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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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Theatre Review: Available Light Theatre Delivers a Highly Emotional Ride with The Cockfight Play

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Available Light Theatre Delivers a Highly Emotional Ride with The Cockfight Play

Available Light Theatre’s newest production, Cock (sometimes called The Cockfight Play), written by Mike Bartlett opened last night with a forceful energy. The show centers on one man, John, played illustriously by David Glover, and his journey into self-discovery. He leaves his boyfriend of seven years and stumbles upon a woman, with whom he falls […]

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Theatre Review: Powerful Songs Drive Imagine Productions’ Presentation of Rent

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Powerful Songs Drive Imagine Productions’ Presentation of Rent

Twenty years after the initial New York Theatre Workshop, everyone knows Rent. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La bohème, it tells the romanticized tale of several young artists struggling to survive in New York City in the late 80s/early 90s, while battling the machine, HIV, and their own fears. It enjoyed a twelve year run […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox Live’s Recent Collaboration Gallery of Echoes Paves an Exciting Path for Theaters in Columbus

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Shadowbox Live’s Recent Collaboration Gallery of Echoes Paves an Exciting Path for Theaters in Columbus

Shadowbox Live’s newest original production Gallery of Echoes opened and closed in one weekend. In it’s brief run, it gave the city of Columbus something quite beautiful, a real feast for the senses. A collaboration between Shadowbox Live and The Columbus Museum of Art, Gallery of Echoes examines art from CMA’s permanent collection with original […]

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Theatre Review: Straight White Men attempts to address privilege

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Straight White Men attempts to address privilege

I recall a specific moment in January 2012 when a friend and I, after seeing a show where four white straight male characters talk for two hours, ranted about the prevalence of this type of production at that moment in time. We even made a joke of it, “I need more white, Protestant males in […]

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