Omaha Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Omaha Community Playhouse: Who Was This Man? BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP at Omaha Community Playhouse: Who Was This Man?
by Christine Swerczek - May 06, 2018

Who was this man? Fifty years ago Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, just hours after his history-making speech, 'I've Been to the Mountaintop.'  Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP envisions a fictionalized account of Reverend King's final night.... (more...)
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN REVUE at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company is Intelligent Silliness BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN REVUE at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company is Intelligent Silliness
by Christine Swerczek - May 03, 2018

If you want to 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' before you see this show, you may catch even more of the references and jokes. But if you don't, it won't matter. It's a great show on many levels! You just have to answer the question, 'To be in the audience or not to be?' --Be.... (more...)
BWW Review: CURIOUS GEORGE & THE GOLDEN MEATBALL Serves Up Fun BWW Review: CURIOUS GEORGE & THE GOLDEN MEATBALL Serves Up Fun
by Christine Swerczek - April 21, 2018

CURIOUS GEORGE & THE GOLDEN MEATBALL tells the story of a monkey, his pal in yellow, and their adventures as they cook up a mean meatball in the Golden Meatball contest in Rome.... (more...)
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Omaha Community Playhouse: 'Where's the Dog?' BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Omaha Community Playhouse: 'Where's the Dog?'
by Christine Swerczek - April 14, 2018

If you love Shakepeare, if you love the theater, if you love farce, you will love SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE playing through May 6. Calling on a quote from the show, 'Where's the comedy, Will? Where's the dog?' He's at the Omaha Community Playhouse.... (more...)
BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company: Misery Meets Magical BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company: Misery Meets Magical
by Christine Swerczek - April 06, 2018

The Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company opens UNCLE VANYA at the Joslyn Castle. The stellar cast under the able direction of Cathy Kurz perfectly carries out Chekhov's desire for naturalism. They do not overact. There is no melodrama or big gestures. They feel the emotion and it is exposed. This is ... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS, AND RAGING QUEENS is a Patchwork of Emotion BWW Review: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS, AND RAGING QUEENS is a Patchwork of Emotion
by Christine Swerczek - March 27, 2018

There will be laughter. There will be tears. And there will be many recollections of this production in the weeks to come. For it will not leave your mind easily. ELEGIES is an epitaph for the departed and a love song that lives on.... (more...)
BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Rose Theater BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Rose Theater
by Christine Swerczek - March 23, 2018

I wish I could write everything I found beautiful or hilarious or imaginative in this show, but there isn't room. You need to jump down that rabbit hole and see for yourself. Yes, it's impossible to be perfect, but as Alice says, 'I believe in the impossible.' I'm already calling this as a nominee f... (more...)
BWW Review: Creighton University Brings BONNIE & CLYDE to Omaha! BWW Review: Creighton University Brings BONNIE & CLYDE to Omaha!
by Christine Swerczek - March 22, 2018

Frank Wildhorn has contributed so much wonderful music to the musical theatre world. BONNIE & CLYDE is some of his best work. Couple this music with the lives of two romantically notorious robbers of the Depression Era and you have a bang up show.... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL at Chanticleer Community Theater is a Privilege to See BWW Review: URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL at Chanticleer Community Theater is a Privilege to See
by Christine Swerczek - March 09, 2018

URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, opens at the Chanticleer Theatre in Council Bluffs, Iowa tonight and runs through March 18. If you loved SOMETHING ROTTEN, you will love this crazy show. Nothing is free from biting satire: corporate greed, populism, or even your most loved musicals.... (more...)
BWW Review: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is Sweet at Omaha Community Playhouse BWW Review: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is Sweet at Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - March 02, 2018

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is destined to be a giant hit for families with children and for anyone who enjoys a frivolous flight of imagination. It is visually delicious. It is literally music to your ears. And it is another rock solid production for the OCP.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEEDFOLKS is a Gem at the Rose Theater BWW Review: SEEDFOLKS is a Gem at the Rose Theater
by Christine Swerczek - February 25, 2018

SEEDFOLKS, adapted from the Newbery Award winning book by Paul Fleischman, tells the story of a young girl who unites a multicultural community through her simple act of planting a handful of beans in a vacant lot in Cleveland. As her neighbors watch and wonder from their windows, they are irresisti... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Sure to Delight at ORPHEUM THEATRE BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Sure to Delight at ORPHEUM THEATRE
by Natalie McGovern - February 15, 2018

Dramatic, evocative, and brimming with whimsy, An American In Paris delights audiences in a whirlwind montage of song and dance sequence.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company is Something Special! BWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN at Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company is Something Special!
by Christine Swerczek - February 12, 2018

You could sit around watching cows or you could amble on over to the First Central Congregational Church and see Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company's brilliant production of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN. It is so good!... (more...)
BWW Review: I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT at Performing Artists Repertory Theatre (PART) BWW Review: I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT at Performing Artists Repertory Theatre (PART)
by Christine Swerczek - February 10, 2018

