Staff Pick: "The Great One"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This was a move that rocked the hockey world — seeing the Canada-born Gretzky leave was heartbreaking for Canucks, but skyrocketed hockey’s popularity in the states. Obviously, Oilers fans were most affected, so “The Great One” centers on a group of fans dealing with the aftermath of The Trade in a fictional, past-its-prime hockey bar in Edmonton. Each character has personal issues, and Gretzky’s trade has only added more despondency, but “The Great One” maintains a light-hearted and humorous tone.

Music and lyrics for “The Great One” are by James Higgins with the book written by JJ Tiemeyer and Scott Hunt, who also directs. Hunt, an Ohio native and longtime Blue Jackets fan now living in New York City, knows all too well how pervasive fandom can be — “Sports are universal. Sports unite. Sports divide. Sports lift spirits. Sports crush hopes. Sports greatly contribute to a feeling of shared identity amongst its fans and beyond,” Hunt said in the press release. In “The Great One,” Hunt and Tiemeyer have crafted a show for hockey and theatre fans alike.

The Garden Theatre

1187 N. High St., Short North

Through Sunday, Jan. 25

shortnorthstage.org