Swimming With Sharks

West Side Story opens Tuesday at Orpheum West Side Story’s Sharks are killers, says Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original book and directed the latest revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical. That means German Santiago, as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, plays one tough Puerto Rican. Born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, […]

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Every Drop Counts

Installation at Creighton warns of our greatest resource Watered Down Artist Matthew Dehaemers may not be the first to show “green art” in this area, but his current installation, Watered Down, at Creighton University’s Lied Art Gallery, is one of this year’s most interesting exhibits in Omaha regardless of theme or subject. Sculptor Jess Benjamin […]

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Two Giants

Fences and Talk Radio in review by Warren Francke Neither is tall, but both men tower like stage giants in starkly different roles. In Fences, John Beasley plays Troy, scarred by an abusive father and the mid-century bigotry that denied his baseball talent. In Talk Radio, Jerry Longe is far removed from his annual Scrooge […]

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Graphic Art

Erotic Body as Text show finishes at RNG Gallery Even the most prudish of viewers will tolerate the occasional nude in art; that is, as long as it is properly ensconced in a proper museum. That said, past and current staff at the Joslyn Art Museum could regale readers with tales of offended viewers who […]

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Coloring Outside The Lines

Cartoonists gather at KANEKO this week A bunch of cartoonists and gag writers will converge on KANEKO this weekend, but this time, no one will be calling security. The National Cartoonists Society North Central Chapter Conference takes place there this Saturday, Oct. 2. The weekend kicks off the night before with a KANEKO Great Minds […]

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Back Beat

* Not really sure what happened to September, but as I write this I’m being dragged kicking and screaming into October. I do love October, so full of colorful leaves, thick sweaters, pumpkins and warm, spiked beverages — I just don’t appreciate the time warp. Ah well, when in October, I suppose … Dundee’s 1020 […]

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Almost Paradise

Footloose song and dance shines at Playhouse Let’s begin with an important admission. I am all but culturally illiterate when it comes to ’80s cinema and its legacy. Having spent that decade knee-deep in raising kids, my world was one of diaper changes, school activities, Scouts and youth sports. When we did go to movies, […]

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How Glory Goes

Dan Tracy plays Floyd Collins at Creighton From Tony in West Side Story and Siegfried in Das Barbecu to Jesus in Godspell, Dan Tracy isn’t new to musical theater leads at Creighton University and elsewhere. But his title role in Floyd Collins is “the most unique role I’ve played.” Only lucky Lindy himself, Charles Lindbergh, […]

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Vista Vision

German photographer returns, Making theConnection from Beelitz to Old Market When German artist Christian Rothmann introduced the work of Frauke Bergemann to Omaha in 2008 he referred to her photography as “frozen transition.” This was an apt description of Bergemann’s large, hyper-realistic juxtapositions of time and space that depicted a post-reunification Berlin still largely “stuck” […]

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