Gordon Cantiello along with Rick Brayshaw has brought another fine evening of entertainment to Omaha with I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT at the Performing Artists Repertory Theatre in Crossroads. This delightful two act tribute showcases 34 songs made popular by Tony Bennett.... (more...)
BWW Review: PARADE Marches Into Uncomfortable Territory BWW Review: PARADE Marches Into Uncomfortable Territory
by Christine Swerczek - February 09, 2018

The Omaha Community Playhouse once again takes on a serious subject. PARADE, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man falsely accused of the rape and murder of a 13 year old girl in Marietta, Georgia, opens tonight and runs through March 11.... (more...)
BWW Review: SINATRA CHRISTMAS MY WAY: A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH! Jumpstarts the Christmas Season BWW Review: SINATRA CHRISTMAS MY WAY: A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH! Jumpstarts the Christmas Season
by Christine Swerczek - December 02, 2017

Singing the greats of Ole' Blue Eyes, this cadre of four veteran vocalists, Matthias Jeske, Jodi Vaccaro, Wendy Eaton, and Bob Goding, brought an opening night jam-packed house back to the days of smooth tunes, sophisticated dress, and Jack Daniels. Songs, jokes, stories...all combined for an intima... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING: A ROCK MUSICAL at University of Nebraska-Omaha Theatre Will Touch You BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING: A ROCK MUSICAL at University of Nebraska-Omaha Theatre Will Touch You
by Christine Swerczek - November 19, 2017

This is not just a raunchy peek into bedrooms of the teens. It is a sober look into the hearts and minds of these kids on the cusp of adulthood as they navigate their turbulent lives. It is a moving, heartfelt story that reaches beyond the centuries.... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premier of VAN GOGH & ME at The Rose Theater--An Original Work of Art BWW Review: World Premier of VAN GOGH & ME at The Rose Theater--An Original Work of Art
by Christine Swerczek - November 14, 2017

VAN GOGH & ME gives new meaning to the words 'performing arts.' This is art leaping to life on stage at the hands of playwright Matthew Gutshick and director John Hardy. Based on true accounts of the last months of Vincent van Gogh's life, VAN GOGH & ME pictures how the Dutch post-impressionist pain... (more...)
BWW Review: MISTER AND MISSCAST: A GENDER BENDING MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET is Colorful to the Max BWW Review: MISTER AND MISSCAST: A GENDER BENDING MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET is Colorful to the Max
by Christine Swerczek - October 23, 2017

Sarah Gibson, Mallory Vallier, and Ashley Laverty created a new one-night cabaret featuring favorite show tunes with a twist... or should I say a 'bend?' MISTER AND MISSCAST: A GENDER BENDING MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET, a clever name for a clever show, featured the genders mixing it up. Men performed s... (more...)
BWW Review: STUPID F*ING BIRD Flies Above Everything That Matters BWW Review: STUPID F*ING BIRD Flies Above Everything That Matters
by Christine Swerczek - October 14, 2017

'The title of the play is STUPID F*ING BIRD.' 'That'll sell some tickets!' So goes the dialogue in the newest play showing in the Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse. If you can get past the profane and impious language, here is what should sell tickets to Aaron Posner's modern take... (more...)
BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING is Memorable Theatre BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING is Memorable Theatre
by Christine Swerczek - September 29, 2017

Written by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe, this one hour, one act production directed by Susan Clement-Toberer focuses on the serious subject of suicide. It adds humor, so it's fun, but there is always the underlying current of sadness. Death and its resulting pain for loved ones make for the '... (more...)
BWW Review: BABE THE SHEEP PIG is an Adorable Winner BWW Review: BABE THE SHEEP PIG is an Adorable Winner
by Christine Swerczek - September 10, 2017

This show is one that you will hold close to your heart. Children will love it. Adults will smile and appreciate the layers of meaning, but will also enjoy the sheer frivolity of it all. If I may say so, 'ewe' will love this Grand Challenge. It's a winner.... (more...)
BWW Review: Take a Stand for EMINENT DOMAIN BWW Review: Take a Stand for EMINENT DOMAIN
by Christine Swerczek - August 25, 2017

Directed by Amy Lane, this cast is stellar. They aren't even acting. They flawlessly embody the MacLeods and lawyers living out their drama. There will be awards…lots of awards…for Laura Leininger-Campbell's production, EMINENT DOMAIN.... (more...)
BWW Review: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA at Performing Arts Repertory Theatre BWW Review: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA at Performing Arts Repertory Theatre
by Christine Swerczek - August 11, 2017

Make your way to MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA at the Performing Arts Repertory Theatre in the Crossroads Mall.... (more...)
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a Funny Thing BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a Funny Thing
by Christine Swerczek - July 15, 2017

With so much theater happening in Omaha, it's difficult to garner a sold out crowd on a weekend night. But for those who want a mindless jaunt to the Roman Forum, this is your trip. It's quaint. It's charming. (It's filled with Ebkes.) And it's a funny thing.... (more...)