Omaha Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: BILLY MCGUIGAN'S ROCK TWIST at Omaha Community Playhouse BWW Review: BILLY MCGUIGAN'S ROCK TWIST at Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - July 13, 2017

Billy McGuigan runs on high-octane fuel and you can feel his energy emanating from the stage. This is an entertainer who works the crowd and works for the crowd. Everyone will get more than their money's worth. Believe the hype.... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Storms into South High Magnet BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Storms into South High Magnet
by Christine Swerczek - June 30, 2017

This rainbow cast of all ages and abilities filled the stage and told the story of Dominican-Americans eeking out a living in the Washington Heights barrio of Manhattan to memorable rap music. You don't think you like rap? Lin-Manuel Miranda will change your mind.... (more...)
BWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at SNAP! Productions BWW Review: CARRIE THE MUSICAL at SNAP! Productions
by Natalie McGovern - June 19, 2017

Modern, bloody, edgy, and not for the faint of heart. A musical take on Stephen King's horror classic Carrie with an all-star, stellar cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER PAN at The Rose Theatre-A Delight For All Ages BWW Review: PETER PAN at The Rose Theatre-A Delight For All Ages
by Natalie McGovern - June 04, 2017

Although tailored for children, adults will enjoy this classic that reminisces back to a yesteryear of childhood and imagination, in the perpetual fantasy world of Neverland.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Omaha Community Playhouse Has Beauty Abounding BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Omaha Community Playhouse Has Beauty Abounding
by Christine Swerczek - May 26, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the OCP has beauty abounding.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Orpheum Theater: A Standout Surely Not To Be Forgotten BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Orpheum Theater: A Standout Surely Not To Be Forgotten
by Natalie McGovern - May 20, 2017

A jocular song and dance fanfare of melodious merriment and merriment, it's full of quippy one liners and farcical entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS is Good Food for Thought BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS is Good Food for Thought
by Christine Swerczek - May 05, 2017

Sometimes you see a play that's so rich, you can't stop chewing on it. That's how I felt about the Omaha Community Playhouse production of "SUPERIOR DONUTS." Written by Tracy Letts, multiple layers are woven into a funny, yet sadly moving, exploration of the people going in and out of the small Chic... (more...)
BWW Review: Nik and Sarah's Cabaret: HOMEMADE FUSION at Club Vibe BWW Review: Nik and Sarah's Cabaret: HOMEMADE FUSION at Club Vibe
by Christine Swerczek - April 24, 2017

This is musical theater at its most personal. Take a small venue, one pianist, and a handful of really talented local performers, toss them together for a fusion of fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning! BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning!
by Christine Swerczek - April 06, 2017

Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann…what do these four people have in common? An insane amount of songwriting talent! A history filled with awards. And a story worth telling through their melodies and lyrics.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Meets at a Crossroads BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Meets at a Crossroads
by Christine Swerczek - March 27, 2017

Last night I found myself at a crossroads. It was the Crossroads Mall in Omaha. Inside this nearly vacant structure is a tiny live theater tucked into the northeast corner. The Performing Artists Repertory Theatre (PART) showcased two of Omaha's favorite performers in Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST F... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse! BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!
by Christine Swerczek - March 06, 2017

There's a party at the Bourbon Room and you're invited. Get out that 1980's gear you've got stuffed in the back of your closet and head over to ROCK OF AGES. This show is the most fun I've had in a long while! I've seen it on Broadway and more recently in Las Vegas, but the Omaha Community Playhouse... (more...)
BWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With Love BWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With Love
by Christine Swerczek - February 16, 2017

I love Valentine's Day. And this year, it was even more special. Amidst an already lively theater scene in the metropolitan area, a Valentine's Day Cabaret happened at the Club Vibe. This cabaret, the brain child of Nik Whitcomb and Sarah Gibson, featured local performers who have appeared in award-... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at The Rose Theater Will Blow You Away! BWW Review: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at The Rose Theater Will Blow You Away!
by Christine Swerczek - January 27, 2017

Did the Big Bad Wolf really huff and puff and blow the houses down? Did he really eat those innocent little pigs? Was he really a big bad wolf? You be the jury. Listen to both sides of the story at the Rose Theater as they present THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.... (more...)
BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Will Make Your Head Spin at the Omaha Community Playhouse BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Will Make Your Head Spin at the Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - January 21, 2017

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS might make your head spin like a globe. Opening at the Omaha Community Playhouse with five versatile actors directed by Carl Beck, this play adapted by Mark Brown from the Jules Verne's classic novel, takes us on a whirlwind adventure.... (more...)