Kiss of the Spider Woman (November 3-20, 2016)

"Short North Stage delivers another triumph with its lavish production… (Scott) Hunt’s Molina is one of the most devastating portraits of a person trying to live in the world on close to his terms I’ve ever seen with a vibrato that rips hearts right out of rib cages. With Kiss of the Spider Woman, a rarely performed musical is given a production that’s impossible to look away from. This production shows us all, again, what Short North Stage does better than anyone else in town”

— Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

“Director Michael Licata weaves passion, suspense, humor and poignancy into a web of theatricality reinforced by Edward Carignan’s flamboyant choreography. Kudos to the terrific 14-member ensemble and six-member orchestra… The singing is beautiful… Eli Brickey soared as Aurora, a 1940s movie queen whose lurid roles include the Spider Woman. From her retro-Hollywood dancing to her aerial ballets on silks and trapeze, Brickey is the diamond in the show’s crown.”

— Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

"While the show features big, Broadway dance numbers, its ending feels real, raw and gut wrenching. A show like “Kiss of the Spider Woman“ only comes around so often, so make sure you catch it”

— Paul Batterson, Broadway World

Fences (September 8-25, 2016)

“Short North Stage continues the yearlong August Wilson Festival with a poignant production of one of the playwright's greatest efforts.“Fences,” which opened Friday at the Garden Theater, explores the impact of racial discrimination and poverty on a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh-based director Mark Clayton Southers guides the seven-member ensemble to a performance with convincing nuance and depth.”

— Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

“A handsome, finely-wrought take on this classic… (Mark Clayton) Southers direction is just about perfect. The huge, gorgeous set designed by Edward Carignan is a backdrop that perfectly sets the gritty reality of the Pittsburgh we knew but with a mythic, larger than life sense… This is one of the great plays done very, very well. No one with an interest in theatre, modern art, or culture should miss this landmark event.”

— Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

“Short North Stage took a big cut with its presentation of FENCES and knocked it out of the park. A multilayered performance by its seven-member cast brought together Wilson's poignant words and entranced the audience for a two-act, two and a half hour production.”

— Paul Batterson, Broadway World

The Fantasticks (July 21- August 14, 2016)

“A remarkable production, gorgeously sung, that does justice to every laugh and tear. People not familiar with the show will come out understanding why this has been a perennial audience favorite for decades.”

— Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

“The intimate Short North Stage production, which opened Friday in the Garden Theater’s Green Room, brings out the sweet and playful dimensions of the fable about two neighboring fathers who pretend to feud, hoping that reverse psychology will make their children fall in love… In the well-designed and beautifully lit arena-style production, though, the “wall” becomes an oil derrick at the center of a Dust Bowl oasis.”

— Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (June 2-19, 2016)

One of the key pieces in the Short North Stage's celebration of (August)Wilson's work, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is brilliantly acted and wonderfully directed… In introducing the play, Short North Stage board president Peter Yockel called August Wilson one of the best American playwrights. The way the Short North Stage staged Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom only enhanced that belief”

— Paul Batterson, Broadway World

“A dynamic addition to this year’s ongoing August Wilson Festival”

— Margaret Quamme, Columbus Dispatch

“A near-perfect production directed by Mark Clayton Southers…It’s unlikely you’ll see a better production of this masterful play or any play. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the cultural events of the year and required viewing for anyone who wants to be moved and stunned.”

— Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

The Last Five Years (May 5-22, 2016)

“From the heart-rendering opening notes of "Still Hurting," to the show's finale "I Could Never Rescue You," Melissa Hall and Jarred Biron Green captivate the audience… Director Nick Lingnofski put together a show that shines because it is both simple and complex… The Last Five Years is a lot like that first deep romance one experiences: bittersweet and powerful.”

— Paul Batterson, Broadway World

“The Last Five Years is full of luminous heartbreak…the right combination of tough-minded and glittery to send the audience out into the night singing through their tears…It’s a sexy, intoxicating night at the theatre that never panders but earns every gasp, every giggle, every teardrop.”

— Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

The Full Monty (March 31-April 24, 2016)

“The Full Monty” emphasizes warmth, wit of winning characters …reinforces how a big heart and a performing passion outweigh doubts and win audiences. So does the endearing Short North Stage production of the Broadway musical, which opened Friday at the Garden Theater.”

- Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

“This play really packs a lot on the set. Short North Stage is clearly growing, and with a turntable on stage, they are able to create so many different backgrounds and setups for The Fully Monty. It is truly impressive…In the final dance number, “Let it Go,” the group of six guys all come together as Hot Metal and do pull off the show, and yeah, they definitely go there. So why not get yourself a front row seat, because you only live once, you may as well see it all.”

- Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

Die, Mommie, Die (February 4- 21, 2016)

“In bringing to lurid life a melodrama about an over-the-hill actress-singer and her twisted family/romantic relationships in the 1960s, the supporting ensemble delivers its fair share of laughs, double entendres and frozen reactions evoking B-movie close-ups… Doug Joseph has the gender-fluid muscle to extract the juice from the overripe role of faded star Angela Arden.”

- Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

“Directed by Edward Carignan, the production boasts all sorts of strengths, starting with its cast. Doug Joseph proves once again that he’s the master (mistress?) at this kind of cross-dressing role… One reason this all plays so well is that it unfolds in the Garden Theater’s intimate Green Room, which allows viewers to catch the actors’ every glance, leer and frown. But of course, that’s an advantage only because nearly every glance, leer and frown is delivered so flawlessly.”

- Richard Ades, Columbus Theatre

KRAMPUS: A YULETIDE TALE (December 10-20, 2015)

“The Short North Stage world premiere of the lilting musical is charming and touching, with just enough humor to lighten its darkness”

- Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

“Krampus is a bracingly original journey... an instant classic”

- Richard Ades, Columbus Theatre

“Krampus: A Yuletide Tale surprised and delighted me... left me smiling, almost giddy, as I headed back out into the night”

- Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - OCT 15 - NOV 1, 2015

“Simply superb...The musical-savvy troupe rises to a new level of bliss with A Little Night Music…From the textured acting and plangent singing to the lovely staging and ruefully romantic designing, the lavish production seems to shed new light on the eternal themes of love, loss, infatuation and illusion…Truly satisfying -- and worth remembering.”

- Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch

“A sumptuous, nearly-perfect production… For mainstream, big-stage musicals, it doesn’t get better than this. A perfect symbiosis of classic material in assured hands”

- Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground

“A transcendent experience… a bittersweet reverie on love and regret.. director Michael Licata and his cast bring out every knowing chuckle and every tender, aching moment.. With A Little Night Music, Short North Stage proves once again that it understands Sondheim. The show is tender, wise, witty and - for devoted fans of the composer/lyricist - completely unmissable”

- Richard Ades, Columbus Theatre

A CHORUS LINE—APRIL 9-26, 2015

A Chorus Line is thrilling in its seamless blend of song and stagecraft… Short North Stage’s commitment to staging a great musical comes as no surprise. A Chorus Line is one of its best”

-Columbus Dispatch

“One of the most moving, exhilarating shows on a stage right now… This production proves the show still has the teeth it needs to draw blood”

-Columbus Underground

“I had my reservations about seeing one of my favorite musicals on a smaller stage. Would the Short North Stage in Columbus be able to do it justice? A simple answer: Yes. Absolutely”

-Columbus Outlook

“Nearly every person in the 24-member cast is hard to stop watching”

-BroadwayWorld

I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS - FEBRUARY 12-MARCH 1, 2015

“The ups and downs of the Hollywood celebrity game have rarely been as entertainingly charted as in I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers…The Short North Stage area premiere of the Broadway comedy is a dishy delight

- Columbus Dispatch

“There are big laughs and a lot of pleasures to be had in this production”

- Columbus Underground

“Colvin-Tener absolutely nails her performance"

- Columbus Alive

FUGITIVE SONGS—NOVEMBER 13-30 2014

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“With the raw beauty the Garden Theater provides, you feel as if you were casually walking along a street when out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of light shining through a slightly open door, a bit further down a quiet side street. Upon further investigation, you begin to hear the sounds of a perfectly harmonized group and upon entering you find you have stumbled upon something amazing – a special performance happening just for you. This is what it feels like to experience Fugitive Songs… 

Tysen and his co-director Carrie Gilchrist have created a very special show. The casting could not have been better. All six actors are so in tune with one another and with the band, that any time the entire company is on stage, you experience musical perfection. During several of the songs I found myself thinking, wow I could listen to this for days. DAYS!...

