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Sep 24, 2016 12:00 PM Stage

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 Arts

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 Arts

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 Arts

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 Arts

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 Stage

When a cult movie becomes Heathers: the Musical and one managed to not join the cult, one brings some skepticism to opening night at the Blue Barn Theatre. I mean, seriously, a musical where a high school kid in a black trench coat starts... more

May 27, 2016 7:47 PM Art

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 Arts

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 Arts

Kwaidan materializes magnificently at UNO Theatre. This evocation of Japanese Ghosts and Demons comes alive. The Immersive Journey compels in its conception. In its realization. Credit visiting director Izumi Ashizawa and UNO director Dr. ... more

Apr 15, 2016 8:33 PM Arts

These are days of holy observances. The celebration of Easter and the solemn sorrow of Good Friday have just passed. The rites of Passover soon will be observed. The beliefs inherent in these times have called for and will call for ideas, t... more

Mar 29, 2016 4:03 AM Arts

The Rose glows in its production of the musical Honk. The cast, the sets, the costumes all combine for a wonderfully polished performance. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling thrives in a cute, sweet script by An... more

Mar 27, 2016 5:01 PM Arts

There comes a time when you need some good laughs, considering how you could feel as if you’ve been walking down a dark hall with your flashlight full of dead batteries. That could be when you take a load off your tired toes and squeeze int... more

Mar 17, 2016 8:27 PM Arts

The title of Mike Bartlett’s play Cock, now alive and kicking at SNAP Productions, suggests something genital, wouldn’t you say?  Toss aside such simple expectations. And, despite so many proliferating plays about gay men, this covers new g... more

Mar 14, 2016 9:31 PM Arts

Phenomenal soulful singing commands the stage at Omaha Community Playhouse in Caroline or Change, the complex musical wrapping-up its stay on March 20th. The astonishing depth of talent of the African-American singers of the cast makes the ... more

Mar 12, 2016 9:40 PM Arts

Student actors at UNO have breathed life, vitality and truth into Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. They have kept her provocative 1978 play vivid and meaningful. Although times and cultures have altered in 38 years, these youthful talents seem ab... more

Feb 27, 2016 8:08 PM Arts

Frost/Nixon made my first visit to the new Blue Barn Theatre memorable for many reasons worth ranking roughly in order of their impact. First, not Frost despite an appealing performance by Aaron Zavitz as the Brit talk show host, but Nixon... more

Feb 8, 2016 3:48 PM Arts

Omaha’s Ellen Struve has written a very clever, frequently amusing play Untitled Series #7. And, at Shelterbelt, director Roxanne Wach keeps it unceasingly alive, especially given a standout, dynamic and definitive performance by Mike Palmr... more

Feb 2, 2016 10:05 PM Arts

The male usher smiled when I handed him the ticket and suggested that my gender would leave me massively outnumbered in the audience. At intermission, it’s not unusual to see a long line outside the women’s restroom, a shorter one for the ... more

Jan 25, 2016 8:27 PM Arts

The Rose has risen to the occasion. It offers a superbly staged, colorful production of a charmingly original, often comic 2012 Broadway hit, Peter and The Starcatcher. During this seasonal time of celebration, this delightful package shoul... more

Dec 8, 2015 2:49 AM Arts

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