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Theater review: Plenty of reasons to laugh at UNO's 'Spelling Bee'

Theater review: Plenty of reasons to laugh at UNO's 'Spelling Bee'

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" follows six misfit tweeners suffering the agonies of puberty, and sometimes unhappy home lives, while competing.
Art notes: Two artists, poet collaborate on ‘Bodies of Work’ exhibit
Art notes: Two artists, poet collaborate on ‘Bodies of Work’ exhibit

The Apollon hosts an art exhibit and live reading early next week. “Bodies of Work” will feature a collaboration between figurative artist Rachel Mindrup with artist Sally Deskins and poet Fran Higgins.

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Durham Museum’s ‘1968’ exhibit boasts fashions worn by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin
Durham Museum’s ‘1968’ exhibit boasts fashions worn by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

His famous purple felt suit jacket hangs just above his brown leather boots, next to his brown, fringed leather vest and the Sunburst Stratocaster Fender guitar.

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Clever French farce will take viewers back

Boeing, Boeing
What: Stage comedy
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Hawks Mainstage
When: Friday through May 11. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Exception: No performance Easter Sunday.
Tickets: $35 adults, $21 students
Information: 402-553-0800 or omahaplayhouse.com
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It’s the most performed French play in the world. Or so says the Guinness Book of Records.

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Theater events calendar

A roundup of theater events in the area.

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'Last Supper' quilt makes its way to Nebraska
'Last Supper' quilt makes its way to Nebraska

When Don Locke decided to make a quilt, he had no idea where it would lead him.

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Caravan’s steampunk ‘Fantasticks’ to pitch its tent in Iowa
Caravan’s steampunk ‘Fantasticks’ to pitch its tent in Iowa

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour of “The Fantasticks” is nearing home turf this week after three months on the road coast to coast.

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Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show coming to Nebraska
Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show coming to Nebraska

Dancers will contort, swing, writhe and mime to the music of the King of Pop this summer.

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Gay Men's Chorus bringing musical about bullying to Lincoln

Six members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will present a musical about bullying and teen violence Friday night in Lincoln.

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Jazz composer, 20, dreams big after rediscovering music

John Kosch started taking piano lessons when he was just a child, and like a lot of people, gave it up as he got older.

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Kaneko-designed production to close Opera Omaha's 2014-15 season
Kaneko-designed production to close Opera Omaha's 2014-15 season

The organization’s 57th season opens this fall with the Verdi classic “Rigoletto” and closes next spring with Omaha-based artist Jun Kaneko’s vision of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.”

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For Omaha lawyer's third play, it's Michelangelo vs. Leonardo
For Omaha lawyer's third play, it's Michelangelo vs. Leonardo

When Omaha lawyer Joe Basque read that master artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci had been pitted against each other in a mural-painting competition in Florence, Italy, he was intrigued.

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‘Spelling Bee’ musical coming to Omaha

Veteran director Cindy Phaneuf has an unusually young creative team working with her on “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which begins preview performances Wednesday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Art notes: Film at Slowdown shows story behind hand-painted signs
Art notes: Film at Slowdown shows story behind hand-painted signs

AIGA Nebraska will host a film screening at the Slowdown next week dedicated to the art of sign painting.

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