It is real. It is raw. It is highly emotional while funny at the same time. It is exciting that this is the kind of theater happening in our city. It’s wonderful!

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“The songs make the show in Fugitive Songs. Actually, 19 terrific songs of pop, folk, jazz and gospel create the story and the show in the central Ohio premiere of the off-Broadway hit... Short North Stage seem prescient in introducing the Columbus area to the talented team of composer Chris Miller and lyricist Nathan Tysen, who are headed for Broadway with a stage version of Tuck Everlasting... Miller and Tysen capture the spirit of restless young adulthood in their hopeful, self-reflective lyrics and melodies…The video-enhanced production is buoyed by the innovative staging, which puts the audience on the main stage - on three sides of the cast and the top-notch band... The men dazzled with songs of hope, doubt and desire and were matched by the women with wistful or humorous numbers...  With its gorgeous tunes and self-confessional themes that spotlight the struggles and foibles of young adults, Fugitive Songs follows in the footsteps of Rent. Yet the truly impressive element of the more modest Fugitive Songs is found in how well it withstands the comparison”

BROADWAY WORLD

“What makes Fugitive Songs work is the beautiful marriage of well-crafted songs and the harmonious vocals of actors Angela Miller, JJ Parkey, Dionysia Williams, Ezekiel Andrew, Melissa Hall and Viktor Nilsson who bring the material to life.

The decision to have the audience seated up on the stage with the band and the performers just a few feet away gives the show a very intimate feel, like strangers are sharing their deepest desires with you. The onlookers may not have experienced each scenario but they will be able to relate to the characters' struggles and frustrations to get going somewhere.

Not all of the characters' journeys end over the border in Happily Ever After land but they are all richer for the journey. I believe the audience will leave the show feeling the same way.

​SUNSET BOULEVARD - OCTOBER 2014

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Superb singing and poignant acting draw out the passion and pathos of the first Columbus mounting of Sunset Boulevard, one of the most underestimated Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals… The stars, Gina Handy and Chris Shea, earn their “close-ups” in the absorbing production... Handy gave Norma star power and a touching vulnerability… Backed by a top-notch 10-member orchestra led by P. Tim Valentine, she uses her rich voice to deliver creamy dividends on With One Look, Surrender and other haunting melodies… Shea largely holds his own as Joe, feeling both compassion and ambivalence for Norma in the midst of his financial desperation… Christopher Moore Griffin couldn’t be better as Max, a gruff butler hiding his own secrets.”

BROADWAYWORLD.COM

Sunset Boulevard casts a beautiful shadow over Short North Stage's season opener… The theater group pulls out all the stops as far as color schemes and movie clips go but it is rock solid performances of stars Gina Handy and Chris Shea that brings the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to life… Mix all the ingredients and you have another Short North Stage production that is teaching Columbus audiences "new ways to dream."

COLUMBUS OUTLOOK

"Sunset Boulevard is thoughtful and professionally-executed production that is sure to have audiences mesmerized, right down to the tragic story’s dramatic final moment"

COLUMBUS ALIVE

In staging Central Ohio’s first production of “Sunset Boulevard,” Short North Stage has transcended the material with some star-making performances… There is nothing the least bit faded about the glamour projected by SNS’s Norma Desmond, Gina Handy. She won’t expel memories of Swanson, but she makes about as good a case for Lloyd Webber’s music as possible with “The Perfect Year” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.”

Taking the William Holden part of jaded and opportunistic screenwriter Joe Gillis, Chris Shea bounces between cynical indifference with Desmond and budding romance with Cassie Rae’s Betty Schaefer. Rae and Shea do more than rhyme with “Too Much in Love to Care.”

The deep and sonorous voice of Christopher Moore Griffin gets repeated workouts as he plays Desmond’s former director, first husband, loyal butler, biggest fan and chief enabler Max von Mayerling.

