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Theatre Review: Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a smart comedy

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a smart comedy

I did a quick peruse of TV Guide’s current top ranks to see two identical shows vying for top place (The Voice and American Idol). Then I noticed Dancing with the Stars, that show that reincarnates 80s celebrities. Scrolling down the list, I saw the song of our generation: Keeping up with the Kardashians. Curious […]

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Theatre Chat: Nina Does Cbus

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Chat: Nina Does Cbus

Andrew Levitt never planned to call Columbus home. Rather, he thought he would hang around for a bit and test out a drag character, Nina West, for a few months before heading to New York. That was 2001. He never left. Levitt received a BFA in Theatre from Denison University in the spring of 2001; […]

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Theatre Review: The Promised Land explores unemployment in an exceptionally human way

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: The Promised Land explores unemployment in an exceptionally human way

Recently, I joked with a friend about the idea of staging a tragedy as a comedy, a sort of Anti-Chekovian theater, if you will. Willy Loman serves as a literal punchline; the audience tears up because they laugh so hard. Though we thought it absurd and unworkable, A&B Theatricals’s world premiere The Promised Land nearly […]

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Theatre Review: With John Cage 101, Available Light Theatre takes a risk and creates something different

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: With John Cage 101, Available Light Theatre takes a risk and creates something different

“…silence…silence…silence…” Most people, if they know John Cage, know him as the man who created 4’33”, a piece of three parts that lasts four minutes and thirty-three seconds where the musicians do nothing. The audience hears the silence and the sounds within. Last night, Available Light Theater opened its long-awaited and sound-filled biography play about […]

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Theatre Review: Green Day’s American Idiot provides raucous, wild fun

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Green Day’s American Idiot provides raucous, wild fun

Green Day’s punk opera, American Idiot landed at the Palace Theater last night. The raucous, wild musical provides a roller coaster of a journey that may feel more like a rock concert than “musical theater.” However, American Idiot serves as a gem of theatrical design that must be seen for the experience, despite the fact […]

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Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof, a flawless tradition

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof, a flawless tradition

This weekend, Gallery Players at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), opened their sixth production of Fiddler on the Roof to sold-out performances and loving audiences. The classic and much adored musical centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, his wife Golde, and their five daughters in the village of Anatevka in Tsarist Russia in the early […]

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Theatre Review: Ordinary Days at Short North Stage

Lisa Much Lisa Much Theatre Review: Ordinary Days at Short North Stage

Tonight, the Short North Stage opens Ordinary Days, a chamber musical written by Adam Gwon. Despite the show’s long history and generally warm reception it received in New York, it may need more time before those accolades come in Columbus. The show premiered in 2009 at the Roundabout Theatre in New York to mostly positive […]

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