In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.
The beautiful thing about the Short North Stage's production of writer Tom Eyen's musical is each member of the show brings something unique and beautiful to the two-act, two-and-a-half hour show. The result is not a cacophony of voices but a soul-stirring mixture of harmony and that Columbus should not misBWW Reviews: Weathervane draws BLOOD with fall performance October 23, 2017
After its visit to Columbus on Sept. 22, WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY should come with a warning label: 'Husbands, wives, and significant others should not let their partners see Ryan Stiles, Jeff Davis, Greg Proops and Joel Murray alone.' Just ask Travis, who allowed his girlfriend Nicole to attend the Riffe Center show without him.BWW Review: CATCO Posts Powerful Performances of FUN HOME September 18, 2017
Amanda Wingfield, the centerpiece of Tennessee Williams' 1944 masterpiece, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, is much like the staple Southern hospitality, the lemon meringue pie. On the outside, she appears to be all sugar and whipped cream but the topping only provides a thin layer to cover a curt, tart filling.BWW Reviews: Edgy AVENUE Q finds its place on Newark's GPS July 31, 2017
Weathervane Playhouse managing artistic director Kevin Connell had a sense of trepidation leading up to the July 27 opening night for AVENUE Q. Written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, AVENUE Q is classified as 'Sesame Street for adults' and is the only show on the Newark theatre's summer calendar to come with a warning label about strong language and adult content. It also may be the only Weathervane production to rhyme the lines 'We'll be fine, thank you! See ya' with 'Hope you don't get gonorrhea.'BWW Reviews: Madcap COMEDY OF TENORS a comedic tour de farce July 17, 2017
There are two inherent dangers when presenting a sequel. The first is those who saw the earlier work will, undoubtedly, compare the current work to the former. The second is those who didn't see the previous piece might become lost when viewing the later work.BWW Review: Plan a trip to see Weathervane's SOUTH PACIFIC July 5, 2017
If you pull out the magnifying glass and really search the fine print, you will find listed CHILDREN OF EDEN, the opening production of the Weathervane Playhouse's summer season. The two-and-a half-hour, two-act musical opened June 1 and runs through June 10 at the Playhouse (100 Price Street in Newark).BWW Reviews: Short North Stage's SPAMALOT Captures Lunacy of Monty Python March 27, 2017
Prior to working in the Short North Stage's production of HAND TO GOD, Danny Turek had very little experience in the world of puppetry. After opening the show on Feb. 2, Turek and his alter ego 'Tyrone' appear to be inseparable.BWW Review: MAMMA MIA May Induce 70s Flashbacks December 27, 2016
As a diehard rock and roll fan of groups like the Rolling Stones and the Who, I have been harboring a deep, dark secret. The second album I bought growing up was ABBA's Gold. The quartet, which was Sweden's second largest export next to Volvo, had a knack for producing hum-worthy harmonies and catchy choruses that stick in your subconscious for months and months to come.BWW Review: CHRISTMAS IN COLUMBUS Tries to Raise the Cheer-o-Meter December 11, 2016
Ahhh, the joys of middle school: three years of bad skin, Mrs. Goldsmith's English class, bullies, popularity contests, and enough deep, emotional scars to fill therapists' offices for years to come. The Gallery Players production of 13: THE MUSICAL, the witty and at times painfully accurate depiction of that delightful time right before high school, is dead on the money.BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN November 7, 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.