It’s an open debate whether Lloyd Webber and his playwrights and lyricists Don Black and Christopher Hampton improved upon Wilder’s original. Beyond debate, though, is that Short North Stage’s “Sunset Boulevard” makes for schlock of the highest order.

​MURDER BALLAD - AUGUST 2014

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

Murder Ballad sizzles on stage!

BROADWAYWORLD.COM

Only a handful of people will get to see the Midwest debut of this show. Make sure you are one of them.

COLUMBUS OUTLOOK

Subtle brilliance…an explosive experience.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Electric intimacy… draws out the melodrama and operatic passions of the off-Broadway show.

RICHARD ADES, COLUMBUS THEATER

Bravo to Short North Stage for bringing this still-fresh slice of the Big Apple to Columbus.

​THE DIVINE SISTER - MAY/JUNE 2014

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Wickedly mirthful...

COLUMBUS ALIVE

A wildly campy and over-the-top affair best described as pure fun…the six-person cast takes the madcap tale of Mother Superior (Doug Joseph) and the shenanigans of her cohorts, and blasts it into the wackosphere.”

THE WHO’S TOMMY—APRIL 2014

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Tommy — can you hear it? Indeed you can, in the brilliant Short North Stage rendition of the iconic rock musical about a boy’s journey to self-awareness…this surprisingly intimate production finds rich levels of subtlety, emotion and character amid The Who’s propulsive rock songs.

You can see it and feel it, too, in director Edward Carignan’s evocative melding of movement, music, story, design and video projections. His costume designs prove stunning — a cascading rainbow against Rob Kuhn’s all-white scenic design. Above all, Carignan anchors a freewheeling rock opera with vague themes of liberation in the particulars of working-class British attitudes and accents from the 1940s through the early 1960s.

JJ Parkey individuates the blank-white slate of the title character through the power of his voice and iconic stance. When Parkey, also the narrator of the childhood scenes, finally comes into his own as the adult Tommy, he’s a Sensation.

Tommy’s parents fade into the background in some productions but not here: David Bryant Johnson as Captain Walker and Emily Brockway as Mrs. Walker strike emotional chords as vivid as those in traditional operas.”

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“The Who’s Tommy Rocks Onto  Stage at the Garden Theater….Great classic rock music and a large company that’s very lively on stage. The somewhat dark, but exciting material makes it another feather in the cap for the expanding Short North Stage.”

BROADWAY WORLD

“I love Short North Stage…they embrace the eccentric, edgy flavor that makes the Short North remarkable, rather than conforming to traditional theater fare…"The Who's Tommy" gets it right- it is edgy, fierce, and at times, electric.

David Bryant Johnson's Captain Walker proved the most fascinating character to watch, layered with anger, guilt, remorse, and withdrawal, complemented by strong vocals and Emily Brockway's on-the-edge stoicism.”

RICHARD ADES

“As often happens during Short North Stage musicals, you can’t help sitting up and thinking, “Wow!” The Who’s Tommy helped to found the genre of the rock musical. In 2014, its audacity and musical sophistication still inspire awe… the scenes move along with such speed, precision and complexity that they feel like they’ve been choreographed rather than merely directed…Kendra Lynn Lucas stands out for making the most of her showy role as the drug-pushing Acid Queen. Another indelible impression is made by Tommy Batchelor (a former Billy Elliott on Broadway), who emerges from the ensemble to give an amazing balletic dance solo during the Act 2 Underture.”

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING—FEBRUARY 2014

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Anyone fond of musicals will find A Grand Night for Singing impossible to resist.”

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“Chicks and Ducks and Geese Won’t Be the Only Ones Who Scurry to the Short North Stage…I thoroughly enjoyed this musical.

BROADWAY WORLD

If you're sick of the drab, cold Ohio weather, sneak over and warm up in the Short North Stage's Garden Theater, where "It Might As Well Be Spring", and you'll be guaranteed "A Lovely Night" where you'll be humming "Something Wonderful" right on through the Central Ohio deep freeze…The incomparable Michael Brewer creates a set that appears like the best of the Home and Garden show on steroids, and utilizes the tiny stage space well, immersing its audience in a much-needed escape from the dreadful Ohio winter outside.”

