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‘Psycho Beach Party’ to bring climate change to Columbus winter

January 22, 2015
An evening in the Short North can soon be a day at the beach with Columbus Immersive Theatre’s production of “Psycho Beach Party.” Set to hit the Garden Theater stage Friday, the companionship of this Charles Busch play might help audiences forget their winter blues. “You walk in, and you’re at the beach,” said director Edward Carignan, who hopes the audience will be able to transport to the ocean from cold Columbus. Busch’s “Psycho Beach Party” is based on the 1957 novel “Gidget” about a young girl’s surfing adventures. In this adaptation, the main character Chicklet Forrest, played in drag by Nick Hardin, is trying to be a member of… Read more

‘Isolde’ to explore absences of modern life at the Wex

January 22, 2015
With a simple set and a small cast, playwright and director Richard Maxwell will be returning to Ohio State with his critically acclaimed production “Isolde.” “Isolde,” which has received glowing reviews from publications such as The Village Voice and The New York Times, features a love triangle between “the title character Isolde, her husband who is a building contractor named Patrick and Massimo, a star architect and great talker who is hired to create (Isolde’s) dream vacation home but also wants to seduce her,” said Jennifer Wray, marketing and media assistant for the Wexner Center of the Arts. “There’s this classic love triangle element, but with a lot of humor.… Read more

Ohio native hopes to seize the day in Columbus production of ‘Newsies’

January 12, 2015
After selling out shows across the country, “Newsies” the musical is carrying its banner to Columbus’ Ohio Theatre during its North American tour. Newsies is based on the 1992 film that drew its concept from historical events of the newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York. The show chronicles the life of Jack Kelly (played by Dan DeLuca), a rebellious newsboy who leads a band of his colleagues to revolt against the injustice of his publishing company by going on strike. “Newsies” was scheduled for a limited run on Broadway, but it extended its run and played more than 1,000 shows. After a successful run, “Newsies” closed on Broadway this… Read more

Columbus production of ‘This is Our Youth’ features all-Ohio State cast

January 7, 2015
In its current incarnation, Warehouse Theatre Company has been producing for less than a year, and that youth is echoed in the theme of its upcoming show which stars three Ohio State students. Jesse Massaro, Erin Mellon and John Connor from the Department of Theatre are set to portray the three lead characters of the production’s central Ohio debut of “This Is Our Youth” under the direction of Kristofer Green, also a founding member of the company. “Part of what the play explores is the sort of paralysis young adults go through in the transition period between adolescence and adulthood and the realization that expectations don’t always match reality,” Green… Read more

Theatre review: ‘The Nutcracker’ filled with humor, dazzling performances

December 13, 2014
The weather outside was not too frightful, but opening night of BalletMet Columbus’ “The Nutcracker” turned out to be quite delightful. This was my first time seeing the holiday classic performed on stage instead of through a TV screen or in a movie theater, so the magic of the experience stayed with me the entire night. The first act opened with an adorable display of young children skidding across an icy sidewalk as Clara and her brother Fritz go to greet their godfather Herr Drosselmeyer, who always has a magic trick up his sleeve. Because this is a ballet performance, no dialogue is spoken between any of the characters, so… Read more

‘The Nutcracker’ makes its return to BalletMet Columbus

December 12, 2014
Christmas comes every year, and for BalletMet Columbus, so too does “The Nutcracker.” The ballet, with its world of toys and adventure in a little girl’s dream land, is makes its return Friday to the central Ohio ballet company, which has performed it every year since 1978, said BalletMet communications manager Ann Mulvany in an email. “The current version of BalletMet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ was created in 2003 by Robert Post and former BalletMet artistic director Gerard Charles,” Mulvany said. Current artistic director Edwaard Liang, a former dancer with New York City Ballet who joined BalletMet in 2013, has the reins on this year’s production. The two-act production itself has a… Read more

CATCO to give ‘Christmas Carol’ a new tune

December 4, 2014
“It’s a play within a play.” That’s how acting apprentice Andrew Protopapas described his theater company’s spin on “A Christmas Carol,” which CATCO is currently performing until Dec. 21. Charles Dickens’ story is book-ended by that of characters in 1940s England who find their way into an old, abandoned theater during a bomb raid. They come across the script for “A Christmas Carol,” find props and costumes in the theater and put on the show, director Joe Bishara said. That’s when the classic holiday story unfolds, but with a twist. While this kind of play traditionally consists of a cast of 50 or more individuals, CATCO’s version only has seven,… Read more

Miranda July to stage a spirited performance at Capitol Theatre

November 20, 2014
It might be the middle of November, but a little July will be found at the heart of Columbus. Miranda July’s theatrical experiment, “New Society,” is set to be performed Thursday in the Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center, presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts. July’s work was selected by the Wexner Center for the Arts as part of its 25th anniversary season celebration, said Erik Pepple, spokesman for the center.  July has received many awards and major recognition for her art, filmography and writing, according to her website. Her film “Me and You and Everyone We Know” — a story of a shoe salesman and performance artist… Read more

Eyes, mind, reason, love at the heart of Ohio State’s production of ‘In Here Out There’

November 13, 2014
Since January, students in Ohio State’s Master of Fine Arts in Acting program have worked with autistic children in social skills training, inspiring the creation of “In Here Out There,” a play that opens Thursday.   The nine students collectively wrote the piece as part of the MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project, which is required in the program, said Lesley Ferris, interim chair of the Department of Theatre. “A lot of people see autism as a disability,” said MFA acting student Aaron Lopez. “But this whole experience has taught me that it’s not a disability. It’s how they get through the world, which they view in this different and beautiful… Read more

Theater review: Lights, camera, Buddy — charismatic actor redeems musical’s foibles

October 30, 2014
“City of Angels” is a grand affair that pulls out all the stops to make us feel as if we are on a Hollywood set while immersing us in the world of the movie. The play is a collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre, that features a writer in Hollywood struggling to adapt his novel about a 1940s detective into a screenplay. I was rather impressed with all of the elements used to make the viewer feel as if they are watching a movie. Before a single character arrived on stage, opening credits was played, introducing the show like you would find at any movie… Read more