We Got The Beat-les

It’s safe in mid-December to say the most fun we had at a theater in 2010 was again Billy McGuigan’s Beatles show, Yesterday and Today, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. “We” includes my wife who also sees an average of one or two theatrical offerings a week, some of which I enjoy more than she does. So that’s two votes for “most fun” for the third year in a row. Fears that the sponsoring Security...

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John Beasley, For Colored Girls at JBT

Add John Beasley to the list of For Colored Girls fans who didn’t find Tyler Perry’s film version as satisfying as the play his theater presents again this weekend. He reminisced recently about its debut here in 2003, with a cast that included Pasionetta Prince, later victim of a killer who was finally convicted and sentenced in November. The criticism of director-producer Perry began when it was first reported...

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Mind Over Matter

It was 17th century philosopher-mathematician René Descartes who first articulated a general theory of dualism stating that humans consist of a sort of mind-body dichotomy. Descartes attributed all animal or biological activity to the brain while crediting one’s thoughts and desires to the mind, a more elusive and spiritual faculty. Inextricably linked, this mind-body dualism has led to such speculation as...

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KANEKO Block Party, Building Bemis, Holidays Under Glass

* A block party is usually associated with a grill, some burgers and the hot summer sun, but downtown Omaha’s KANEKO reinvented the concept with the KANEKO Block Party — parts auction, concert and holiday celebration — slated for Friday, Dec. 10. More than 50 artists were asked to create work inspired by the alphabet, alphabet blocks or Fletcher Benton’s Alphabet Sculpture, currently on display at...

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Brightening the Blackness

“The play’s the thing,” Will Shakespeare wrote. And that’s true of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Blue Barn’s Downtown Space. But Nils Haaland’s portrayal of Marley makes the most of Tom Mula’s brilliant script, and there’s no drop-off in the performances by Alan Brincks as the Bogle, Doug Blackburn as Scrooge and Scott Working as everyone from the record keeper to Bob Cratchit and...

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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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<p>Self Portrait II by Angela Drakeford in State of the Art Exhibit in Crystal Bridges Museum</p>Two for the Show

There are so many ways to approach, let alone grasp, large significant group art shows, that...

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THE KILLING CONTINUES FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF TROY

You’d think that one person standing alone on a dark bare stage could not possibly bring alive the...

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VIVID IMAGES VISUALIZE A COMPLEX TALE

The Rose Theater has embarked on explorations of new dimensions, filling its stage and screens with...

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Schweiger Talks About Durang’s New Comedy

SNAP Productions latest offering is the new Christopher Durang comedy Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. The show’s director,...

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‘The Whipping Man’ a Unique Challenge for Prescott

            Now running through November 16th, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew...

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

            The latest rendition of the Joslyn Castle Literary Festival is called Shadows at the Castle and focuses on life,...

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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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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

Friday, August 8                                                                                                            ...

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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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