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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Theater Futures

* Two shows certain to have me dabbing at my eyes are Steel Magnolias at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Les Miserables, returning to the Orpheum in the Broadway Across America series. * I’ll hang around after Mary Poppins later this month to see if anyone suffers from the problem mentioned in its television commercials, namely feet that won’t stop tapping for an hour and a-half. I’d also cry for joy at its...

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2010 In Stages

If you look back at two types of triumphs in 2010, you could be arguing well into 2011 about the age-old theater question: can the most significant and challenging plays draw big crowds? In the earlier days of the 85-year history of the Omaha Community Playhouse, when they were doing O’Neill and Shaw with regularity, some would insist that the most intellectually demanding drama drew better than lighter fare....

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Skullduggery On the Move, YIR Leftovers

* When SkullDuggery lost its lease and dropped plays from its schedule, Lilyhorn/Martin Productions was born. So the play with the unprintable title will go next month at the Bancroft Street Market. That’s Shopping and F***ing (when feeling bolder, we include the k but never the horseshoe-shaped vowel). Randall T. Stevens agreed to direct when Andrew McGreevy was producing it for SkullDuggery, and didn’t want...

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Paint By Numbers

It’s said in any given year in any given metropolitan community that about 25 percent of its population attends a museum or gallery at least once and 15 percent watch or listen to programs about art, artists and museums as well. That’s according to a 2008 Survey of Public Participation sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Interestingly, visual arts participation is greater than for, say, plays...

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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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