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Taking the Reigns

 

LIVES WORTH A PLUGGED NICKEL

 

Omaha Theatre Fall Preview

 

The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference Celebrates 20 years.

 

Leaving a Legacy

 

Shelterbelt Extends Its Horizons

 

Theatre Year in Review

 

Lara’s Long Road to New Lungs

 

OEA Awards Provide Expected Wins and Surprises

 

Theater Opens by Threes in September

 

Barn’s Improbable Rise to 23-Year Triumph

As a founder, he once called the mere fact of its existence “a fluke.” Now Kevin Lawler calls the Blue Barn Theatre “an incredible source of joy.”

And he’s “blown away” by the high-quality work of his successor, Susan Clement-Toberer, as producing artistic director. His only problem? “It just kills me” that his work scheduleA deprives him of time to play the doctor In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) on the...


Pterodactyl Cry Enlivens OEAA Awards

The raucous scream of the Wenatchee Pterodactyl welcomed a Hilton hotel crowd to the 6th annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, but that’s not unusual when your hosts are slam poets Andrew Ek and Katie F-S.

Actually, Ek was a relatively sedate emcee, while Katie was understandably obsessed with the cry of the pterodactyl given that she’d worked it up for the dinosaur theme of  the upcoming Encyclopedia Show...


Moms Club Gives Belt New Image

Ellen Struve writes plays and she’s artistic director for the Shelterbelt Theatre. That’s why she served refreshments at a fund-raising performance that filled all 50-plus seats for 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.

“All board members take turns working nights. Everybody does everything,” she notes. Ellen  poured wine while executive director Craig Bond sold tickets.

Now the theater runs Shelterbelt with Love 11,...


Durbin’s Back as Tartuffe for Brigit

John Durbin sat on stairs that descend into Joslyn Castle’s music room, as handsome a setting as you’ll find. He’s fresh from months in Hawaii with George Clooney and two dozen others he cast in Alexander Payne’s new movie, The Descendants.

Now he’s Tartuffe, the title rascal in Moliere’s classic comedy opening the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company’s 19th season. “I’m a big Moliere fan,” he says. “I’ve been...


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