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Stage offerings old, new run from brainy to zany

August 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 25--Intriguing new works will vie with more familiar fare to tempt theatergoers of all ages.

Highlights

Plays

--Available Light Theatre will launch its fall season with the area premiere of Bobrauschenbergamerica, Charles Mee's collage piece about the artist (Sept. 5-21, Riffe Center's Studio Two Theatre).

--One actor will play about 40 roles in CATCO's area premiere of the off-Broadway hit Fully Committed, Becky Mode's solo one-act about an out-of-work actor who fields desperate callers at the reservations line of a top Manhattan restaurant (Nov. 6-24, Studio Two Theatre).

--The New York theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service will explore art, free speech and censorship in Arguendo, a multimedia production about a 1991 Supreme Court case (Nov. 14-17, Wexner performance space).

--New Players Theater will launch its fall season by tackling Eugene O'Neill's searing family drama Long Day's Journey Into Night (Nov. 14-24, Columbus Performing Arts Center).

--Story-theater techniques and minimal props will be used to tell a tall tale in CATCO's Shipwrecked! An Entertainment -- The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself), Donald Margulies' breathless comic romp about a Victorian gentleman (Feb. 5-23, Studio Two Theatre).

--Gallery Players will present Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz's comedy-drama about an affluent Jewish family divided by politics and confronting difficult truths about the past (May 3-18, Jewish Community Center).

--Short North Stage will present the area premiere of The Divine Sister, Charles Busch's acclaimed off-Broadway comedy about nuns with secrets (May 19 to June 15, Garden Theater).

Musicals

--Shadowbox Live will tackle Monty Python-style humor with Spamalot, the Broadway musical that mangles the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (Sept. 1 to Nov. 17, Shadowbox).

--Short North Stage will present Sunday in the Park With George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 musical about a famous French postimpressionist painting and the process of artistic creation (Oct. 10-27, Garden Theater).

--An unstable nuclear-power plant figures into the Ohio State University Theater Department production of Zombie Prom, an off-Broadway musical comedy spoofing 1950s horror and teen movies by former central Ohioans John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe (Nov. 7-17, Drake Center's Thurber Theatre).

--They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they inspired Broadway's The Addams Family, reconceived for its Broadway in Columbus/CAPA national tour (April 8-13, Palace Theatre).

--Unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., find a way to make a buck in Otterbein University Theatre's The Full Monty, a Broadway musical adapted from the 1997 British film (April 24 to May 3, Cowan Hall).

--The Book of Mormon, the blockbuster Broadway musical by the creators of South Park and Avenue Q, tells an outrageous story about wayward Mormons in Africa (May 13-25, Ohio Theatre).

Children's theater

--Columbus Children's Theatre should appeal to all ages with Shrek: The Musical, adapted from the wisecracking DreamWorks animated film (Sept. 19-29, Lincoln Theatre).

--Madeline and the Bad Hat, a tour of an original one-act musical based on the beloved book about the adventures of a young Parisian girl, will be part of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts education series (Nov. 12, Lincoln Theatre).

--CATCO Is Kids will present The Cat in the Hat, an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story about a mischievous feline in a play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain (Jan. 17-26, Riffe Center's Studio One Theatre).

mgrossberg@dispatch.com

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