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>  On Golden Pond</p> Count The Love

Let me count the ways that love came my way last week in a dozen different performances. What stands out from On Golden Pond at the Omaha Community Playhouse, the nine playlets in From Shelterbelt with Love 11 and the Blue Man Group?

The latter first: The drum-banging blue aliens don’t speak, so they don’t say anything about love, but their twenty-something fans that helped sell out the Orpheum showed their...

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It’s a Wonderful Strife for Ben’s Scrooge

It’s the title’s parenthetical “and then some” added to Every Christmas Story Ever Told that makes the Blue Barn’s holiday play such a delight. Like sending Clarence the angel from It’s a Wonderful Life to redeem Scrooge.

But mostly it’s the performances by Ben Beck, Bill Grennan and Theresa Sindelar with Ben often the much-put-upon straight man to slapstick antics by Bill and Theresa. Like Bill appearing as a...

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A Christmas Carol Reviewed

Snow? Check. Ghosts? Check. Carols? Check. Decorations? Check. Miserly old curmudgeon who hates Christmas? Check, er bah humbug.

The Omaha Community Playhouse is running its 36th annual production of A Christmas Carol on its main stage through December 23rd. There is plenty of time to take in this holiday tradition.

The first Saturday of the production boasted a nearly full crowd who were all eagerly...

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Girl’s Room Houses Secrets at BLT

You don’t have to be a mother or a daughter to fully enjoy a terrific little play called Girl’s Room. Whatever your age or gender, you can identify with the impact of each new revelation as three generations of women share secrets at the Bellevue Little Theatre.

In a bedroom pink with ballet memories and shining with dance trophies, “Girl”—that’s the name on Kate Silver’s birth certificate due to her indecisive...

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EPITHETICALLY VOLATILE

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

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Director Ben Beck Talks ‘Mickey & Sage’

Currently running through November 2nd at the Shelterbelt Theatre, Mickey & Sage by Sara Farrington deals with the...

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Cast Members Talk ‘Buffalo’, Rose Takes on Seuss

- The BLUEBARN Theatre is currently tackling the David Mamet classic American Buffalo, running now through October 25th. The...

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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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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

Friday, August 8                                                                                                            ...

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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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