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Weaving threads of damaged lives.

Omaha’s Marie Amthor has woven together a fine fabric of women coming together to give and get comfort, a sisterhood of sorrow and shame. They have AIDS. You don’t often hear about such women. But Amthor, director Elizabeth Thompson  and an excellent cast make them alive at Shelterbelt Theatre in The Other Sewing Circle.

The device seems simple enough. Five such woman create quilts outisde and inside their group,...


Buffalo Bill Strides Again

The Rose Theater has a brand-new work by Omaha’s Max Sparber calling forth images of this city and the nation’s past. It’s Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band, a primarily verbal, theatrical review of some of that icon’s adventures, Cody doing the telling. In this colorful, lively quasi-lecture, near-documentary, young audiences have a chance to learn about him. And adults may find fascinating the many on-screen projections...


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Little Women Stand Tall at Playhouse

The musical version of Little Women at the Omaha Community Playhouse got off to a shaky start before completely winning me over.

The first thing a male reviewer notices is that he is vastly out-numbered, gender-wise, by a female audience that’s probably far more familiar with the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

I hoped it would help that she entered my childhood early, joining Mark Twain and others in a deck...


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Faith, Hope and Love

They stand before you or stand side by side, parsing the idea of same-sex marriages in our time, a time in which such unions are still not taken for granted, questioning what is normal and confronting normal questions. Thus, in ninety or so minutes, nine theatre pieces by eight playwrights unfold in Brian Shnipper’s deliberate compendium Standing on Ceremony:The Gay Marriage Plays. Couples prepare their vows, look...


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