True Colors

Seven African-American women portray the title’s “Colored Girls” in Ntozake Shange’s poetic play at the John Beasley Theater, but the diversity of their personas and performances doesn’t allow for easy summary. In the beginning, some voices were muffled by a sound track that added to the impact of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf when it didn’t cut into clarity....

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We Got The Beat-les

It’s safe in mid-December to say the most fun we had at a theater in 2010 was again Billy McGuigan’s Beatles show, Yesterday and Today, at the Omaha Community Playhouse. “We” includes my wife who also sees an average of one or two theatrical offerings a week, some of which I enjoy more than she does. So that’s two votes for “most fun” for the third year in a row. Fears that the sponsoring Security...

entered on 12/08/10 at 06:48 PM | read more »


Brightening the Blackness

“The play’s the thing,” Will Shakespeare wrote. And that’s true of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Blue Barn’s Downtown Space. But Nils Haaland’s portrayal of Marley makes the most of Tom Mula’s brilliant script, and there’s no drop-off in the performances by Alan Brincks as the Bogle, Doug Blackburn as Scrooge and Scott Working as everyone from the record keeper to Bob Cratchit and...

entered on 12/01/10 at 09:59 PM | read more »


Hello, Dollies

The SNAP! parody of Valley of the Dolls made me want to laugh all the way to a video store and rent the 1967 movie. Performances by Michal Simpson and Adam Nathan were so outrageously entertaining you knew the original must have set new lows for overwrought soapiness. Credit a crazy gender-switching cast and at least two off-stage geniuses, director M. Michele Phillips and video designer Mark Cramer, for a show...

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Laugh Out Love

Is it worth driving south from Omaha’s Midtown to Bellevue’s Olde Towne to see a 70-year-old romantic comedy? If it’s The Philadelphia Story with Audrey Fisher in the Kate Hepburn role, it’s worth driving all the way to Kansas City. Fisher shined recently in RENT, but I didn’t dream she could tackle the Hepburnesque banter of this comedy classic. And don’t tell me you saw Grace Kelly doing Tracy Lord in...

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Coming ‘Round Again

Every now and then, Gordon Cantiello flies in to Omaha from San Diego and creates some musical theater. This time, he’s hired a few of the metro’s favorite vocalists to present The World Goes Round, a Kander-Ebb revue opening this weekend. If composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb aren’t popping up on your screen, think such musicals as Cabaret, Chicago, New York New York and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Add...

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<p>Artist Jamie Burmeister brings his Vermin Me sculpture into 21st century with 3D modelling in current MAM show</p>Artists & Models

Larry Roots and his gallery, Modern Arts Midtown, seem to suffer from an embarrassment of riches. ...

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<p>Atropos, an edgy, surreal dreamscape painting by Nolan Tredway is featured in his show, Surface Tension in LIncoln's Fuse Coworking gallery.</p>‘Surface Tension’

Ahh, Nolan Tredway, Lincoln, Nebraska's “golden boy.” It can be said that Tredway is easily one of...

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<p>Ric Marchio features handmade musical instruments at Fred Simon Gallery</p>Different Drummers

Ric Marchio and Michael Giron’s new exhibit at the Nebraska Arts Council/ Fred Simon Gallery, which...

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Playhouse’s Alternative Programming Expanding

The Omaha Community Playhouse announced it’s latest offerings of alternative programming with some notable expansions....

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Business Suits and Raves

            The unique design of Enron by Lucy Prebble at the Omaha Community Playhouse blends the worlds of Realism and...

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‘Les Miz’ Dominates TAG Awards

The night belonged to Les Miserables at the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards, honoring the past season’s outstanding...

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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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