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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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Theatre Review: The Who’s Tommy Rocks Onto Stage at the Garden Theater

Anne Evans Anne Evans Theatre Review: The Who’s Tommy Rocks Onto Stage at the Garden Theater

Short North Stage continued their season in the Garden Theater tonight with a preview of The Who’s Tommy. A rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, The Who’s Tommy is based off the The Who’s 1969 double rock album Tommy, also by Townshend. The stage is simple, a series of doors all in white, […]

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Theatre Review: The Addams Family Delivers a Fairly Tame Production

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: The Addams Family Delivers a Fairly Tame Production

The Addams Family-A New Musical opened on Broadway in 2010. This came with a surge of other annoying, pre-existing character-themed shows including Elf the Musical, Spiderman, Catch me if you Can, and Sister Act to name a few. Now, for its second national tour, The Addams Family found its way to Columbus’s Palace Theatre. The […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s We are Proud to Present…

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Available Light’s We are Proud to Present…

After witnessing Available Light Theatre’s We are Proud to Present…, the audience kind of just sits there for a moment, unable to move, as though punched directly in the stomach. I thought about this for a while for I felt unsure what to write. This play leaves the audience with everything to say, yet no […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Out of Control is Quite Tame

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Out of Control is Quite Tame

Shadowbox Live’s newest production Out of Control bills itself as “a dangerous cocktail of sketch comedy and rock n’ roll.” This seems true, but Out of Control is a Shirley Temple that gets its danger from doubling the Grenadine. It is like a crazy sugar high, but couldn’t be more tame. Compared to past endeavors, […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Steel Magnolias Warms Hearts

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: CATCO’s Steel Magnolias Warms Hearts

CATCO’s newest production, a re-working of the classic Steel Magnolias, attempts to warm hearts as spring’s late arrival tries to keep people blue. Written in 1987, the play pre-dates the Sally Field movie of the late 80s. It takes place within the walls of Truvy’s Beauty Spot, the best place in town for a lady […]

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Theatre Review: Bigger than Jesus a Pure Ode to The Beatles

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Bigger than Jesus a Pure Ode to The Beatles

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.” A writer whose work makes my life a little better, Kurt Vonnegut, said that […]

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