Bug-chasing Nudity Not in-your-face

The Blue Barn calls the play Bug “a psycho thriller,” and others have called it “every bit as sleazy and violent" as Killer Joe, another intense drama by Tracy Letts.

            One source warned against “violence, nudity and cigarette smoke,” while another said, “Don’t bring anyone who likes clean escape entertainment” to this “blood-drenched thriller.” And 24 hours before it was to open off-Broadway, Amanda...

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Top Talents Return for Chicago’s Razzle-Dazzleing

A star was born when Kirstin Kluver played Adelaide last spring in the Omaha Community Playhouse musical Guys and Dolls. She's back as Roxie Hart in Chicago and sharing top billing with two long-proven performers, Melanie Walters and Seth Fox.

            When Melanie plays the other homicidal hoofer, Velma Kelly, it becomes “my first show back” after giving birth 11 months ago to baby Leo. Her infant son could...

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Can’t Take Eyes Off Jersey Boys Frankie

 

No one has been one of the Jersey Boys longer than Joseph Leo Bwarie, now into his fourth year as Frankie Valli. He’s appeared with at least five different actors as each of the other Four Seasons.

            He keeps it fresh, thanks to audiences that go wild when the boys from the wrong side of the tracks make it big on every one of the more than 1,000-plus nights he’s played the iconic rocker. And it...

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Drama-deprived? Coming after Musicals

If you belong to that peculiar tribe bugged by musical theater, you will be drama-deprived until the end of September when Bug opens at the Blue Barn and Gogol’s The Inspector General visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

            Those two join Next Fall, a play at SNAP! Productions featuring male lovers split by religious faith. Tracy Letts wrote Bug, which won off-Broadway honors for the story of a...

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Scots Rockers Ambition v. Romance

The title, Rooms: a Rock Romance, gives you a good idea of the genre, but what about the “Rooms”?  One hint comes from this comparison of the couple, a romancing pair of musicians:

“She longs to see every room in the world — he longs to stay in his.

She’s bubbly ambitious Monica and he’s rumpled laidback Ian, two Scottish rockers starting in Glasgow in the 1970s. They’re played by two UNL students, Jaime...

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Time to Weigh TAG Nominees

If you've seen most of the performances, it's more fun finding who got nominated for the Theatre Arts Guild awards than learning later about the winners. Not that any playgoer wouldn't want to attend the 43rd annual TAG Awards Gala in August.

      But then you face the disappointment of finding some of your favorites cast aside by the voters. Now you've still got 170 or so in the running for 30 honors. And you...

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A CHILD’S GARDEN OF INNOCENCE

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<p>The Fred Simon Gallery features the personal abstraction of Kim Reid Kuhn in her show,‘The Sacraments of Domesticity’

The thirteen works by Omaha-based artist Kim Reid Kuhn currently on display at the Fred Simon...

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<p>Loyal Opposition

There is something about a two-person art exhibit that raises certain expectations. That is, aside...

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Director Ben Beck Talks ‘Mickey & Sage’

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Cast Members Talk ‘Buffalo’, Rose Takes on Seuss

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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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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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