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Theatre Review: We Will Rock You, Please Bite the Dust

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: We Will Rock You, Please Bite the Dust

I dislike auto-tune music and really like Queen. I grew up on Queen. That said, the Broadway tour of We Will Rock You, the Queen jukebox musical that began its run at the Palace last night remains the most incomprehensibly confusing piece of theater I’ve ever seen, including all experimental performance art. The show takes […]

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Theatre Review: Flashdance the Musical dazzles

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Flashdance the Musical dazzles

Last night, the touring production of Flashdance played to a packed house at the Palace Theatre. Based on the 1983 movie, the show centers on Alex Owens, a young steel worker who works as an exotic dancer at the club Hair in the evenings. Coming from a rough past, she yearns to study dance at […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s A Christmas Carol a not to miss holiday treat

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: CATCO’s A Christmas Carol a not to miss holiday treat

It feels all too familiar. December, Christmas time, and here comes A Christmas Carol. Everyone knows the story, this timeless tale, but sometimes (probably once a year), we can use a retelling—especially since more people seem to become Scrooges as Christmas becomes exponentially expensive. CATCO’s current offering then feels like a welcomed treat. CATCO’s adaptation […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Wall an absurd look at America (with clowns)

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: MadLab’s Wall an absurd look at America (with clowns)

Sometimes a production plays perfect pre-show music, the sounds that provide the vibes to signal the following events. MadLab’s Wall stands out as a nice example of this, mostly because Malvina Reynold’s “Little Boxes” is stuck in my head. For those that cannot remember this song (it also served as the theme song to Weeds), […]

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Theatre Review: Glue Takes an Honest Look at Friendship

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Glue Takes an Honest Look at Friendship

On a Saturday in late May 2011, a group of artists loitered outside of a theater in Chicago, taking a break from teching a play festival. Amidst snacks and conversation envying the people who could enjoy the sunny, warm day, I looked at the discarded banana peel in my hand and wondered if people could […]

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Theatre Review: Death of a Salesman reminds people to notice others

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Death of a Salesman reminds people to notice others

Last night, SRO Theatre opened its long-awaited production of Arthur Miller’s beloved classic Death of a Salesman. Mark Mann plays a poignant and fine Willy Loman. Mann seamlessly shifts from an eager, young salesman to the gray-haired, exhausted man, and anywhere in between, as the show bounces from hazy memory to reality and back. We […]

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Theatre Review: Jeff Horst shines in Fully Committed

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Jeff Horst shines in Fully Committed

Tonight, CATCO opens its newest show, the Columbus premiere of Fully Committed. A funny, charming, and quirky story of Sam Peliczowski, a young actor who makes his money taking reservations at a posh New York restaurant. The play occurs over the course of one day in the windowless, basement of the restaurant as Sam endures […]

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