Something I don’t excel in (at this point of my life) is pushing myself out of my “entertainment comfort zone.”  Anything that can threaten my delicate crazy-lady emotions has been fairly off-limits since I had the children.  I can’t even look at the zombie’s face featured on the sign of the local “water pipe” shop without feeling a little bit like running and screaming.  Blackfish? Are you kidding me?  Er, no.   House?  You realize (SPOILER) a newborn baby dies right in the nursery like 3 episodes in, right?

Needless to say, I really like to watch things about unicorns and rainbows right now… or very far-fetched sci-fi and spy stuff.

Which is why I was surprised to find out that I had requested to see War Horse at the beginning of the Omaha Performing Arts season last year.  War + horses?  I can handle seeing harm come to adults on-screen better than I can animals.  I almost said “Ah, yeah, um, so busy, man what a bummer, can’t make it, gosh, sorry!”  Then I watched this video and almost made a blubbering fool of myself in one of the trendier coffee joints in town:

Barely two minutes of video had me filled with the good tears.  They were almost spilling into my coffee.  You guys I have just got to see this show.  First of all, I have a bit of a British Obsession, and anything set in England tends to be extra-appealing to me.  Secondly, anything that can summon that kind of an emotional reaction from me in a public and hipster-filled location is something that I owe it to myself to see.

So I’m going.  And I will definitely report back afterward.  I haven’t even talked about the obviously amazing puppetry and acting that is going to be happening.  I’m sure you’ll hear me gushing about it for weeks.  I think you should try and see it, too, though.  Interested?  The Omaha Performing Arts has some pretty awesome promotions going on right now for the show.  Here’s all the fine print (I’ll make it regular-sized so you don’t have to squint):

Family Night:

A limited number of tickets will be available at one-half price for the opening night performance of WAR HORSE, Tuesday, April 8. Tickets will be available to one adult and one child, age 9 to 18 years of age.  The half-price tickets can be purchased at $32.25 each from Ticket Omaha by using the promotion code – FAMILY14. There’s a limit of one ticket per adult and one ticket per child. No more than two tickets per adult or per family. Seating will be available in the Grand Tier and balcony areas of Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. This show is recommended for children ages 9 and up. Additional tickets may be purchased at the regular ticket prices.

Other Promotions:

Promo Code: KIDSNIGHT. Buy one adult’s ticket and get the child’s ticket for free, up to age 18. Good for Tuesday evening only on Price Level 2 (loge and the front of the grand tier balcony for the locations). Subject to availability.

Promo Code: VETS 14. Offer of the 25% off tickets and $5 of each ticket would go to the Disable American Veterans. All price levels. Offer good for shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. only. Subject to availability.

Promo Code: HORSE14. Offer of 10% off tickets with $1 of ticket price going to Nebraska Humane Society’s Equine Program. Good for Price Levels 1, 2 and 3. Offer good for shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. only. Subject to availability.


If any of you end up going, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!  Hope to see you there!


Time to get real:

Omaha Performing Arts is compensating me for this blog post with two tickets to see the show.  All content (except for the promotional fine print) is from my own brain and is my property.  It feels good to be honest with each other, right?