Meet Beasley’s Boys Next Door

Add Amy Laaker to the long list of capable women directors who do so much to make theater here strong and diverse. She brought The Boys Next Door back to the John Beasley Theater and created a warmhearted evening with four men who completely disappear into their roles as mentally handicapped residents of a group home.

Aided by their supervisor so ably played by Brent Spencer, their lives unfold in brief...

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Playhouse ‘Desire’ Not Too Big for Drew

I have two problems with Bob Fischbach’s reviews in the World-Herald, and they both popped up again in his takes on the pair now running at the Omaha Community Playhouse. First, he lavished praise on the hilarity of Lend Me a Tenor.

My problem, given the daily’s advantage in reaching the print audience first, was that I completely agreed with him. Funniest ever. So I felt less enthusiasm for spreading the word...

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Thinking Provoked by Brigit, Shelterbelt

It’s intriguing to encounter plays by Samuel Beckett and Omahan Aaron Zavitz on consecutive days, something you can experience by visiting Brigit St. Brigit’s new space downtown at 10th & Dodge and the Shelterbelt Theatre at  3225 California.

Yes, Beckett’s more established than Zavitz, but the former’s Krapp’s Last Tape has strong appeal in common with the latter’s premiering Intelligentsia. They provoke...

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“Warren’s Herald” theme, tight writing excels

“We are the World, we are the Herald, we are the ones who put the paper in your driveway,” sang the ensemble at the Omaha Press Club show last Saturday. For the record, it was arguably the best of those shows which are much better live than on Cox cable.

If you read about it Sunday in the title paper, dubbed “Warren’s Herald” for the scholarship fund-raiser, you learned only that the Oracle of Omaha, Mr. Buffett...

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Try Conquer and Cows, Then April Blooms

Coming and going: If you want a taste of what 50-plus travelers saw on the Omaha Community Playhouse London theatre tour, catch the National Theatre’s production of She Stoops to Conquer, the Oliver Goldsmith comedy.

It runs 7 p.m. Thursday on several big screens from Oak View and Village Pointe to the Mary Riepma Ross Center in Lincoln. Or you could do a right-wing demonstration denouncing it all as another...

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Bring Back Laura Marr in “One for the Road”

Blame me and everyone else who writes about theater. We missed the boat on encouraging you  to see the funniest play of the season. It closed last weekend, and that means you also missed the best comedic performance in many a season.

The play was Willie Russell’s One for the Road at the Circle Theatre, and the performance was Laura Marr’s portrayal of a pretentious woman who turns into a side-splitting drunk....

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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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