<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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Ask For a Line

Creighton University students in jeans and sweatshirts follow director Alan Klem, shaking limbs and flexing voices with, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? They’re not auditioning for a Geico insurance commercial, but rehearsing for Creighton’s first Irish play in Klem’s memory. Dancing at Lughnasa opened Wednesday and runs through Feb. 6 in their Studio Theatre. Why...

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Mind Your Q.

Mary Poppins is new to Omaha, but both the musical and the city are long familiar to one of its principal players, Q. Smith. Born here as Quiana and with the show for three years, she returns as the title character’s rival nanny. You might even say our hometown girl plays the villain. Mary sings, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” but Q.’s nanny, Miss Andrew, forces “Brimstone and...

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Grown Woman

When Ariel Ibsen was a very little woman, a newborn babe, some assumed she was named for Disney’s then popular “Little Mermaid.” Now she’s 19 and directing Little Women, the play based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, for Chanticleer Community Theater. Yes, she understands, “I’m young to do this.” But she brings more to the job than being named Ariel for that “airy spirit” in Shakespeare’s The...

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Countdown to Curtain

He’s the unseen master of the house, calling cues on his radio headset or flipping switches to turn on red, green and yellow cue lights. The script says, “slurp, slurp, slurp,” as Ebenezer Scrooge noisily spoons his soup, and the words tell Steve Priesman to signal the next change in lights, sound or set piece. He’s been doing it 24 years as stage manager for A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community...

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Marley Christmas

Three Scrooges and a couple of Jacob Marleys sat around the edge of the stage and the front row as the Blue Barn cast got ready to rehearse a fascinating play that could just as well be called Marley Meets the Bogle. But the title is Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, a darker and delightfully droll story that opens by reminding us, “Marley was dead, to begin with.” For emphasis, author Tom Mula borrows from Oz...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

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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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“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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