Cold Cream: 4 quick reviews

My Occasion of Sin is the answer to two questions: What's the title of the play that opened at the Shelterbelt Theater? And can comments on four performances squeeze into one column? Look for more below on the play of that name, but my occasion of sin begins here with quick peeks at theater-going that began last Wednesday with Twelfth Night at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Enough was written in advance about...

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<p>Ron Sharpe as Jean Valjean in the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables.  </p> In Love with Les Miz

You think no one can love Les Miserables more than you and your friends who rate it the greatest artistic achievement of the entire 20th century. And then you talk to Ron Sharpe. He'll return to the Orpheum Theater next week as Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's 25th anniversary production of the most popular musical in the history of the world. Such claims seem outrageous, even for a show seen by about 60...

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Cold Cream: Shelterbelt keeps it local, original

* The Shelterbelt Theatre is most fully on mission when it presents original plays by Omahans, and that what it's doing the next few weekends. Only one qualifier was required in the press release headline, calling them "native" Omaha playwrights. That's because Monica Bauer, who wrote My Occasion of Sin, which opens Friday near 32nd and California, works as a writing fellow at Quinnipiac University back east. But...

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Gardens of Delight

Thanks to artist Kristin Pluhacek, Lauritzen Gardens can currently boast more than its usual relief from winter doldrums and environs. Pluhacek’s current show, Weeds/Pods/Seeds and the Landscapes enjoys a suitable home at the garden’s 100 Bancroft St. location in South Omaha with its own seasonal palette, connection and inquiry for the viewer to embrace. There are 16 pieces in the show which continues through...

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Art of Fellowship

You’ve seen these artists before, but when was the last time you saw them exclusively at one time in one place? To encourage such, 26 members of the former 13th Street Gallery have invited you to attend their latest reunion exhibit, Old Friends—New Work at the Hot Shops Art Center, 13th and Nicholas. Last Saturday, several hundred patrons of this 30-year-old plus group flocked to their opening and found the...

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Twelfth Night, Steel Magnolias

Twelfth Night and Steel Magnolias have histories of popular and critically successful productions here, but also promise new versions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha Community Playhouse. For UNO’s Cindy Melby Phaneuf, it’s a third time directing the Shakespearean comedy, but the first crack at doing it with 16 collegians, all but four virgins at performing the bard. For Amy Lane, the...

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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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