Can’t Take Eyes Off Jersey Boys Frankie

 

No one has been one of the Jersey Boys longer than Joseph Leo Bwarie, now into his fourth year as Frankie Valli. He’s appeared with at least five different actors as each of the other Four Seasons.

            He keeps it fresh, thanks to audiences that go wild when the boys from the wrong side of the tracks make it big on every one of the more than 1,000-plus nights he’s played the iconic rocker. And it...

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Drama-deprived? Coming after Musicals

If you belong to that peculiar tribe bugged by musical theater, you will be drama-deprived until the end of September when Bug opens at the Blue Barn and Gogol’s The Inspector General visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

            Those two join Next Fall, a play at SNAP! Productions featuring male lovers split by religious faith. Tracy Letts wrote Bug, which won off-Broadway honors for the story of a...

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Scots Rockers Ambition v. Romance

The title, Rooms: a Rock Romance, gives you a good idea of the genre, but what about the “Rooms”?  One hint comes from this comparison of the couple, a romancing pair of musicians:

“She longs to see every room in the world — he longs to stay in his.

She’s bubbly ambitious Monica and he’s rumpled laidback Ian, two Scottish rockers starting in Glasgow in the 1970s. They’re played by two UNL students, Jaime...

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Time to Weigh TAG Nominees

If you've seen most of the performances, it's more fun finding who got nominated for the Theatre Arts Guild awards than learning later about the winners. Not that any playgoer wouldn't want to attend the 43rd annual TAG Awards Gala in August.

      But then you face the disappointment of finding some of your favorites cast aside by the voters. Now you've still got 170 or so in the running for 30 honors. And you...

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Bronte Sisters Fill July at Joslyn

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  Charlotte and Emily grew up on a windswept heath in Northern England, never knowing they'd inspire a Bronte-saurus of a monthlong celebration in Omaha centuries later.

  Jill Anderson wanted to bring Charlotte to Joslyn Castle via Bronte, the play William Luce wrote for Julie Harris. The night before she was to...

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Osage “reading” may Top Season

It's quite likely that the most memorable event of the theater season will occur Monday, June 20, at the Omaha Community Playhouse when August: Osage County makes its Omaha premiere. And that's an amazing prospect when you consider that it's a single performance of a staged reading. But the script by Tracy Letts won both a Pulitzer and Tony award after reviews raved in extravagant terms. The New York Times...

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<p>Laura Carlson exhibits new work for viewer intervention in her show, <em>Social Studies,</em> at Dale Clark branch of Omaha Public Library.</p>‘Social Studies’

The series of paintings and assorted documents by Omaha-based artist Laura Carlson, currently on...

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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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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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