A Christmas Carolin’ We Go

* Only one of the three local plays with “Christmas Carol” in the title can be described as dizzy and possibly hilarious. Not that the Blue Barn show featuring Jacob Marley (see review elsewhere on this page) isn’t full of droll humor and much more, and not that the famous Omaha Community Playhouse version isn’t a more heartwarming and uplifting display of stagecraft. But for sheer nuttiness it’s hard to...

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Act of Torture

Care for a syllogism? You know, that exercise in deductive reasoning that attempts to reach a valid conclusion based upon a given major and minor premise, such as: * All methods of torture are illegal. * Waterboarding is a method of torture. * Therefore waterboarding is illegal. If you doubt either premise, check the definition of torture according to the Geneva Convention as well as the UN Convention against...

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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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Noises Off, Vertical Hour and Looking Ahead to Jersey Boys

* You may have seen the cast of Noises Off perform the play Nothing On, but the University of Nebraska at Omaha version is the first time in my many viewings that it’s worth watching the action at intermission. That’s when the crew turns the two-story set by student Charles V. Fisher completely around. The bedroom farce features nine doors for nine actors. Prop master Darin Kuehler equips it with plates of...

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Timeline Marches On

Anne Meysenberg folds four sheets of paper at a time, and methodically stuffs them into envelopes. People at the midtown Omaha bar where she works periodically give her a curious look. One man asks her if she’s operating a satellite post office. But Meysenberg, director of the Kent Bellows Studio and Center for the Visual Arts, is, as she puts it, “multitasking.” She stuffs hundreds end-of-year donor appeal...

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Artsy Holidays

* Happy Thanksgiving! Because it’s officially the holiday season, this week’s column is devoted to all things holiday, beginning with the Durham Museum’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony runs 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Vocalist and local KIOS radio personality Michael Lyon will perform, and visitors can decorate cookies, create holiday gifts and share their list with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Durham’s...

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The current exhibit Human I Nature at Gallery 72, personal, exotic and complex, is a must-see for...

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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 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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