Stanley Yells “STELLA,” Tevye Returns

Two contrasting classics, the musical Fiddler on the Roof at the Orpheum, and the Tennessee Williams’ tragedy, Streetcar Named Desire at the Omaha Community Playhouse, share appeals that never grow old.

High on my list of favorite moments in Playhouse history took place far from Omaha when the father and mother of native son Marlon Brando saw him win the longest standing ovation in Broadway history when their...

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From Booth to Oswald, Assassins Turn Dream to Nightmare

If you haven’t seen the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, you’re not alone. Neither has D. Scott Glasser who directs the story of John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and other killers of presidents opening April 11 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

I somehow skipped it when Chanticleer did the only metro area production back in 1994. And fewer saw it when Bellevue East High School presented a one-act...

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Playhouse Tourists Singin’ in London Rain

With a light rain falling and the Thames flowing below, it’s dramatic enough just walking across the Waterloo Bridge on the way to the National Theatre. To the right of travelers on the Omaha Community Playhouse tour looms a huge wheel, the London Eye that takes 35 minutes for one revolution.

The great dome of St. Paul’s appears and Westminster Bridge marks the spot where Big Ben tolls the time beside the Houses...

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Barn’s Improbable Rise to 23-Year Triumph

As a founder, he once called the mere fact of its existence “a fluke.” Now Kevin Lawler calls the Blue Barn Theatre “an incredible source of joy.”

And he’s “blown away” by the high-quality work of his successor, Susan Clement-Toberer, as producing artistic director. His only problem? “It just kills me” that his work scheduleA deprives him of time to play the doctor In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) on the...

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Pterodactyl Cry Enlivens OEAA Awards

The raucous scream of the Wenatchee Pterodactyl welcomed a Hilton hotel crowd to the 6th annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, but that’s not unusual when your hosts are slam poets Andrew Ek and Katie F-S.

Actually, Ek was a relatively sedate emcee, while Katie was understandably obsessed with the cry of the pterodactyl given that she’d worked it up for the dinosaur theme of  the upcoming Encyclopedia Show...

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Moms Club Gives Belt New Image

Ellen Struve writes plays and she’s artistic director for the Shelterbelt Theatre. That’s why she served refreshments at a fund-raising performance that filled all 50-plus seats for 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.

“All board members take turns working nights. Everybody does everything,” she notes. Ellen  poured wine while executive director Craig Bond sold tickets.

Now the theater runs Shelterbelt with Love 11,...

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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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