Weekend Picks: Mean Girls, Beautiful Things, a Football Litmus Test and More

Columbus Monthly staff
"Mean Girls" is at the Ohio Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 27.

"Mean Girls," through Sunday, Oct. 27

We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: The “Mean Girls” musical is here, and it is sooo fetch. Ditch your sweatpants, don your best pink outfit—even if it’s not Wednesday—and head to the Ohio Theatre through Oct. 27. How much fun will you have? Trick question. The limit does not exist.

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, Noon, Saturday, Oct. 26

Although the vaunted matchup against Wisconsin lost some luster after the Badgers baffling defeat to Illinois last weekend, the game will still likely provide the best litmus test yet of exactly how good Ohio State is. Even with a blemish on Wisconsin’s record, dark horse Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor and a smothering defense have enough talent to force OSU to play a meaningful fourth quarter for the first time in a season where the Buckeyes’ average margin of victory stands at 42 points. The ’Shoe will be rocking early as they look to remain unbeaten and send the stinking Badgers home with another loss.

Tiny Beautiful Things,” Thursday, Oct. 24-Saturday, Nov. 9

“Tiny Beautiful Things,” produced by Available Light Theatre and opening Thursday for a three-week run at the Riffe Center’s Studio One, is a play that’s an adaptation of a book that sprang from an advice column that was turned into a podcast. If you didn’t follow that, know that the play, adapted by Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) from Cheryl Strayed’s book (she's also known for the mega-bestseller "Wild"), is said to be as intimate, honest, funny and uplifting as the “Dear Sugar” columns that started the whole thing.

be MOVED, Friday, Oct. 25-Friday, Nov. 1

This BalletMet mixed-rep performance at the Davidson Theatre features three unrelated short ballets, including a world premiere of "ECLIPTIC" by choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa. Program notes describe that ballet and the two others—"Red Angels" by Ulysses Dove and "CACTI"by Alex Ekman—as groundbreaking, athletic and quirky. The performances will be accompanied by electric violin and a string quartet.


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