• Mad

    A Curious Fire

    In the underpaid (and often never paid) world of Omaha theater, an artist’s most valuable resource is their time. How we spend that time is often a struggle between the two things most precious to us: our art and our family. Madeline Radcli... more

    Aug 9, 2016

    10:53 AM

  • To Kill a Mockingbird Lives

    “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family ... more

    Jul 31, 2016

    3:59 PM

  • Shattering the glass

    Femininity In Many Forms

    Spotlights on women have recently shown on our theatre stages. The Playhouse offered Calendar Girls in April and Love, Loss and What I Wore in December. Plus there was SNAP Productions’ June offering of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New En... more

    Jul 17, 2016

    9:57 PM

  • Zinging, Leaping Shakespeare

    Wonderful performing cascades before your eyes and ears. It’s The Taming of the Shrew made endearing and vivacious, brimming with style and sparkling loquaciousness as guided by director Amy Lane and interpreted by a flawless 18-member ense... more

    Jun 25, 2016

    1:53 AM

  • Macbeth-800

    Murder Under The Stars

    Nebraska Shakespeare offers an earnest, intellectually provocative production of The Tragedy of Macbeth. It rushes to its foretold conclusion full of energy, at the same time often running roughshod over the eloquent and meaningful speeches... more

    Jun 23, 2016

    8:09 AM

  • Tuesdayswmorrie

    Multiple Layers of Truth

    You haven’t much time left to experience two impressively natural and believable performances by actors John Hatcher and Michael Lyon in a fine play about the limitations of time, the finite nature of life. They appear in Jeffrey Hatcher’s ... more

    Jun 20, 2016

    2:00 PM

  • Tuesdayswithmorrie-2

    Two Examined Lives Worth Living

    At this fractured and perilous time in our history, it may be significant to ponder messages Mitch Albom inserted into his autobiographical book Tuesdays with Morrie. Albom wanted to convey that media are preoccupied with death, hatred and ... more

    Jun 15, 2016

    12:28 PM

  • 2016shrew

    Power and Play in the Park

    Two women who know their own minds and want their own ways are at the centers of back-to-back alignments of the plays presented this summer by Nebraska Shakespeare in Elmwood Park.  Each woman confronts an ambitious man who yearns to prospe... more

    Jun 15, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • Lmphoto1

    Love Above and Below the Surface.

    A stage version of the 1989 Disney movie musical The Little Mermaid swims into view at The Rose Theater. With a 23-member cast and a promise of many production numbers, this could display how and why the show flourished on Broadway for 19 m... more

    Jun 10, 2016

    8:34 PM

  • Rockin’ Omahans Take the Stage

    Rocking Billy McGuigan is back in town. The guy, sometimes called America’s premier Buddy Holly interpreter, is here to strut such stuff.  His love for rock goes way back, to a time when his Air Force dad got Billy and brothers Matthew and ... more

    Jun 10, 2016

    3:33 AM

  • Accentuating the positive.

    Wednesday evening arrivals at the Orpheum were greeted near the front doors by friendly young men in white shirts, carrying religious literature. Mormons. Sure. Why not? The musical The Book of Mormon was on display inside. And further insi... more

    Jun 3, 2016

    10:58 AM

  • Play

    Playhouse Does Producers Right

    If you liked past stage or film versions of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, you’re likely to love the Omaha Community Playhouse treatment. If you weren’t that crazy about it before, you’re still likely to love the Playhouse treatment. There’s s... more

    Jun 1, 2016

    3:50 PM

  • Book of mormon

    You done gone to Uganda

    All right, everyone, turn to Chapter 11 in The Book of Mormon wherein it is written "Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present.”  Oh, wait. Hasn’t Chapter 11 something to do with bankruptcy? That can’t be right. The Book of Mormon is ... more

    May 25, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • Homeless mammoths

    Tremors in a college town

    With a play title of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England you might expect a trek into science fiction or echoes of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth.   But rather, as you’ll learn in SNAP Productions’ staging of Madeleine Geor... more

    May 20, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • The producers

    Look out, here comes the master race.

    You might ask yourself “Self? Who came up with the musical version of Hamlet called Funny Boy? Who struck gold, titillating the public by re-working Oliver Goldsmith into She Shtupps to Conquer? Who found the road to success aboard A Street... more

    May 20, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • Heathers

    Shadows loom over memory lane.

    In 1988 a dark, cynical, off-beat and comic movie about high school kids behaving badly garnered rave reviews from critics but was a floperoo at box offices. Then Heathers became a cult smash. Hey, gang, what about adding some songs and da... more

    May 13, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • Speaking the speeches trippingly on the tongue

    Amid solemn, unfurnished rooms of Joslyn Castle, voices are raised and colorfully dressed bodies swirl, evoking words, ideas and drama that Shakespeare wrote. Here Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company seeks to personify many such dimensions ... more

    May 8, 2016

    1:55 AM

  • The Bard arrives in many guises.

    The castle doors open and, behold, kings and queens assemble, mingle and discourse in a Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre’s production of  a new script by Omaha’s Scott Kurz. The place, perforce, is Joslyn Castle. Kurz has created an intermingli... more

    May 3, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • Lost boy

    A Survivor of Murderous African Civil War Finds Refuge In America

    The title Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods may suggest something jocular or whimsical. But Tammy Ryan’s 2010 play of that name aims to be deeper and emotional. In it, a white American middle-aged, clearly affluent single mom connects with a S... more

    May 2, 2016

    1:00 AM

  • The feast

    Have a little priest

    Exceptionally skilled acting at Shelterbelt Theatre makes The Feast by Celine Song an impressive display of talent. And it appears that director Noah Diaz has done much to make the piece provocative. This unusual and far-out script looks l... more

    Apr 22, 2016

    3:00 PM

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