Countdown to Curtain

He’s the unseen master of the house, calling cues on his radio headset or flipping switches to turn on red, green and yellow cue lights. The script says, “slurp, slurp, slurp,” as Ebenezer Scrooge noisily spoons his soup, and the words tell Steve Priesman to signal the next change in lights, sound or set piece. […]

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Vermin, Vermin Everywhere!

Jamie Burmeister is the type of guy who can’t stand still. The 41-year-old exercise scientist-turned-artist constantly works on new projects, whether it’s hardwiring a rocking chair to correspond with a movie projector, or modeling 4-inch men out of clay. The latter, Burmeister’s Vermin Project, is his most popular. The idea of the Vermin Project — […]

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Globetrotters

Many is the man or woman who wanted to take that voyage “across the pond” — seeking one’s fortune, a new beginning or maybe just to escape with no intention of returning. Let the record show that most such movement has been east to west across the Atlantic. Yet, today, “The land of opportunity” is […]

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True Colors

Seven African-American women portray the title’s “Colored Girls” in Ntozake Shange’s poetic play at the John Beasley Theater, but the diversity of their personas and performances doesn’t allow for easy summary. In the beginning, some voices were muffled by a sound track that added to the impact of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide […]

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Wood Works

If there was one thing proved by Out of the Woods , an interesting Hot Shops group exhibit last summer, it is that wood sculpture can be more than craft or hobby for its artists. Not that there wasn’t fine craftsmanship in this show as seen in the representational design of Herm Rauth’s doorway and […]

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We Got The Beat-les

It’s safe in mid-December to say the most fun we had at a theater in 2010 was again Billy McGuigan’s Beatles show, Yesterday and Today , at the Omaha Community Playhouse. “We” includes my wife who also sees an average of one or two theatrical offerings a week, some of which I enjoy more than […]

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Mind Over Matter

It was 17th century philosopher-mathematician René Descartes who first articulated a general theory of dualism stating that humans consist of a sort of mind-body dichotomy. Descartes attributed all animal or biological activity to the brain while crediting one’s thoughts and desires to the mind, a more elusive and spiritual faculty. Inextricably linked, this mind-body dualism […]

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Brightening the Blackness

“The play’s the thing,” Will Shakespeare wrote. And that’s true of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Blue Barn’s Downtown Space. But Nils Haaland’s portrayal of Marley makes the most of Tom Mula’s brilliant script, and there’s no drop-off in the performances by Alan Brincks as the Bogle, Doug Blackburn as Scrooge and Scott Working […]

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Act of Torture

Care for a syllogism? You know, that exercise in deductive reasoning that attempts to reach a valid conclusion based upon a given major and minor premise, such as: * All methods of torture are illegal. * Waterboarding is a method of torture. * Therefore waterboarding is illegal. If you doubt either premise, check the definition […]

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Marley Christmas

Three Scrooges and a couple of Jacob Marleys sat around the edge of the stage and the front row as the Blue Barn cast got ready to rehearse a fascinating play that could just as well be called Marley Meets the Bogle. But the title is Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol , a darker and delightfully […]

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