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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...)
BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK is Simply Good BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK is Simply Good
by Christine Swerczek - October 28, 2016

You may think you know Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK, but you may not have seen it through the eyes of playwright Greg Banks who takes the well-known story written in 1894 and brings it into now. Is the story new? Not really. Are there any big surprises? Not so much. Then what makes it new? I be... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD Rocks with Killer Vocals BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD Rocks with Killer Vocals
by Christine Swerczek - October 14, 2016

Four killer voices are rocking the Omaha Community Playhouse. MURDER BALLAD, a new indie-rock sung-through musical by Julia Jordan and music by Juliana Nash, is an old story of a love triangle gone wrong.... (more...)
BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is Freakish Fun! BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is Freakish Fun!
by Christine Swerczek - October 02, 2016

For anyone who has spent their "whole life wishing they weren't so freakin' strange," SHREK THE MUSICAL will raise a flag. For everyone else? They'll love it simply for its silly fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community Playhouse BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - September 16, 2016

SISTER ACT is a simple story about nuns in wimples who are taught to let loose in song by a nightclub singer who is cloistered at the convent in hiding from the hoods. This story isn't just black and white. Well, maybe it is. But this foot stomping musical set in 1970's Philadelphia is fun, no matte... (more...)
BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To Sleep BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To Sleep
by Christine Swerczek - September 06, 2016

Let's say you are a six year old and you have trouble falling asleep. Let's say your imagination runs away with you. Let's say animals can talk, crawl out of paintings on the wall, and sing and dance. These are the components for The Rose Theater's current production, GOODNIGHT MOON, the tale of a y... (more...)