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE—OCTOBER 2014

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Skillful and achingly beautiful…Art isn’t easy — especially that of Sondheim…Happily, the Short North Stage production (of Sunday in the Park with George), which opened yesterday at the Garden Theater, makes the delicate and difficult work seem easy — and look and sound terrific — thanks to a seamless fusion of area pros and Broadway talent.”

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“Sunday in the Park with George shows off a beautiful set and costumes, with actors just as grand…Matt Clemens returns to the Garden Theater in the title role of Georges. His thoughtful and longing gazes pierce through the entire theater, although his girlfriend Dot, played by Laura Griffith, feels he does not see her. Clemens and Griffith’s duets stir such emotion and their voices are a perfect harmony…

So many things came together so well for this play and it’s wonderful to witness. Don’t miss this chance to support the Short North Stage and the high caliber of plays they continue to bring to the Garden District.”

BROADWAY WORLD

“A visual masterpiece...

It was something of a perfect storm of talent that occurred inside the Short North Stage last night. Sarna Lapine, the niece of Tony-Award winning author/director James Lapine, is directing the Columbus premier of the Sondheim musical for which her uncle penned the book. She has combined forces with the 2013 Tony Award winning sound designer, Leon Rothenberg, Broadway veteran Laura Griffith (Dot), and local musical tour de force, Matt Clemens (George) to create a show that has so many "points of light" its artistic merit is as brilliant as its Chromolume counterpart.

Assuming roles previously held by Broadway icons, Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin is no small undertaking, but Clemens and Griffith do so with gusto. Laura Griffith is a visual match, but more impressively, her vocal chops due her predecessor justice as well, even with Sondheim's notoriously tongue-twisting lyrics. Clemens, who has performed locally with several theater companies, truly shines in the role of misunderstood postimpressionist painter, George Seurat, bringing a sensitivity and desperate isolation to his character that allows beautiful depth. While they both have stellar vocals skills, their harmonies on the classic, 'Move On' with take your breath away, thanks also, in part to gorgeous sound execution in an acoustically tough space.

Costumes by Terese Wadden are gorgeous representations of those seen in Seurat's famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte", (the likes of which our local topiary garden in the School for the Deaf's park is modeled after as well), while the set design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams is nothing short of a miniature art museum in and of itself. The full stage recreation of Seurat's famous work is literally brought to life before the audience's eyes in painstakingly created detail. Set pieces that transform from Seurat's studio, back and forth to the island, are divine.

Two years since its birth, the Short North Stage has truly hit its stride, and this show is an official proclamation of that. If this is the "state of the art" at the Short North Stage, the rest of its 2013-14 season will be a continuation of "Broadway caliber in your Backyard" that is single-handedly revitalizing the Short North theater scene.”

RICHARD ADES

“Like the painting on which the musical is based, Short North Stage’s latest production is nothing less than a masterpiece…(Matt) Clemens and (Laura) Griffith have the acting and vocal chops it takes to carry off the lead roles, but every cast member performs at the same high level. Local theater veteran (Linda Dorff) is particularly delightful as Seurat’s fearful mother.

COLUMBUS ALIVE

In late 20th century musical theatre, few moments resonate more gloriously than the Act One finale of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Glorious, too, describes the Short North Stage production of the 1983 musical, under the direction of Lapine’s niece Sarna Lapine, with musical direction by Nils-Petter Ankarblom.

Short North Stage has given Columbus a “Sunday in the Park with George” you might call picture perfect.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH—JUNE 2013

BROADWAY WORLD

"Hedwig and the Angry Itch" is ironically a balls-to-the-wall, rock musical with surprisingly emotional statements to be made on sexuality, gender, and acceptance… the desire to escape loneliness and become "whole" resonates clearly.

