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Theatre Review: Psycho Beach Party has Stellar Acting but Falls a Bit Flat

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Psycho Beach Party has Stellar Acting but Falls a Bit Flat

Rare do I see a show that leaves me asking, “What the…?” (Insert word of choice there). While watching the opening night of Columbus Immersive Theater’s production of Psycho Beach Party, I felt annoyance, confusion, frustration, and a little anger. I heard a lot of laughter from the audience, but I, personally, found very little […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Great One a Hockey Musical Everyone (Even Sports Fans) Will Enjoy

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Great One a Hockey Musical Everyone (Even Sports Fans) Will Enjoy

When I first heard about Short North Stage’s original musical The Great One, a hockey musical, I felt bemused. Sports and theater do not typically jive well together; or, really, sports fan and theater patrons believe they do not. As a person who knows very little about sports, I developed a keen sense of curiosity […]

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Theatre Review: Newsies’ Dance and Music Delights

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Newsies’ Dance and Music Delights

Disney’s touring production of Newsies marched its way into a fairly packed Ohio Theatre last night. Based on the 1992 movie, this show tells the story of a band of 1899 New York newsboys unionizing and striking against newspaper tycoon, Joseph Pulitzer. When Pulitzer raises the cost from fifty to sixty cents for 100 papers, […]

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A Look Inside the Gallery of Echoes

 Lisa Much A Look Inside the Gallery of Echoes

There has long existed a sort of disconnect between the various forms of art. Actors often do not understand writers who do not understand musicians, and nobody knows what designers do. They think and act differently. That occurs in performance art; the dissimilarities grow stronger when comparing performance to visual art. Most artists pick a […]

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Theatre Review: Shepherd Productions’ Betrayal continues the British Affair theme

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Shepherd Productions’ Betrayal continues the British Affair theme

Recently, Columbus has witnessed a second British invasion, at least regarding English penned plays centering on affairs and identity. In March, we saw Shots in the Dark’s production of Closer, last month Available Light produced The Cockfight Play, and now Shepherd Productions brings this city Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. First produced in 1978, Betrayal presents a […]

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Theatre Review: Always…Patsy Cline a Safe Choice

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Always…Patsy Cline a Safe Choice

Let me preface all of this by stating that I do not particularly enjoy musicals where plot subordinates the music. I like driving stories and forward momentum. I wrote those same two sentences a year ago to introduce CATCO’s musical Five Guys Named Moe and feel the need to reiterate those feelings for the much […]

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Theatre Review: Book of Mormon Might Shock, But Absolutely Worth It

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Book of Mormon Might Shock, But Absolutely Worth It

As a child, for a cornucopia of reasons, my mother forbade me from watching South Park. I grew up quite religious, but snuck it some anyway. In my brief glimpses of it as a child and slightly more frequently as an adult, I’ve learned it centers on parody—nothing remains safe from the creators of that […]

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