreams are made on.

If you’ve never attended a Nebraska Shakespeare on The Green event, be prepared for a delightful...

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Director Thompson Talks About “Abby”

            The Shelterbelt Theatre’s latest production entitled Abby in the Summer by A.P. Andrews is going into its final...

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TAG Nominations Highlight This Year’s Best Efforts

            Last week, I had the pleasure of announcing the nominations for the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards...

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Playhouse Honors Volunteers and Red Theater is Under the Radar

            - Awards Season kicked off last week when the Omaha Community Playhouse held its annual volunteer awards night....

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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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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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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Three Times the Wonder

“Rather than having a single exhibition that fills all of our special exhibition spaces, we have this rather unique...

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