Columbus Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: HENRY FORD'S MODEL E - A Historical Drama With a Universal Message BWW Review: HENRY FORD'S MODEL E - A Historical Drama With a Universal Message
by Nick Komjati - April 24, 2017

The American industrialist Henry Ford is most frequently remembered for his Model T - an affordable automobile that redefined transportation for middle-class America. The Model T is synonymous with Ford and the success of his automobile empire. But in Herb Brown's new play, the "Model E" reveals its... (more...)
BWW Review: 2017 ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL - He's Back and Better Than Ever! BWW Review: 2017 ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL - He's Back and Better Than Ever!
by Christina Mancuso - March 07, 2017

The Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sports event in the world, returned to Columbus, Ohio March 2-5, celebrating fitness, sports, nutrition, and wellness for the 29th consecutive year. Co-produced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer since 1989, this event has a massive draw o... (more...)
BWW Review: You'll Wanna Feel the Heat of THE BODYGUARD at the Ohio Theatre BWW Review: You'll Wanna Feel the Heat of THE BODYGUARD at the Ohio Theatre
by Christina Mancuso - February 15, 2017

Love was in the air when a packed house celebrated Valentine's Day on opening night of THE BODYGUARD at the Ohio Theatre. Starting out with a bang (literally), Deborah Cox dominated the stage with her powerhouse voice and stunning presence as 'Rachel Marron', originally played by the late Whitney Ho... (more...)
BWW Review: Spectacular Sets and Special Effects Make THE LITTLE MERMAID Shine BWW Review: Spectacular Sets and Special Effects Make THE LITTLE MERMAID Shine
by Amanda Etchison - February 01, 2017

Glimmering coral reefs and a colorful cast of underwater creatures are brought to life in breathtaking detail in 'Disney's The Little Mermaid,' which opened in Columbus Tuesday night. Presented by Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, 'The Little Mermaid' is a stage adaptation of the 1989 animated Disney mo... (more...)
BWW Review: Comedy and Clues Combine in BASKERVILLE, CATCO's Captivating Caper BWW Review: Comedy and Clues Combine in BASKERVILLE, CATCO's Captivating Caper
by Amanda Etchison - January 30, 2017

Grab your deerstalker hat and get ready to put your Holmesian skills of deductive reasoning to the test at CATCO's "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery."... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA Slips Into New Shoes Full of Possibility at the Ohio Theatre BWW Review: CINDERELLA Slips Into New Shoes Full of Possibility at the Ohio Theatre
by Christina Mancuso - November 24, 2016

Once upon a time in 1957 there was a helpless young damsel who toiled tirelessly in rags while her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters forced her into a life of servitude. One day, however, her Prince Charming swept her off her feet and she lived happily ever after, all with the help of a... (more...)
BWW Review: HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K in Columbus, Ohio - A Sweet Race to Kick Off the Holiday Season BWW Review: HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K in Columbus, Ohio - A Sweet Race to Kick Off the Holiday Season
by Christina Mancuso - November 21, 2016

On a frigid, windy day with temps in the low 30s and winds gusting up to 40mph, nearly 12,000 runners and walkers gathered together at the Arena District in downtown Columbus to participate in 'America's Sweetest Race', The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which benefitted the Ronald McDonald House Charities.*... (more...)
BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
by Paul Batterson - November 07, 2016

Spiders and Broadway musicals don't always work well with each other. Witness the mixed fortunes of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE NIGHT. However, Short North Stage's epic production of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is one of the "can't miss" musicals in the Columbus' fall season.... (more...)
BWW Review: Literature and Law Combine in CATCO's Latest Production BWW Review: Literature and Law Combine in CATCO's Latest Production
by Amanda Etchison - November 06, 2016

Mere blocks from the highest court in Ohio, a richly appointed mock courtroom serves as the setting for 'Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,' the latest production performed by CATCO at Columbus' Vern Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: 2016 Nationwide Children's Hospital COLUMBUS MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON - Motivating Runners With 'Children's Champions' BWW Review: 2016 Nationwide Children's Hospital COLUMBUS MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON - Motivating Runners With 'Children's Champions'
by Christina Mancuso - October 17, 2016

Now in its fifth year of partnership, Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon have teamed up to raise more than $4.5 million for the Hospital, making this run more than just an individual personal feat. The true 'champions' are the 24 patients who continue to run thei... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Provides Fresh Look to Iconic Television Show BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Provides Fresh Look to Iconic Television Show
by Paul Batterson - September 26, 2016

It can be a monstrous challenge to produce a musical based on an iconic television show. Most of the audience comes in with its own set of preconceived expectations of what certain characters should sound, dress and look like.... (more...)
BWW Review: 2016 Columbus RUN LIKE A GIRL Half Marathon, 10K and 5K - Celebrating Strength in All Women BWW Review: 2016 Columbus RUN LIKE A GIRL Half Marathon, 10K and 5K - Celebrating Strength in All Women
by Christina Mancuso - September 12, 2016

In 2014, Always launched a poignant and groundbreaking #LikeAGirl campaign, which went viral on its debut, landed a spot during the 2015 Super Bowl, and won the 2015 Emmy for outstanding commercial. The theme tackled generational issues about running, throwing, or fighting 'like a girl,' asking, 'Wh... (more...)
BWW Review: CATCO Presents a Comedic, Candid Chat with God BWW Review: CATCO Presents a Comedic, Candid Chat with God
by Amanda Etchison - September 11, 2016

