Strap on your playgoing gear and strategize, then tell me how to catch all seven shows that pop up in the next few days. The Brigit St. Brigit, Blue Barn and John Beasley companies make it doable because they’ll run into March.

If you want to see the Cats come out at midnight and create more memories, Omaha Performing Arts gives you five shots at the record-breaking musical, but all performances are squeezed into Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orpheum. Unless you saw the original tour, here’s your first look the psychic twin cats joining Grizabella, Mr. Mistoffolees, Macavity, Old Deuteronomy and the rest of the world’s favorite felines.

Three offerings are one-night stands: on Friday, Feb. 17, Sherry Josand Fletcher and Dan Adams do Love Letters, a fundraiser at Metropolitan Community Church, 819 S. 22nd St.; on Saturday, Feb. 18, Aetherplough continues its mixed media mission with Shinichi Iova-Koga doing dance theater at Omaha Healing Arts Center, 1216 Howard St.; the Omaha Community Playhouse 21 & Over series brings back The Encyclopedia Show with some of the top slam poets holding forth on dinosaurs at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Maybe you’ll need to back up to Thursday, Feb. 16, when the Blue Barn opens In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) if you’re lucky enough to land tickets. (Read much more about it in next week’s Reader.)

If not, that still leaves time to see it before March 10, though don’t be surprised if it adds a few dates to meet demand. Brigit’s encore treatment of Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer runs through March 4 with the original cast including Tom Becker and Scott Working. Don’t forget that it’s a new location: The 1000 Dodge Condominium Building on the northwest corner of 10th and Dodge.

That leaves time between Feb. 17 and March 11 to see what John Beasley Theatre pros Tyrone Beasley, Carl Brooks and TammyRa’ accomplish with playwright Eugene Lee directing his East Texas Hot Links. They’re hanging out in the mid-1950s, pre-integration, at a dusty backwoods joint “For Colored Only.”

Don’t procrastinate on this lineup. The following weekend adds Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at UNO, One for the Road, a Brit comedy at Doug Marr’s Circle Theater, and a local original, Gumball Machine by Andrew Yolland and Sarah Carlson-Brown by the Witching Hour.

Now try to find time to exhale.

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to

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