<p>The set of UNO’s Twelfth Night, which runs through April 23 at the Weber Fine Arts Building on campus at 60th and Dodge. </p> A Visual Treat For the Twelfth or Any Other Night

The liltingly lyrical tresses of the weeping willow feature prominently in at least a pair of Shakespearean tragedies. Hamlet has Ophelia going to her watery grave among the “coronet weeds” of a willow by a “weeping brook … her clothes spread wide and, mermaid-like, they bore her up.” Othello echoes the motif of the tree’s poetic tentacles, this time as the equally ill-fated Desdemona (jealous Moor,...

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<p>From left to right, the Three Tall Women: Sonia Keffer, Ruth Rath, Kirstin Kluver. </p> Superb Interpretation

Anyone who loves theater that doesn’t settle for warm and fuzzy must wrestle with Edward Albee’s reputation. Is he our greatest living playwright? The Blue Barn makes that case convincingly, and its Three Tall Women proves again that director Susan Clement-Toberer can cast and interpret Albee superbly. Ruth Rath should win acting honors as she portrays a 91-year-old, believed to represent Albee’s adoptive...

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Double Feature

August Wilson never ends with a whimper, but goes out with a bang. And, again in King Hedley II at the John Beasley Theater, he goes to God through a Bible-quoting character named Stool Pigeon who preaches of glory over another fallen black man. As always, the great playwright adds to our understanding, not just of an African-American ex-convict in 1980s Pittsburgh, but of the timeless human struggle to find honor...

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Buzz Worthy

“A resident of Mexico. Or an American slang term for anybody from Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, South America or Spain.” Subtly curious definitions like these are the foundation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s hilarity. Other words featured in The Omaha Community Playhouse’s latest production are ridiculously difficult. The spelling of “syzygy” by teacher and spelling bee...

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Magical Acting

Few will fail to find universal value in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. It’s about one of America’s great observers, a master of non-fiction writing, facing the void of catastrophic loss. Fortunately, the pair chosen by the Circle Theater to tell us her story, director Daena Schweiger and Barb Ross, the one-woman cast, have suffered nothing so traumatic as the sudden death of a husband while an...

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The Felix In Me

There are times when a story may tell you more about the reviewer than what happened on stage. The opening of The Odd Couple at the Omaha Community Playhouse offers such an occasion. One reason the Neil Simon classic is among my favorite comedies is that I get to celebrate my inner Felix Ungar. For one night, I am reminded there are others out there who are just like me: persnickety to a fault. Have you ever...

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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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