THREE SIBLINGS YEARN FOR BETTER LIVES NEAR A BIRD-HAUNTED CHERRY ORCHARD

SNAP Productions presents Christopher Durang’s Anton Chekhov-spin-off Vanya and  Sonia and Masha and Spike. Given the play’s reputation, that makes a lot of sense. After a 2012 debut off-Broadway, it had major commercial success during its 2013 five-month run on Broadway and won a Tony for best play plus several other significant awards. Nonetheless, this production makes clear noticeable flaws. Perhaps the talents...

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<p>Hard edge geometric abstraction from artist Peter Hill, currently on view with sculpture by Les Bruning at Modern Arts Midtown</p> Geometric Progression

As social activism, and social practice take hold in pushing the definition of "what is art?”, it is good to know a purely visual aesthetic is still relevant. The evidence of such is on view in Modern Arts Midtown's current exhibition Abstract Works at MAM: A survey of Peter Hill's hard-edged geometric painting including new work from Sculptor Les Bruning, continuing through Nov. 29.

Abstraction is the prevailing...

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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, Daena Schweiger, took the time to talk with The Reader about the production.

Tell me about the unique challenges in directing this play. No doubt, Durang's writing calls for its own unique interpretation. 

Indeed it does...he really puts his own spin on family dynamics - so much of his writing...

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CIRCLE THEATER’S GOT IT ALTOGETHER

Circle Theater stays alive and well, heating up an evening by digging into David Mamet’s 1988 movie-biz zinger Speed the Plow. Dynamic acting talent permeates a tiny corner of a sometimes noisy pizza joint’s back room in Benson. But who gives a crap if there’s audible competition outside the door sealing off the audience from happy diners? The performances validate the visit. Here we have another example of how this...

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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 attempts to explain, justify and critique them can become cause celebres themselves. Which is a shame because it turns the attention away from the art itself. It’s not the conversation we could be having.

This has often been the case with such blockbuster American exhibits as the Carnegie International, the 2011...

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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 Lopez takes a unique look at faith, family, and race. Set at the end of the Civil War, a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier named Caleb finds his way to his parents’ ruined home. Upon his return, he discovers his family has fled their home leaving their former slaves, Simon and John, to care for...

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WHAT THE DICKENS?

Circle Theatre is on the move again. It’s alive once more after having exited its former venue at...

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<p>2014 Survey: Omaha Artists shows at the W. Dale Clark Pulblic Library gallery through Dec. 31, 2014.</p>Check Out the Art

Yo, Omaha artists! We really get along well, don't we? Sure, there's this and that but on the whole...

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<p>Jeff King'sMany Faces

Hydra, the current exhibit at RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs, is an all-portrait presentation of...

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You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Last week, The Rose Theater opened the new musical A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic film of the same name. The...

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BLUEBARN Supports Forgotten Elders with ‘The Giving Tree’

 - This year, BLUEBARN Theatre is continuing its annual holiday tradition, The Giving Tree, supporting Eastern Nebraska...

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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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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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