It's not every day you are invited to sit in the studio audience of a late-night talk show -- especially one hosted by the Supreme Being credited with creating heaven and earth. CATCO's 'An Act of God' brings the King of the Universe to a sparsely decorated set in the heart of Ohio for a tell-all se... (more...)
BWW Review: Short North Stage Swings for FENCES and Delivers BWW Review: Short North Stage Swings for FENCES and Delivers
by Paul Batterson - September 09, 2016

The Short North Stage production crews built another extraordinary set for its production of August Wilson's FENCES - a ramshackle brick house proudly kept by Troy (Mujahid Abdul-Rashid) and Rose Maxson (Rita Gregory) in somewhere, Middle America. But it was a simple prop, a cloth baseball suspended... (more...)
BWW Review: 7th Annual OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon - Beating the Heat to Celebrate a Lucky Year BWW Review: 7th Annual OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon - Beating the Heat to Celebrate a Lucky Year
by Christina Mancuso - August 29, 2016

Never have I felt safer participating in an athletic event than running this year's OhioHealth Emerald City Half Marathon.... (more...)
BWW Review: Something WICKED This Way Comes BWW Review: Something WICKED This Way Comes
by Paul Batterson - August 19, 2016

It's hard to imagine this but the musical WICKED is now a teenager. The Stephen Schwartz musical, based on the story of the Wizard of Oz as told from the Wicked Witch of the West's prospective, debuted on Broadway in 2003 and captured theatre goers' rapture and attention.... (more...)
BWW Review: Colors Fly in BalletMet's New BECOMING VIOLET Video Project BWW Review: Colors Fly in BalletMet's New BECOMING VIOLET Video Project
by Amanda Etchison - August 10, 2016

Although its 2016-17 season is not set to begin until September, some dancers from BalletMet are adding color to the summer with a new video project.... (more...)
BWW Review: RUN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP 4 Miler - A Steamy Race to Launch the U.S. Senior Open, Benefit Cancer Research and Celebrate Fitness BWW Review: RUN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP 4 Miler - A Steamy Race to Launch the U.S. Senior Open, Benefit Cancer Research and Celebrate Fitness
by Christina Mancuso - August 10, 2016

Severe weather loomed in Columbus, Ohio and threatened the start of the 'Run to the Championship' 4 miler, a new race presented by M3S Sports, which celebrated the kick-off to the U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club.  However, just in the nick of time, the skies cleared and the race went on as s... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre Contest a GIFT to Columbus BWW Review: Theatre Contest a GIFT to Columbus
by Paul Batterson - August 08, 2016

In two years, the Grace InFused Theatre Festival went from the drawing table to a full day event at the Columbus Performing Arts Center on Aug. 6. The festival, which promotes gospel-based productions, drew close to 100 people to a six-hour presentation that featured the world-premiere of STAINED GL... (more...)
BWW Review: Columbus Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Presented by UltraFit-USA - A Peaceful Run With Nature BWW Review: Columbus Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Presented by UltraFit-USA - A Peaceful Run With Nature
by Christina Mancuso - August 07, 2016

Over 1,000 runners and walkers laced up for Columbus' original and oldest Half Marathon presented by UltraFit-USA at the beautiful Three Creeks Metro Park in Groveport, Ohio, which also included a 10K and a 5K. Although Columbus residents have been battling extreme heat and humidity this summer, the... (more...)
BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE perfect capper for Weathervane's summer season BWW Review: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE perfect capper for Weathervane's summer season
by Paul Batterson - August 05, 2016

Behind every competition, no matter how noble or earnest its aims might be, are a group of ruthless, cut-throat competitors trying to win. THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is no different. Watching the six 'competitors' go after the county's coveted spelling trophy provides the perfect clo... (more...)
BWW Review: CCT's Summer Youth Conservatory's ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. - A Touching Story of Eternal Love in a Land Divided BWW Review: CCT's Summer Youth Conservatory's ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. - A Touching Story of Eternal Love in a Land Divided
by Christina Mancuso - July 27, 2016

Columbus Children's Theatre's (CCT) international award-winning Summer Youth Performance Conservatory presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR., directed by Ryan Scarlata, opening today, July 27 thru August 7 at the Park Street Theatre.  Featuring a talented troupe of 30 ranging from ages 10-15, these kids h... (more...)
BWW Review: Short North Stage Puts New Spin on Old Favorite, THE FANTASTICKS BWW Review: Short North Stage Puts New Spin on Old Favorite, THE FANTASTICKS
by Paul Batterson - July 22, 2016

In his Playbill notes for THE FANTASTICKS, Short North Stage director Jonathan Flom makes an unusual assumption of his audience. Flom writes: 'I think that the vast majority of avid theatergoers upwards of age 30 have some relationship with THE FANTASTICKS.'... (more...)
BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Columbus Children's Theatre Conveys a Bigger Message BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Columbus Children's Theatre Conveys a Bigger Message
by Hannah Herner - June 30, 2016

Stephen Soundheim's classic work, West Side Story has probably been performed thousands, if not a million times since it debuted on Broadway in 1957.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pro Football Hall of Fame GOLD JACKET 5K - Winning the Super Bowl Ring of Fitness BWW Review: Pro Football Hall of Fame GOLD JACKET 5K - Winning the Super Bowl Ring of Fitness
by Christina Mancuso - June 26, 2016

Dream about winning your own NFL Super Bowl Championship ring?  Well, that dream became a reality (sort of) for more than 200 runners and walkers who took to the streets of Gahanna, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K and earned their Super Bowl Championship ring in the form of a f... (more...)