Because Nice Matters

The Circle Theatre’s riveting production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf unfolds in the shadow of the most unlikely of set dressing pieces. George and Martha, the feuding protagonists in the Edward Albee classic that is celebrating its 50th year on stages everywhere, are anything but nice. But there it is nonetheless, the cloyingly cute plaque hanging in their living room, the one emblazoned with the inane motto...

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Comic Books Inspire Beck-Welsh Play

Crash! Boom! Pow! promises comic book action, but its earlier reading at a theater conference had the audience saying, “I don’t know how you’d do this onstage.”

That didn’t stop director Ben Beck, who co-wrote the play with Molly Welsh, from tackling a Shelterbelt Theatre production opening Thursday, July 12. He’ll present Red Dove, a super-heroine who flies, an ordinary guy named Benny thrown into a comic book...

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No Fear of Errors for Comedy Director

So what if it’s the first time for Vincent Carlson-Brown taking charge of a full-scale production of a Shakespearean classic. He not only brings plenty of directing experience, but the confidence that comes with careful preparation.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha grad is “very thankful for the opportunity” to guide his “biggest project to date,” but anyone with doubts about his ability need only talk to one...

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GPTC Brings Life to Burlington Depot

They’ll soon be doing Dostoyevsky in the cavernous hulk that once housed the Burlington Depot, but now two actors fling a Frisbee across the vast mosaic floor as light streams in the four-story atrium. They’re passing time before rehearsing the play Raskol, based on the novel Crime and Punishment.

If you’d said nostalgic goodbyes to the Burlington, thank Kevin Lawler and the Great Plains Theater Conference for...

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First Omaha Run for Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening won eight Tony awards and four Olivier honors, so it’s surprising that we haven’t had a chance to see it in Omaha. The Blue Barn remedies that glaring absence with its production of the musical opening this weekend.

A few of you, including the Barn’s music director and accompanist, Mitch Fuller, drove down to Lincoln for its brief stop there which sold out quickly. Producing and artistic...

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Bringing back the Benson Theatre

The roaring 1920’s meant a lot of new things in America. It was a coming-of-age era which saw flappers redefining modern womanhood, jazz music flourishing, and the rise of community theatres. That nationwide liberation appeared locally as well, with the foundation of what was then known as the Benalto Theatre in Benson in 1923. In 1927 it was called the Benson Theatre, and belonged to a chain of neighborhood...

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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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