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Letting The Rose Bloom

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One Flapper’s Flamboyant Fest

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The Indie Band of Omaha Theatre

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Shakespeare in Seuss-Punk Style

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From Super Heros to Zombies

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Then now156 Billy and Company

When Billy McGuigan asked, “How many virgins here tonight?”, a few hands went up and nobody shouted, “None of your business.”

He wasn’t wondering about their sex life. Just checking the full house to see how many were attending his Yesterday and Today Beatles experience for the first time. Since Billy packed the Omaha Community Playhouse in 2001 with his title role in the musical Buddy, he’s been back every season,...

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Hardy Hardy’s one-man “A Christmas Carol” highlights Dickens-themed literary festival

The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol has long haunted actor-writer-director John Hardy. Though ghosts have yet to visit him ala Scrooge, the story's held an enchanted place in Hardy's heart ever since he got his Equity card acting in a professional stage version. 

Much theater work followed but he soon tired of others dictating his artistic life and took creative matters into his own hands. He's since...

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Brigit’s Heiress Brings Miloni Back

It’s easy to get fired up about seeing Joseph Miloni back on stage, especially when an interview ignites passion couched in his acerbic wit.  The occasion? A few days before the opening of The Heiress, a classic adapted from a Henry James novella, and presented by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre.

They’re doing it in a stately hall at First Congregational Church and that’s where this conversation pairs Joe (“You...

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Book of Mormon Profane, Endearing

Broadway show blurbs can be banal and predictable, but not when it comes to The Book of Mormon. Oh, native Omahan Kurt Andersen might dub it “The best new musical of the 21st century” on NPR, but others call it “phenomenally blasphemous” and ask, “Could it be the most offensive show to ever hit the Great White Way?”

Maybe the blurb that best reflects this mix came from the New York Times: “Outrageous, profane...

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Mythical Siren Meets Social Media

With the monster production of Les Miserables looming ahead at the Omaha Community Playhouse, the play selection committee looked for a contrast to open the season in the smaller Howard Drew setting.

They found Sirens, described by director Amy Lane as “a light-hearted comedy about love and marriage.”  It not only contrasts with “the heavier themes” of the momentous musical, with its challenging technical...

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