Photo Coverage: First look at CATCO is Theatre's LIFE SUCKS.Photo Coverage: First look at CATCO is Theatre's LIFE SUCKS.
by Jerri Shafer - Mar 18, 2019

Life Sucks. by Aaron Posner and directed by Steven Anderson. A contemporary spin on Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in which a group of individuals explores life's most perplexing questions and ponders whether life really does suck. Imagine Woody Allen interpreting the Russian playwright in modern times and you will understand a fraction of the hysterical angst. Life Sucks. performs March 20 - April 7, 2019, in Studio One at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/life-sucks (more...)

BWW Reviews: Weathervane's GYPSY a Dark Fable with an Excellent CastBWW Reviews: Weathervane's GYPSY a Dark Fable with an Excellent Cast
by Paul Batterson - Dec 26, 2018

The secondary headline to the Weathervane Production's GYPSY reads 'A Musical Fable.' The two-act, two-hour performance about the rise of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee is more of a precautionary tale for stage mothers and child actresses everywhere. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Original Productions Theatre's HOW I GOT PLUTOPhoto Flash: First Look at Original Productions Theatre's HOW I GOT PLUTO
by Jerri Shafer - Sep 12, 2018

Forty years later, feeling shades of joy, frustration, love, regret, the class of 1970 comes together for a bittersweet high school reunion. Baby Boomers still in love, those yearning for love, those scarred by high school trauma, and those shouldering current crises form a sometimes uneasy bond in How I Got Pluto written and directed by Columbus native Dave Morgan. "Sometimes the best answer to life's slings and arrows is to just go get a good dog". This inaugural opening for Original Productions Theatre will be staged September 13 thru September 22nd at the Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017. Make reservations by calling 614-943-1776. (more...)

Original Productions Theatre Marks Inaugural Opening With HOW I GOT PLUTOOriginal Productions Theatre Marks Inaugural Opening With HOW I GOT PLUTO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

Forty years later, feeling shades of joy, frustration, love, regret, the class of 1970 comes together for a bittersweet high school reunion. Baby Boomers still in love, those yearning for love, those scarred by high school trauma, and those shouldering current crises form a sometimes uneasy bond in How I Got Pluto written and directed by Columbus native Dave Morgan. This inaugural opening for Original Productions Theatre will be staged September 13 - 22, 2018, at the Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017. (more...)

BWW Review: SNS Puts a Unique Stamp on Sondheim's ASSASSINSBWW Review: SNS Puts a Unique Stamp on Sondheim's ASSASSINS
by Paul Batterson - Jun 3, 2018

There's enormous pressure in reviewing the Short North Stage's most recent production, ASSASSINS. Imagine looking out onto the stage where John Wilkes Booth brandishes a pistol at the audience only a few feet away while the balladeer (Patrick Beasley) sings, 'Some say it was your voice had gone, some say it was the booze. Some say you killed a country, John, because of bad reviews' in the song 'The Ballad of Booth.' (more...)

BWW Review: HENRY FORD'S MODEL E - A Historical Drama With a Universal Message
by Nick Komjati - Apr 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 itself as the Ford family's most challenging project. (more...)

BWW Review: Audience Not Left Hanging in Short North Stage's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
by Paul Batterson - Nov 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. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's LOCAL PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL in Association with CATCO is Theatre!
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 1, 2016

Four Shorts by local playwrights all with a 'LGBTQQIA in Politics' theme: (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Gallery Players' GUYS AND DOLLS
by Jerri Shafer - Feb 27, 2016

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score makes Guys And Dolls a crowd pleaser. (more...)

A Portable Theatre's EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Sets Dates
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Humor rather than sentiment is the aim of A Portable Theatre's special family-friendly holiday show this December.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at Actors' Theatre of Columbus' CAPTAIN BLOOD
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 12, 2015

Actors' Theatre of Columbus' season opens with the premiere of local playwright Vidas Barzdukas' Captain Blood. This story follows the adventures of Dr. Peter Blood who is convicted of treason for tending to the wounds of a nobleman during a rebellion against King James II in England and is sentenced to slavery on the island of Barbados. Once there, Blood finds love, escapes from slavery, and falls in with pirates, not knowing that his new career will take him back to the plantation and to the woman he left behind. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2015 JEBBY Awards
by Jerri Shafer - Mar 15, 2015

Local actor and theatre lover Jeb Bigelow hosted the biggest cast party in Columbus at the Bluestone on March 13, 2015. Check out an exclusive look at the red carpet and event below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Musical Version of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Worth the Wait
by Paul Batterson - Jul 28, 2014

Few moviegoers were thinking about the musical potential of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS when it was released as a movie in 1988. However, the movie producers were. (more...)

Jewish Community Center's Gallery Players Stage THE PRODUCERS, Now thru 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2014

The Jewish Community Center's Gallery Players are ready to bring audiences spectacle, over-the-top comedy, and breathlessly-paced music and dance. This March, the same team that staged the critically acclaimed Fiddler on the Roof will delight audiences with the multiple Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical, The Producers. (more...)

Jewish Community Center's Gallery Players to Stage THE PRODUCERS, 3/1-16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

The Jewish Community Center's Gallery Players are ready to bring audiences spectacle, over-the-top comedy, and breathlessly-paced music and dance. This March, the same team that staged the critically acclaimed Fiddler on the Roof will delight audiences with the multiple Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks musical, The Producers. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ian Short, Nick Lingnofski and More in ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2013

Red Herring Productions presents ASSASSINS, now running through November 9, 2013 at the Vern Riffe Center. Directed by John Dranschak, Musical Direction by Pam Welsh-Huggins, Sound Designed by Dave Wallingford, Lighting Designed by Jarod Wilson, Costumes Designed by Debbie Hamrick. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: ASSASSINS Hit Their Mark
by Paul Batterson - Nov 1, 2013

The Red Herring Productions' choice to stage Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS at the Riffe Center Studio One Theater couldn't have been more ironic. Less than a gunshot away from a stoic statue of William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz (played by Jay Rittberger) will assassinate McKinley for seven times between Oct. 31 and Nov. 9 and earn applause for it. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Players Theater Brings THE TAMING OF THE SHREW to Mill Run
by Lisa Norris - Jun 21, 2013

New Players Theater brought Shakespeare to life at the Mill Run Amphitheater with its summer series premiere of "The Taming of the Shrew" last night in a lovely outdoor space referred to as "the Island". (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Video Teaser of New Players' SCAPIN
by Stage Tube - Jul 12, 2012

Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell's SCAPIN, adapted from Molière and directed by Tim Browning is now playing at the New Players Theater through July 22. BroadwayWorld has a video teaser of the show below. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Players' SCAPIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell's SCAPIN, adapted from Molière and directed by Tim Browning is now playing at the New Players Theater through July 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below. (more...)