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.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is famous for creating SEINFELD, a show about nothing. As a standup comedian, Seinfeld proved he can make just about anything funny. Performing before a packed Ohio Theatre crowd Feb. 27 in Columbus, Seinfeld proved his point during the opening 10-minute diatribe about what it probably took most of the audience to get tickets for the show.BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Anything But a Drag February 20, 2014
Having future in-laws meet can often be a pretty awkward experience, especially when the two sets of parents reside on opposite sides of the political fence. Few meetings could be more awkward than the ones in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a two-act musical being presented by Imagine Productions at Wall Street Nightclub in downtown Columbus.BWW Interviews: Becoming John Lennon a Real Challenge for McNeil February 17, 2014
The opening pages of Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT give a perfect description of a dismal January day in Columbus. CATCO is Kids production of THE CAT IN THE HAT at Studio One Theatre in the Vern Riffe Center might be the perfect cure for families suffering from cabin fever of the city's muck and mire season.BWW Interview: Otis Williams Keeps The Temptations' Name Alive January 16, 2014
The notoriously harsh London critics predicted a very short lifespan for WE WILL ROCK YOU, a musical centered on the rock band Queen's hits, when it opened May 14, 2002 at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End. The Guardian felt the production came across as 'ruthlessly packaged and manufactured,' with its plot finding 'more unlikely ways to wring out another Queen song' into the two and a half hour performance.BWW REVIEWS: Weathervane's Take on LES MISERABLES Delightfully Different December 30, 2013
The 3 IN 30: WHITE ELEPHANT showcase, which will be performed 10:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, at the MadLab Theatre, could easily be called the 'leftoverture.' The showcase, which features three 10 minute plays by area playwrights, presents works that just missed the cut of previous 3 in 30 productions.BWW Reviews: SPEED-THE-PLOW Gains Momentum and Refuses to Slow Down November 4, 2013
Rarely has a curtain call so nicely traced the arc of a play as Otterbein University's production of SPEED-THE-PLOW did last Friday at the Campus Center Theatre. At the conclusion of the three-act play, each one of the actors Tori Hidalgo (Karen), Sam Ray (Charlie Fox) and Sean Murphy (Bobby Gould) try to sit in the comfortable leather chair behind the boss' desk only to be shooed away by another.BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS Hit Their Mark November 1, 2013
When Otterbein University sophomore Tori Hidalgo signed on to do the David Mamet play, SPEED-THE-PLOW, she thought it was a great chance to play Karen, a naive secretary that becomes the object of a bet between Bobby Gould (played by senior Sean Murphy) and Charlie Fox (senior Sam Ray).BWW Reviews: Hancock and Company Provide a Vast Array of Jazz at New Albany October 10, 2013
Stan is not the type of person who goes to prison. With his conservative suits, ties and lifestyle, the tightly wound accountant is content to work his way to the top by doing the right thing in the dark comedy STATE OF CONTROL.