THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG

David Mamet. Yes. He tackles questions of race head on. He knocks you out. No nonsense. He slugs with jabs of ironic wit. Roaring laughs. He gets inside your brain, making you ponder, wonder, question. Pay attention, damn it. You don’t want to miss anything. And you very well might get it all at Omaha Community Playhouse because director Amy Lane and her dynamic cast nail to the wall the entire essence of Race. 

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“Les Miz” and “Young Frankenstein”: a Tale of Two Shows

            One would think that after directing a show like Les Miserables to begin their final season at The Omaha Playhouse, Young Frankenstein would be comparatively easy. Not the case, according to directors Carl Beck and Susie Baer Collins.

            “When we picked the season we thought it was going to be incredibly ambitious,” Collins said. “Now that we’re in it, it was very true.”

            The...

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Leaving a Legacy

            Walking around the backstage shop of the Omaha Community Playhouse, set builders are hard at work creating the upcoming musical Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. They’re making gigantic cofins, painting large landscapes, sanding down staircases, and building a massive hayrack on bouncy springs for ‘ze roll in ze hay’. Checking in on the progress and showing me around the shop are the shows directors,...

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GENIUS AT WORK

In "33 Variations" Moisés Kaufman has created a deep, intelligent, fascinating, ultimately emotionally stirring play, one made vivid and appealing by director Susan Clement-Toberer and her cast at Blue Barn Theatre. The title comes from one of Beethoven’s last major works for piano, "33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli." Therein lies much of the heart of the story. A progression of terminal illness and...

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SOME PLACE LIKE HOME

In its eleventh year of surging vitality,a great-looking, superbly produced version of Wicked,  the musical, has arrived in this Great Plains state, neighbor to Dorothy Gale’s Kansas. Not that Dorothy is at the center of this visit to Oz. She’s a sound effect and a shadow. You probably know that. This adventure has become a legend of our time to which audiences cherish renewed visits, as if it were the second coming...

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The Challenges of ‘Race’

Race by David Mamet, the Omaha Playhouse’s latest production in the Howard Drew Theatre, presented plenty of challenges for director Amy Lane and cast.

Lane’s Husband, an attorney in Omaha, provided some interesting legal perspective for the actors going into rehearsals.

“There’s a lot of legal aspects of the play that he came in and was very helpful in discussing with the actors. But mostly, he talked about...

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ALERT AND CHORTLING

In the darkened theatre a disembodied voice starts talking to you. Then a man reveals himself, a ...

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<p>Atlas of Marks #3 by Roberto Kusterle</p>‘Rockin’ It’ at MAM

I think its fair to say that over the last couple of years, Modern Arts Midtown, north on Dodge...

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THE ART OF PUPPETRY

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has landed here, offering superb puppetry in a production presented...

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Ballet Nebraska Kicks Off Fifth Season with ‘Giselle’

            Ballet Nebraska will kick off its fifth season this Saturday, October 4th, with the performance of Giselle....

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Adams Officially Off and Running with “Drowsy”

            With The Drowsy Chaperone in full swing, Hilary Adams now has a full production under her belt as the new Omaha...

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The Rose Interns Take on ‘The Brave Little Tailor’

            As a part of a unique internship at The Rose Theater, local high school seniors will present The Brave Little...

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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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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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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

Friday, August 8                                                                                                            ...

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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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