Appearing acts

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A new year means a new round of productions from Columbus theater companies. Here's what you can see on local stages in the next month.

"The Internationalist"

When: Jan. 8-17

Where: Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre, Downtown


Directed by founder Matt Slaybaugh, Available Light Theatre's production of Anne Washburn's The Internationalist follows a businessman, Lowell, as he travels to an unnamed European location and meets up with a colleague. From there he gets involved in a conspiracy and finds himself at odds with the law, all while suffering from severe jet lag, in this comedic mystery filled with perplexing turns, fictional dialects and sly sexual humor.

"The Fantasticks!"

When: Jan. 15-31

Where: Areopagitica Books, Clintonville


Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's The Fantasticks! - a musical that ran for more than 40 years off-Broadway - is the debut production from the newly formed Columbus Civic Theater. It portrays a young boy and girl whose fathers create a mock feud in order to make them fall in love, because children never listen to their parents.


When: Jan. 14-24

Where: Columbus Performing Arts Center, Downtown


Directed by Jimmy Bohr, Evolution Theatre Company's production of Byron Lavery's Frozen examines the disappearance of a 10-year-old English girl who left for her grandmother's house but never arrived. While the girl's mother becomes frozen in a state of hope for many years, waiting to learn her daughter's fate, the audience discovers the truth when it meets the girl's killer, who becomes the subject of a study by an American psychologist about whether murder is a forgivable act.

"Almost, Maine"

When: Feb. 4-22

Where: Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre, Downtown


CATCO's production of John Cariani's Almost, Maine depicts the residents of the titular town falling in and out of love in humorous and sometimes painful ways, all on a cold winter's night, with the northern lights twinkling in the sky above.

"An Absolute Turkey"

When: Feb. 5-8 & Feb. 12-14

Where: Cowan Hall, Westerville


Otterbein College's theater department will perform Georges Feydeau's complex classic, An Absolute Turkey (Le Dindon, translated by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall), about a nefarious husband who lusts after his best friend's wife. This witty farce culminates in a climactic scene in a shady hotel, where the couples have all booked the same room, resulting in a little bedtime pandemonium.