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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Cold Cream

* My first awareness that Andy Rannels was starring in the hit Broadway musical Book of Mormon, by the “South Park” creators, came when a unidentified photo looked familiar. You couldn’t miss that gleaming smile of the fuzzy-cheeked kid who always looked like he’d just been hatched. Now, of course, everybody knows it’s the young man we saw in such Omaha shows as On Golden Pond and 110 in the Shade. Raised...

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Wild at Art

The RNG Gallery and its partnership with Dixie Quicks Restaurant is leaving town sometime this summer to set up new residence across the river but not before making a strong statement about what Council Bluffs can expect via contemporary art. Last Friday, members of CB’s Chamber of Commerce lunched on Chef Rene Orduna’s Southern and Cajun fare while getting an earful from Orduna’s partner, gallery owner Rob...

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Local talent Bart Vargas raising funds for artist residency in China

* Lincoln artist and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Aaron Holz will give a talk this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Museum of Art. (Full disclosure: I work at Sheldon.) Holz has an intimate exhibition in Sheldon's Focus Gallery. Of Heads and Hands is inspired by the drawings of 16th century artists Agnolo Bronzino and Jan Gossaert. Holz's portraits of heads and hands question what it means to paint...

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The Witching Hour’s Bitch worth staying up for

When the French want to “shorten her,” we’re spared the head of Marie Antoinette rolling from the guillotine. But the Witching Hour’s original production, Bitch, doesn’t flinch when it comes to questioning four famous executions. Directed by Jennifer Pool, who co-wrote the one-hour play with Kirstin Kluver and Kathleen Lawler, Bitch boldly risks a fast-paced, highly-choreographed treatment of the French...

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Good Vibrations

A staged reading of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play reminded of a famous review of the film Citizen Kane. The critic apologized for telling readers how great it was because he feared they’d never get to see for themselves. They did, of course, when William Randolph Hearst failed to shut it down. The problem last Monday at the Omaha Community Playhouse was similar in some ways, different in others. Like the...

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THE KILLING CONTINUES FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF TROY

You’d think that one person standing alone on a dark bare stage could not possibly bring alive the...

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VIVID IMAGES VISUALIZE A COMPLEX TALE

The Rose Theater has embarked on explorations of new dimensions, filling its stage and screens with...

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<p>Glass art from Victor Chiarizia in the exhibit, The Greatness of Studio Art Glass, at Gallery 72 </p>Breaking the Mold

Viewing The Greatness of Studio Art Glass, the group show currently on view at Gallery 72, one has...

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Schweiger Talks About Durang’s New Comedy

SNAP Productions latest offering is the new Christopher Durang comedy Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. The show’s director,...

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‘The Whipping Man’ a Unique Challenge for Prescott

            Now running through November 16th, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew...

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

            The latest rendition of the Joslyn Castle Literary Festival is called Shadows at the Castle and focuses on life,...

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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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