It’s a Wonderful Strife for Ben’s Scrooge

It’s the title’s parenthetical “and then some” added to Every Christmas Story Ever Told that makes the Blue Barn’s holiday play such a delight. Like sending Clarence the angel from It’s a Wonderful Life to redeem Scrooge.

But mostly it’s the performances by Ben Beck, Bill Grennan and Theresa Sindelar with Ben often the much-put-upon straight man to slapstick antics by Bill and Theresa. Like Bill appearing as a...

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A Christmas Carol Reviewed

Snow? Check. Ghosts? Check. Carols? Check. Decorations? Check. Miserly old curmudgeon who hates Christmas? Check, er bah humbug.

The Omaha Community Playhouse is running its 36th annual production of A Christmas Carol on its main stage through December 23rd. There is plenty of time to take in this holiday tradition.

The first Saturday of the production boasted a nearly full crowd who were all eagerly...

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Girl’s Room Houses Secrets at BLT

You don’t have to be a mother or a daughter to fully enjoy a terrific little play called Girl’s Room. Whatever your age or gender, you can identify with the impact of each new revelation as three generations of women share secrets at the Bellevue Little Theatre.

In a bedroom pink with ballet memories and shining with dance trophies, “Girl”—that’s the name on Kate Silver’s birth certificate due to her indecisive...

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Moonage Daydream

At the intersection of performance, art and performance art dwells ætherplough, the multidisciplinary company whose edgy works push the boundaries of devised theater. For this band of artists, those frontiers are most often situated light years beyond the realm of traditional theater offerings. Their latest creation, [SPACE]; or, the gods are dangerous, is no exception as it takes us on an interstellar journey in...

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Barn’s Bugs Not Pleasant But Powerful

Seeing four plays in less than a week was my autumnal pleasure, but it turns out I’m reviewing the least pleasant of the bunch, Bug at the Blue Barn. Not that there’s anything wrong with being unpleasantly provocative.

            If I want pleasant, I can walk my dog and savor the fall colors. If I want to think about the redeeming value of a provocative drama by Tracy Letts, I can watch director Susan...

entered on 10/01/11 at 10:03 AM | read more »


Hystery Mystery

A couple in the front row dropped out of Theatre Hystery 101 after Act One. I didn't blame them at the time. I was tempted to join them. Words like "crime against humanity" and "criminal mischief" came to mind, not to mention the thought that one of my favorite companies, Brigit Saint Brigit, had reached an all-time low. Then I noticed that the intermission featured the three actors who committed the playwriting...

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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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Governor’s Arts Award Honor Theatre Excellence

- This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Arts Council gave out its biannual honors, The Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing...

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A Different Kind of Phantom

Creighton University department of Theatre professor Alam Klem considers himself to be a big fan playwright Arthur Kopit’s...

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The Rose’s “Broken Mirror” Reflects the Issues of Young Teen Women.

- While finishing up the run of Jackie and Me this week, The Rose Theater will present the latest offering from its Teens...

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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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