Moonage Daydream

At the intersection of performance, art and performance art dwells ætherplough, the multidisciplinary company whose edgy works push the boundaries of devised theater. For this band of artists, those frontiers are most often situated light years beyond the realm of traditional theater offerings. Their latest creation, [SPACE]; or, the gods are dangerous, is no exception as it takes us on an interstellar journey in...

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Barn’s Bugs Not Pleasant But Powerful

Seeing four plays in less than a week was my autumnal pleasure, but it turns out I’m reviewing the least pleasant of the bunch, Bug at the Blue Barn. Not that there’s anything wrong with being unpleasantly provocative.

            If I want pleasant, I can walk my dog and savor the fall colors. If I want to think about the redeeming value of a provocative drama by Tracy Letts, I can watch director Susan...

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Hystery Mystery

A couple in the front row dropped out of Theatre Hystery 101 after Act One. I didn't blame them at the time. I was tempted to join them. Words like "crime against humanity" and "criminal mischief" came to mind, not to mention the thought that one of my favorite companies, Brigit Saint Brigit, had reached an all-time low. Then I noticed that the intermission featured the three actors who committed the playwriting...

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<p>The set of UNO’s Twelfth Night, which runs through April 23 at the Weber Fine Arts Building on campus at 60th and Dodge. </p> A Visual Treat For the Twelfth or Any Other Night

The liltingly lyrical tresses of the weeping willow feature prominently in at least a pair of Shakespearean tragedies. Hamlet has Ophelia going to her watery grave among the “coronet weeds” of a willow by a “weeping brook … her clothes spread wide and, mermaid-like, they bore her up.” Othello echoes the motif of the tree’s poetic tentacles, this time as the equally ill-fated Desdemona (jealous Moor,...

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<p>From left to right, the Three Tall Women: Sonia Keffer, Ruth Rath, Kirstin Kluver. </p> Superb Interpretation

Anyone who loves theater that doesn’t settle for warm and fuzzy must wrestle with Edward Albee’s reputation. Is he our greatest living playwright? The Blue Barn makes that case convincingly, and its Three Tall Women proves again that director Susan Clement-Toberer can cast and interpret Albee superbly. Ruth Rath should win acting honors as she portrays a 91-year-old, believed to represent Albee’s adoptive...

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Double Feature

August Wilson never ends with a whimper, but goes out with a bang. And, again in King Hedley II at the John Beasley Theater, he goes to God through a Bible-quoting character named Stool Pigeon who preaches of glory over another fallen black man. As always, the great playwright adds to our understanding, not just of an African-American ex-convict in 1980s Pittsburgh, but of the timeless human struggle to find honor...

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LIGHT GLOWS AMID DARK DESPAIR

Most certainly Matthew Lopez has written a very imaginative and original play,The Whipping Man. And...

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<p>Roving photograher Rob Walters documents unkown Metro in Driving Omaha at Sweatshop Gallery</p>Drive by Shooting

I spent my first three years here waking to school and work and to parties. I made the decision to...

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EPITHETICALLY VOLATILE

It’s been nearly 40 years since David Mamet pounced onto the stage with his salty verbosity in...

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

            The latest rendition of the Joslyn Castle Literary Festival is called Shadows at the Castle and focuses on life,...

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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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