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Amanda Etchison

Amanda Etchison Amanda Etchison is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, where she pursued a double major in journalism and Chinese within the university Honors Program. Currently residing in Columbus, Ohio, Amanda is a freelance writer for CityScene Media Group's family of magazines and online publications. Amanda has previously contributed to The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona, and other national publications throughout the USA TODAY NETWORK. She has also served as Editor in Chief of The Lantern, the student-run daily news publication of Ohio State’s Columbus campus. A lover of music and theater, Amanda has played the French horn in a variety of pit orchestras and music ensembles throughout high school and college. When she is not writing, Amanda enjoys playing the piano, reading and trying out new nail art designs.


BWW Review: Tantrum Theater Stages Shakespeare with Boldness and Beauty
June 10, 2017

It might only be June, but Tantrum Theater channels the magic of midsummer into its production of a Shakespearean classic.  

BWW Review: CATCO's I DO! I DO! Links Life, Love and Laughter
June 6, 2017

Whether art imitates life or vice versa differs depending on who you ask, but CATCO's production of 'I Do! I Do!' makes a strong case for both interpretations of this age-old adage.

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Impresses with Insect-Inspired OVO
May 18, 2017

Entomology is not usually associated with elegance, but Cirque du Soleil's immersive and insect-inspired touring production, 'OVO', brings breathtaking beauty to the world of bugs.

BWW Preview: CATCO is Kids and Columbus School for Girls Partner to Present ANNE OF GREEN GABLES May 5-14
April 30, 2017

For the first time ever, CATCO is Kids is joining forces with the Columbus School for Girls to present 'Anne of Green Gables', a musical that celebrates the importance of imagination.

BWW Review: BalletMet's ROMEO AND JULIET Captures Emotion through Dance, Music
April 29, 2017

Set on a stage draped with rich burgundy fabrics and bathed in the burnt orange glow of an Italian sunset, BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang's 'Romeo and Juliet' closed out the Columbus-based company's 2016-17 season with an inspiring interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers.

BWW Review: Ohio State's HEATHERS a Fun Show with a Frightening Message
April 16, 2017

For many, the thought of returning to high school is a horror movie plot, but the Ohio State University Department of Theatre's production of 'Heathers: The Musical' shows just how terrifying teenage years can get.

BWW Review: The Ohio State Department of Theatre Explores FORBIDDEN ZONES in New Devised Play
March 31, 2017

A new production presented by the Ohio State University Department of Theatre shows how history often extends past the printed pages of a textbook. 'Forbidden Zones: The Great War' is an original project that stitches together stories inspired by a variety of primary sources to create a 90-minute play that explores the indelible impact and lasting legacy of World War I.

BWW Review: Touring Production of CABARET Illuminates the Ohio Theatre
March 30, 2017

From a stage framed by rows of light bulbs, CABARET gives Columbus audiences an unforgettable "Willkommen" with a show that highlights the talents of a multi-skilled cast. Roundabout Theatre Company's touring production is set to be performed at the Ohio Theatre through April 2.

BWW Preview: BalletMet Announces 2017-18 Season Filled with Collaborations, World and Company Premieres
March 23, 2017

BalletMet's 40th anniversary season will take audiences from the company's intimate performance space to the glittering land of Oz. The Columbus-based ballet company, which was founded in 1978, recently announced its 2017-18 season on its website.

BWW Preview: 33rd Season Announced for CATCO and CATCO is Kids
March 21, 2017

From musical numbers to American Sign Language, CATCO's 2017-18 season will bring alternative modes of storytelling to the stage. The Columbus-based theater company announced its complete 33rd season via press release on Monday.

March 9, 2017

"The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth," which will be performed at the Southern Theatre on March 12, is the first live-action graphic novel in a trilogy of stage shows, comic books and audio dramas.

BWW Review: OTL's Lively and Laugh-filled THE ADDAMS FAMILY More Kooky than Spooky
February 28, 2017

The months of February and March are normally associated with hearts and shamrocks, not gravestones and ghouls. That is, unless you're a member of the Addams family.

BWW Review: CATCO's SEX WITH STRANGERS Tantalizes with Title but Drags in Dialogue
February 20, 2017

"Sex with Strangers" attempts to address the intriguing issue of perception versus reality against a backdrop of Internet anonymity and viral celebrity. The concept is interesting, fresh and thoughtful, but the overly loquacious script extinguishes the play's fiery and passionate potential.

CATCO and CATCO is Kids Announce First Shows of 2017-18 Season
February 14, 2017

CATCO announced Monday that it will perform 'Fun Home,' a musical based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel that explores themes of family, youth, sexuality and honesty. CATCO is Kids' 2017-18 season will open with 'Shakespeare and Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.'

BWW Review: BalletMet Shoots for the Stars in Fast-Flying Fantasy PETER PAN
February 11, 2017

Who says grown-ups can't play make-believe? BalletMet's Columbus premiere of Michael Pink's "Peter Pan" shows that adventure has no age limit -- all you need is a little faith, trust, and, of course, pixie dust.

BWW Review: OSU's 7 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU a Short, Simple and Sweet Treat for Valentine's Day
February 10, 2017

Watching the Ohio State Department of Theatre's '7 Ways to Say I Love You' is, in many ways, similar to sorting through a box of valentines. The show, written by Adam Szymkowicz, comprises seven short stories dealing with the elusive concept of love.

BWW Review: Spectacular Sets and Special Effects Make THE LITTLE MERMAID Shine
February 1, 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 movie that was, in turn, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale.

BWW Review: Comedy and Clues Combine in BASKERVILLE, CATCO's Captivating Caper
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."

CATCO Announces Appointment of New Apprentices
December 5, 2016

Five new faces are joining the CATCO family for the 2016-17 season. The Columbus-based professional Equity theater company announced via press release the appointment of five new apprentices, many of whom hail from Ohio universities.

BWW Preview: CATCO Spreads the Spirit of Giving with Holiday Drives at A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 5, 2016

'Tis the season to share holiday joy, which is exactly what the cast and crew of CATCO's latest production aim to do at their upcoming shows.