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Omaha Theatre: 2015 Year in Review

The year in Omaha theatre was marked by the upheaval of one theatre, the uprooting of another, and strong offerings from many other companies.

The Omaha Community Playhouse’s seemingly calm year was turned upside down with the surprise announcement of (now former) Artistic Director Hilary Adams’ dismissal on December 10th. The announcement came at a time when Adams looked to be finding her footing in the Omaha...

A theatre classic thrives at UNO

“What I most want to get across is for everybody to have a good time,” says UNO Professor of Theatre Doug Paterson about his production of The Threepenny Opera, that enduring ground-breaker by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.

Clearly, a good time can be had by all in this colorful version full of personality and polish, performed by UNO students. Expect some zingy, funny lines too. The cast conveys an unerring sense...

Ghosts walk the night.

“That way madness lies” says King Lear, reflecting on what has befallen and how hopes for the future of the family have been swamped by misery, even while trying to weather a fierce storm. Shakespeare plunging into the tragic dimensions of old age.

Beware, you may be immersed in that torrent of passions and words, up close and personal as Blue Barn Theatre’s Walk The Night goes through its paces in altered spaces....


The long road to creating edgy theater

Until now the Blue Barn Theatre has been like Omaha's many other small stage companies by operating on a shoestring in makeshift spaces. This grassroots passion project was born of a band of New York drama school transplants afire with the idea of starting their own troupe. Relying more on creativity, charity, thriftiness and ingenuity than real budgets, they mounted plays in rented and borrowed spaces. 


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