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MadLab’s Warm, Vibrant Counter/Top

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab’s Warm, Vibrant Counter/Top

MadLab’s Fall 2017 season dedicated to premieres bursts strong off the blocks with Kirin McCrory’s Counter/Top directed by Megan Mateer. Counter/Top takes place in a diner you think has been right off the highway forever. Miss Betty (Catherine Cryan) presides over the scene, den mother, mediator and magistrate. Adrift Liza (Kayla Theis) hints she’s at the diner more […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: MadLab’s Young Writers Short Play Festival Returns

 Stephen Woosley Columbus Makes Art Presents: MadLab’s Young Writers Short Play Festival Returns

Carl Burgason is an up-and-coming theater artist in Columbus and a native of Hilliard. Over the past few years he has written, acted and directed around the city and is a frequent collaborator at MadLab. He is currently mentoring and directing the show The Void, as a part of their Young Writers Short Play Festival. […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2017

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2017

MadLab opened its 17th Theatre Roulette festival of short plays this weekend. Per tradition, Roulette is three rotating nights of different anthologies of short plays both from MadLab regulars and fresh voices. I was able to see Inside Bets, the first night, directed by Stephen Woosley with assistance by Tay Lane and Jason Sudy. The overall mood […]

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Comedy Preview: Travis Irvine & Dustin Meadows

Grant Walters Grant Walters Comedy Preview: Travis Irvine & Dustin Meadows

Two of Columbus' best-known stand-up comedians are joining forces this week to record new comedy albums during back-to-back shows at MadLab Theatre

Columbus’ comedy community is growing steadily, and the traction it’s gained since I moved here almost four years ago is quite remarkable. On almost any night of the week now, you can find a stand-up, sketch, or improv show worthy of a big-city following. Comedians Travis Irvine and Dustin Meadows remember when local laughs were […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Sketchy Sex Fulfills Promises

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Sketchy Sex Fulfills Promises

MadLab kicks off their 2017 season with Sketchy Sex which opened Thursday. It looks at sex and mating from a variety of perspectives – the program credits fourteen writers. Collections of sketches are always mixed bags, and Sketchy Sex doesn’t avoid that fate. The technical elements, including Melissa Bair’s costumes and props, Brendan Michna’s set and lighting, […]

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Theatre Review: Exit Left’s Misguided Hamlet

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Exit Left’s Misguided Hamlet

Exit Left Productions’ first production, a heavily stripped down and slightly reshuffled Hamlet opened this weekend at MadLab in a production directed by Patrick McGregor II. The oft-told tragedy of a Danish prince haunted by life and his indifference, has been the vehicle for a variety of interpretations and set everywhere from WWII to the apocalypse. Here, […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Stumbling Slog of The Star

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Stumbling Slog of The Star

MadLab ends 2016 on a disappointing note with The Star, a new play written and directed by Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre. Billed as “a fairy tale,” an alien visitor (McLane Nagy) crashes to earth clad in a silver bikini and go-go boots right out of a 60s romp, not speaking English or quite knowing how to […]

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