Atheism

When President Obama noted that “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers” in his 2009 inauguration speech, the team at Fox News was locked and loaded by the time the broadcast cut back to the studio. Of all the many points they would address in Obama’s speech, […]

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It’s in the Cards

What happens when you trade a booze-soaked, fast-lane existence in a seedy SoHo bar for the safety and security of the tony Upper West Side? Temptation. Sex. Betrayal. Redemption. Tragedy.  Murder Ballad, the sung-through rock musical now playing at the Omaha Community Playhouse, is a sexy, high-energy, incredibly fast-paced […]

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More Prairie, Less Pizzazz

He may not have superpowers, but Dapose shares at least one characteristic with any number of comic book heroes — that of maintaining dual identities. By day he is simply Michael Dappen, the mild-mannered guy slinging mulch at Indian Creek Nursery or maybe toiling away in some pastoral site as a landscaper under the guise […]

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Aping His Way to the Top

Doing a mean Christopher Walken is the stock and trade of many comedians. Same goes for being able to perfect an droolingly incoherent Arnold Schwarzenegger. But how about an impersonation of Christopher Walken doing Arnold Schwarzenegger? That’s just one of the zany bits that propelled Peter Marr to a spot on “First Impressions,” which airs […]

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Because Nice Matters

The Circle Theatre’s riveting production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf unfolds in the shadow of the most unlikely of set dressing pieces. George and Martha, the feuding protagonists in the Edward Albee classic that is celebrating its 50th year on stages everywhere, are anything but nice. But there it is nonetheless, the cloyingly cute […]

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Restoring Bi-partisanship

A recent telephone conversation with former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey evoked images of an old educational film on how government works. If you are of a certain age you may recall the cartoon’s narrator, an animated version of the United States Constitution standing on the Capitol steps, neatly summing things up just before the credits […]

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Legislator Versus Executive

Geography quite naturally plays a vital role in politics. When it came time for the respective campaigns to suggest site selections for The Reader to interview Nebraska State Senator Gwen Howard and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing as they prepare to face off in a May 15 primary for the nod to challenge 13-year incumbent […]

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