<p>The Hot Box girls of Guys and Dolls, led by Miss Adelaide played by Kirstin Kluver (center), performing “Bushel and a Peck.” </p> Thoyd Run

Pahdon my Runyonese, but what is a poysun ta do when woyds cannot adequately anticipate the prospect of the thoyd run of Guys and Dolls at the Omaha Community Playhouse? I posed my problem to Susie Baer Collins, who directs the musical comedy, confessing that I’ve longed for its return since seeing it first in the 1960s, then the 1980s. It dates back even further, to 1950, but when it was revived on Broadway in...

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Brave New Worlds

(Ed's Note: GPTC-goers, be sure to pick up a print copy of The Reader, which is complete with a special insert featuring a full GPTC schedule.) The playwrights assemble, not on your average prairie, but at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, which brings the creators of brave new worlds to the middle of the country. At Metropolitan Community College and the many stages of Omaha, a flood of drama surges for the...

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<p>Ron Sharpe as Jean Valjean in the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables.  </p> In Love with Les Miz

You think no one can love Les Miserables more than you and your friends who rate it the greatest artistic achievement of the entire 20th century. And then you talk to Ron Sharpe. He'll return to the Orpheum Theater next week as Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's 25th anniversary production of the most popular musical in the history of the world. Such claims seem outrageous, even for a show seen by about 60...

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Twelfth Night, Steel Magnolias

Twelfth Night and Steel Magnolias have histories of popular and critically successful productions here, but also promise new versions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha Community Playhouse. For UNO’s Cindy Melby Phaneuf, it’s a third time directing the Shakespearean comedy, but the first crack at doing it with 16 collegians, all but four virgins at performing the bard. For Amy Lane, the...

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Good Vibrations

A staged reading of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play reminded of a famous review of the film Citizen Kane. The critic apologized for telling readers how great it was because he feared they’d never get to see for themselves. They did, of course, when William Randolph Hearst failed to shut it down. The problem last Monday at the Omaha Community Playhouse was similar in some ways, different in others. Like the...

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<p>Young Frankenstein, the next in line in Omaha Performing Arts’ Broadway Across America series, kicks off next Tuesday and runs through Sunday, April 4. </p> Tall Tale

It gave new meaning to March Madness when the little guy and the big guy in the crowd at the Duke game turned out to be Igor and the Monster from the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein. Of course Igor (Cory English) wasn’t wearing his hunchback and the Monster wasn’t greenish with the zipper in his neck. For Preston Truman Boyd, a 6-foot-3 Minnesotan, it was an afternoon of basketball instead of his usual...

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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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<p><em>Something Old, Something New

Not many artists have approached the challenges and contradictions of making art quite as astutely...

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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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