COLUMBUS OUTLOOK

“Hedwig” is a heartwarming show for the freak in all of us (“freak” being Hedwig’s word, not mine). Learning to appreciate weirdness and embracing what makes us different is the first step towards happiness. You can’t have the good without the bad, and sometimes you have to put up with a LOT of bad, but, to borrow a phrase from Dan Savage, it gets better. “

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“Hedwig’s ShoNo stop on her Rust Belt Tour opened this weekend at The Garden Theater to uproarious applause. JJ Parkey is perfection as Hedwig…. Parkey’s Hedwig is a remarkable mix of compassion, anger, confusion, beauty, love, honesty --all wrapped up in sequins and glitter, heels and blonde wigs… It’s not every day that a piece of theatre comes along with a venue so fitting and actors so perfect in their roles. Add in the fantastic music and deadpan humor, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch is something that will stick with you for some time.” –Anne Evans, Columbus Underground.

RICHARD ADES

Hedwig and the Angry Inch bolsters Short North Stage’s reputation as a purveyor of first-rate musical entertainment.”

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“JJ Parkey and Ruthie Stevens wowed the crowd.”

PASSING STRANGE—APRIL 2013

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The excellent Short North Stage regional premiere, which opened on Friday at the Garden Theater, draws out the playful fluidity and exuberant intensity of the 2008 Tony nominee for best musical and Tony winner for best book…Director Mark Clayton Southers weaves comedy, drama and music with the help of a top-notch cast and an immersive three-level scenic design that allows characters to move into the aisles and interact with the audience.”

RICHARD ADES

“The average (read: non-Green Day-worshipping) theatergoer is more likely to enjoy Passing Strange (than the touring American Idiot), especially given the wonderful production that Short North Stage and director Mark Clayton Southers have put together …It’s hard to imagine a more perfect cast….Humorous and uplifting, thoughtful and heartbreaking, Passing Strange is the kind of transcendent musical experience that comes along all too rarely in Columbus. If you miss it, you’ll regret it.”

ORDINARY DAYS—FEBRUARY 2013

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Smart and funny but also tender and wistful…Short North stage’s production…grounds the charm and humor in recognizable humanity…If you weren’t part of the audience reacting so positively, you might think Leslie Goddard’s scenes were dubbed with a TV-sitcom laugh track.”

BROADWAY WORLD

The Short North Stage may be small in size, but the talent in the theater for their latest musical is of gigantic proportions...The company of this show is one of the most consistently talented ensembles of any local show I've seen…The cast is truly amazing.”

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED—NOVEMBER 2012

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“Short North Stage has really stepped up their game in The Green Room with The Little Dog Laughed and you’d be amiss to miss it.”

RICHARD ADES

“Short North Stage specializes in musicals, but it’s also making its mark in the non-musical arena. Last Spring’s production of The Irish Curse was unexpectedly touching, and its current staging of The Little Dog Laughed is caustically funny…Both productions owe their success to three crucial ingredients: great direction, a great cast and a great space—the Garden Theater’s Green Room, which is intimate enough to allow every nuance to come through.”

CABARET—SEPTEMBER 2012

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“Short North Stage Once Again Lights Up the Garden Theater with Cabaret.”

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Weaves dark magic… kinkier and far more edgy interpretation of this Broadway classic than Columbus has seen before... the overall ensemble scores repeatedly.”

THE IRISH CURSE—MARCH 2012

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“A Bawdy delight…The Irish Curse nominally focuses on a small subject of great concern to guys, but the modest one-act sure delivers big laughs…A top-notch local cast.”

RICHARD ADES, THE OTHER PAPER

“Funny and unexpectedly touching…The production—thanks to director Matt Lenz, the New York import who helmed the comedy’s 2005 debut—finds the one-act’s emotional heart. Each cast member creates an indelible portrait of a man living in his own personal hell or purgatory. Actors are uniformly good.”

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES—FEBRUARY 2012

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND

“If you love music, you are in for a treat…filled with wonderful music, it also has lots of laughs.”

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Brimming with hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the charming little show marks the first major production by Short North Stage in the intimate, cabaret-style Green Room of the Garden Theater….Excellent cast…Strong harmonies.”

FOLLIES—SEPT 2011

COLUMBUS DISPATCH

“Short North Stage makes glorious Garden Theatre debut with Follies “For Stephen Sondheim fans, the first production by the hugely promising Short North Stage turns out to be even more delightful than expected. From its lovely singing to its impressive staging, this Follies is one to savor remember - that is, if you're lucky enough to snag tickets before it sells out.”