SOME PLACE LIKE HOME

In its eleventh year of surging vitality,a great-looking, superbly produced version of Wicked,  the musical, has arrived in this Great Plains state, neighbor to Dorothy Gale’s Kansas. Not that Dorothy is at the center of this visit to Oz. She’s a sound effect and a shadow. You probably know that. This adventure has become a legend of our time to which audiences cherish renewed visits, as if it were the second coming...

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Lives of Not Always Quiet Desperation

In the minds of many, Nebraska is part of the U.S. heartland, aka The Midwest.  And Kansas-born William Inge has become known as “The Playwright of the Midwest.” So it seems fitting and proper that his Come Back Little Sheba should appear in Omaha. SNAP Productions reveals it in its tight, little venue. An appropriate choice; the confined space enclosing the principal characters bears on how they exist.

This...

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Taking a Stab At Comedy

UNO grad Rob Urbinati has been spending time recently at his alma mater directing a new version of his comedy Death by Design, first staged in Houston in 2011. This production is described as a “world-premiere” given that, evidently, it’s a modification of the original. This might be due to the insertion of three charming songs by Peter Mills. Information about such background is not revealed in the tiny program...

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The Unsavvy Traveler

Blue Barn Theatre houses a fresh, often hilarious, contemporized, profanity-spiked take on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. This version, called Gnit, is written by a guy from Massachusetts, Will Eno. The skilled actors get a lot of good results out of what’s there. They especially make the best of a multitude of funny lines without ever going overboard, thanks, no doubt, to director Susan Clement-Toberer’s take on how...

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That’s All Right Baby

It’s a wonder they don’t bring the house down. It rocks. It rolls. But it remains intact while four actors/singers/instrumentalists personify Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley as if there were no tomorrow. There’s only now. They wail. They stomp. They leap. They swing. They soar. They sing. They play. They come together as the Million Dollar Quartet, in Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux’s...

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Spending Time with a Famous Couple

A comforting sense of intimacy fills the small room below Central Presbyterian Church. Upstairs, people will come to affirm what they believe.  Downstairs, Circle Theatre Artistic Director Doug Marr keeps believing that people will be interested in what he offers: good theatre performed with intelligence and polish. 

At 8-person dinner tables, you may commune with other people while you could partake of...

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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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<p>'Am i Alone' by Beej nierengarten-Smith on display at Gallery 72 </p>What Comes Natural

The current exhibit Human I Nature at Gallery 72, personal, exotic and complex, is a must-see for...

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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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