Mormon Highlights a New Broadway Season

The announcement of the new Broadway season for Omaha Performing Arts has all the makings of another successful year with the only questions being a couple of unknown shows. While I’m a big fan of the Will Ferrell/Zooey Deschanel Christmas movie, I’m not familiar with Elf The Musical (they made it into a musical? Of course they did.) nor Million Dollar Quartet, a jukebox musical featuring the works of Elvis...

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OEAs, O’Neill, and One-Handed Psychos

After attending the festivities of the OEA Awards this past week, I’ve decided it’s time for the creation of an “OEA Awareness Committee”. Of all the winners of from Sunday’s ceremony, less than half were actually in attendance, leaving the Artistic Directors of the respective theatres on the hook to go up numerous times to graciously accept awards.  This is not to say that the evening was not well attended, it...

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A Theatre-packed Valentine’s Weekend Awaits

            Several shows abound for those looking to take in some theatre this Valentine’s weekend. If you prefer your love story with a side of zombies, blood, and ponchos, then I suggest you take up Evil Dead: The Musical. As someone who lived through “The Splatter Zone” I can offer a few pieces of advice: 1) Even with the ponchos and foot protection, you will get gloriously bloody. 2) You’ll hardly care after...

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Find Your Stage? New Solution, Old Problem

I’m not crazy about splitting theater into the safe, mainstream stuff on one side and plays for “adventuresome” audiences on the other as the Omaha Community Playhouse is doing with its new “Find Your Stage” theme for its 88th season.

But if that’s the latest and best way to bring the likes of August: Osage County to Omaha, more power to them. That triumph also requires applause for the wise earlier decision to...

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Big News: Osage County and Retiring Directors

August promised to be all about the most acclaimed drama of the decade, August: Osage County. I made plans months ago to return from the cool heights (8,400 feet) of our summer getaway to see the hottest season-opening play in memory.

The excitement was shared by actors. They swarmed auditions last year when the Tracy Letts play that won both Tony and Pulitzer prizes was presented as a staged reading for the...

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Get Acquainted with Annie Baker

Add this to your “timing is everything” list. FAUST (Fine Arts University Student Theatre) will better acquaint us with the work of Annie Baker, just a week before her play Aliens would have been overshadowed by a huge opening at the Playhouse.

Its second weekend will compete with August: Osage County, the award-winning dark comedy by Tracy Letts. So I’m declaring this Annie Baker Week in Omaha if only to...

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‘Secret Codes & Body Feelings’

Victoria Hoyt’s new exhibit of water-based paintings, Secret Codes and Body Feelings, is at RNG...

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‘Thinking About…Joy of Piper’

"I do not paint like Van Gogh, but I have a soul like his."

This quote is never really...

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Lives of Not Always Quiet Desperation

In the minds of many, Nebraska is part of the U.S. heartland, aka The Midwest.  And Kansas-born...

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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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Demo Graphics Re-‘Hatches’ on Emmett Street

The Metro is not new to advocacy art. From institutions such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko to...

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MONA’s Got ‘Spirit,’ How About You? Biennial Auction, April 5

“What? Drive some 180 miles just to see art? I can’t even get to Lincoln on a regular basis…unless I want to catch a game,...

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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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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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