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The Top 10 Theatrical Groups of 2019

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Theatrical Groups of 2019

Live theatre is a alive and well in Columbus in 2019, with plenty of musicals, plays and other stage productions all over the city. Local performers provide unique experiences for those seeking theatrical entertainment, and we like to honor some of those groups with our annual Best Of Columbus poll. This year, our readers and […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

John Badham and Robert Stigwood’s 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever is remembered largely for its soundtrack and a few indelible pop culture images, but it’s always been a darker, more complicated story of Brooklyn strivers terrified of being left behind and the community and catharsis found in a dance club. Short North Stage continues […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Gallery Players closes 2019 with a frenzied, funny ride through the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics), directed by Tim Browning.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Jay Rittberger) on a tip from family […]

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Lincoln Theatre to Launch Club Lincoln

 Taijuan Moorman Lincoln Theatre to Launch Club Lincoln

The Lincoln Theatre’s second-floor ballroom, originally known as the Ogden Club and a historically significant space for Columbus’ African American and jazz communities, will reopen as Club Lincoln in 2020. The performance space will offer an intimate experience that will accommodate 150-250 patrons in a variety of venue styles, including theatre-style, performance in the round […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

CATCO leans into its core strengths with an invigorating production of Samm-Art Williams’ mythopoetic 1980 Tony nominee Home directed by David S. Harewood. Home traces the journey of Cephus (Rico Romalus Parker) through a vibrant abstraction of the mid-20th century black experience (including the Great Migration and Vietnam), watching his friends die and society turn […]

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Drag Meets Opera for Nina West Debut at Southern Theatre

 Taijuan Moorman Drag Meets Opera for Nina West Debut at Southern Theatre

A brand-new show featuring both drag and opera will host drag queen, actor, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 alum Nina West. While there are still very little details on the performance, it’s to be assumed West will demonstrate her singing chops. Her third studio album, “The West Christmas Ever” was released on Nov. 8. […]

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Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Ad Hoc Theatre Company formed under the mission statement “to support Planned Parenthood by creating beautiful art about powerful women.” They lean into that mission with a vibrant, challenging take on Arthur Kopit’s 1965 absurdist comedy Chamber Music, directed by Jeb Bigelow. Bigelow has assembled one of the strongest casts I’ve ever seen in a […]

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