Comic Books Inspire Beck-Welsh Play

Crash! Boom! Pow! promises comic book action, but its earlier reading at a theater conference had the audience saying, “I don’t know how you’d do this onstage.”

That didn’t stop director Ben Beck, who co-wrote the play with Molly Welsh, from tackling a Shelterbelt Theatre production opening Thursday, July 12. He’ll present Red Dove, a super-heroine who flies, an ordinary guy named Benny thrown into a comic book...

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No Fear of Errors for Comedy Director

So what if it’s the first time for Vincent Carlson-Brown taking charge of a full-scale production of a Shakespearean classic. He not only brings plenty of directing experience, but the confidence that comes with careful preparation.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha grad is “very thankful for the opportunity” to guide his “biggest project to date,” but anyone with doubts about his ability need only talk to one...

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GPTC Brings Life to Burlington Depot

They’ll soon be doing Dostoyevsky in the cavernous hulk that once housed the Burlington Depot, but now two actors fling a Frisbee across the vast mosaic floor as light streams in the four-story atrium. They’re passing time before rehearsing the play Raskol, based on the novel Crime and Punishment.

If you’d said nostalgic goodbyes to the Burlington, thank Kevin Lawler and the Great Plains Theater Conference for...

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First Omaha Run for Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening won eight Tony awards and four Olivier honors, so it’s surprising that we haven’t had a chance to see it in Omaha. The Blue Barn remedies that glaring absence with its production of the musical opening this weekend.

A few of you, including the Barn’s music director and accompanist, Mitch Fuller, drove down to Lincoln for its brief stop there which sold out quickly. Producing and artistic...

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Bringing back the Benson Theatre

The roaring 1920’s meant a lot of new things in America. It was a coming-of-age era which saw flappers redefining modern womanhood, jazz music flourishing, and the rise of community theatres. That nationwide liberation appeared locally as well, with the foundation of what was then known as the Benalto Theatre in Benson in 1923. In 1927 it was called the Benson Theatre, and belonged to a chain of neighborhood...

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Stanley Yells “STELLA,” Tevye Returns

Two contrasting classics, the musical Fiddler on the Roof at the Orpheum, and the Tennessee Williams’ tragedy, Streetcar Named Desire at the Omaha Community Playhouse, share appeals that never grow old.

High on my list of favorite moments in Playhouse history took place far from Omaha when the father and mother of native son Marlon Brando saw him win the longest standing ovation in Broadway history when their...

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<p>Hard edge geometric abstraction from artist Peter Hill, currently on view with sculpture by Les Bruning at Modern Arts Midtown</p>Geometric Progression

As social activism, and social practice take hold in pushing the definition of "what is art?”, it...

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CIRCLE THEATER’S GOT IT ALTOGETHER

Circle Theater stays alive and well, heating up an evening by digging into David Mamet’s 1988...

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<p>Self Portrait II by Angela Drakeford in State of the Art Exhibit in Crystal Bridges Museum</p>Two for the Show

There are so many ways to approach, let alone grasp, large significant group art shows, that...

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Schweiger Talks About Durang’s New Comedy

SNAP Productions latest offering is the new Christopher Durang comedy Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. The show’s director,...

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‘The Whipping Man’ a Unique Challenge for Prescott

            Now running through November 16th, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew...

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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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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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