Omaha Artist Emergency Relief Fund to Assist Local Artists

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Omaha Artist Emergency Relief Fun to Assist Local Artists by Stephanie Kidd TAG recently partnered with Amplify Arts to create the Omaha Artist Emergency Relief Fund, which serves to assist artists of all disciplines in the Greater Omaha Area who have lost income due to the COVID-19 shutdown. We raised funds from the community at the end of March, and … Read More

Pride Players

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Pride Players by Joe Basque It has been a difficult spring for theater in the area, as school, community theater and touring Broadway productions all fell victim to safety precautions in the face of the escalating Coronavirus epidemic. The most recent victim is the Rose Theater’s Pride Players, who were slated to perform at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices … Read More

Coronavirus/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Cancellations and Postponements

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The following is a listing of known cancellations and postponements in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Please note this listing is for general information only. Each listing is linked to the respective theatre. Patrons are advised to visit official theater webpages for more information. Last Updated: April 8, 2020 Wilson Performing Art Center, Red Oak, Iowa All performances postponed or … Read More

Blood at the Root

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Blood at the Root By Joe Basque, Contributor Cedar High is your typical high school; a reasonably harmonious place where students interact in class and extracurricular activities, but tend to socialize within their own racial groups. Until Raylynn decides to shake things up. She becomes the first person of color to run for student council president and she spends a … Read More

“Tell Martha Not to Moan”

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“Tell Martha Not to Moan” By: Joe Basque, Contributor In July 1967, a late night police raid on an unlicensed bar lit the fuse on a five day explosion of rioting and violence in Detroit. By the time it was over, forty-three were dead, over a thousand injured, two thousand buildings were destroyed, and the United States Army’s 82nd and … Read More


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Company By Joe Basque, Contributor   Bobby is an amiable, attractive, single New Yorker. He is best friends with five couples, he has three girlfriends, and he is about to celebrate his thirty-fifth birthday. He seems to live a charmed life. So why is he so ambivalent? Audiences of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company” have puzzled over just what makes … Read More


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Sweat By Joe Basque, Contributor   Sweat by Lynn Nottage is set in a Reading Pennsylvania bar populated by steel workers, male and female, black and white, who watch helplessly as their lives are turned upside down by de-industrialization. The play opened off Broadway shortly before the 2016 presidential election. When the dust cleared, the New York Times wrote that … Read More

Theater Under the Stars

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Theater Under the Stars by: Joe Basque   Your opportunity to enjoy local theater under the stars continues this July at the SumTer Amphitheater, as the Papillion-LaVista Community Theatre (PLVCT) presents Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” PLVCT has been producing summer musicals at SumTer for a dozen years now. If you have not attended a production, you are truly missing … Read More

Female Forward

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Female Forward By: Joe Basque, Contributor Juno’s Swans has finally hit the big time. Sarah Lynn Brown, the interim artistic director for Nebraska Shakespeare, formed Juno’s Swans in 2016. Brown had recently finished performing Rosalind in the 2015 production of “As You Like It.” While a coveted role, she realized that this largest of female roles in the Shakespeare canon … Read More

Men on Boats

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Men on Boats by Joe Basque, Contributor Jaclyn Backhaus first remembers learning about John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River in her fourth grade history class. “My dad is very interested in explorer tales, and he had a copy of Powell’s journals that I would flip through as a kid,” she recalls. She returned to Powell’s journals as a … Read More