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Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Evolution Theatre Company continues their season with a strong, delicate world premiere of Kenneth Talbert’s Traveling directed by Dee Shepherd. Traveling focuses on the last days of acclaimed dancer and choreographer Winston Lambert (Mark Phillips Schwamberger). He takes what comfort he can in his much younger lover Tyler (Nick Hardin), as we see his comfort […]

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Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Much has been written and performed about the horrific Cerberus of American paranoia: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Roy Cohn. Perfect Arrangement, Topher Payne’s  sharp, funny, and biting look at the human cost of that trio’s “Lavender Scare” opened at Evolution on Thursday directed by Beth Kattelman. Perfect Arrangement focuses on long-term State Department […]

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Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi sparked protests upon its premiere in the late ‘90s. In Evolution Theatre Company’s (in association with CATCO) new production directed by Joe Bishara, the sweetness of the material, the empathy for its characters, and the play’s mostly successful extension of what A. E. Houseman called Milton’s mission “to justify God’s ways […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Local Actor David Vargo on Acting, Theater and Evolution Theatre Company

Mark Phillips Schwamberger Mark Phillips Schwamberger Columbus Makes Art Presents: Local Actor David Vargo on Acting, Theater and Evolution Theatre Company

Mark Phillips Schwamberger, Managing Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre Company, caught up with David Vargo, an actor appearing in the company’s upcoming productions of Corpus Christi this spring and in Traveling this fall. Mark: Tell us a little about your background and what drew you to a life in the theater? David: It all started […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

The regional premiere of Michael Aman’s Poz opened Thursday in a glowing production directed by Greg Smith at Evolution Theatre Company.  It’s a noble play, stuffed Dreiser-full with threads of legitimate societal complaint but also with a beating heart. The blood flowing through its veins is an understanding of exactly how real people react. So […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Leo Schwartz’s musical is a high-concept mash-up parody of and tribute to The Book of Mormon and the classic raunchy theatre epitomized by Ethel Merman. The production directed by Bryan Adam, opened last week at Evolution Theatre Company and runs a little long but is full of screwball set pieces rife with plucky charm and can-do spirit. […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Zanna Don’t Overflows With Fizzy Charm

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Zanna Don’t Overflows With Fizzy Charm

Evolution ends their 2015 season with a bang of color, light and irrepressible joy in their production of Tim Acito’s Zanna Don’t. Acito’s (with additional book and lyric contributions by Alexander Dinelaris) musical fairy tale, as it’s subtitled, got big, deserved laughs at Wednesday’s preview. A YA fantasia set ~20 years ago in a parallel universe where […]

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