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PAST SEASONS

2016 Season

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

MAY 31 – JUN 25, 2016

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BOOK AND LYRICS BY HOWARD ASHMAN
MUSIC BY ALAN MENKEN
BASED ON A FILM BY ROGER CORMAN
SCREENPLAY BY CHARLES GRIFFITH
DIRECTED BY DANIEL C. DENNIS

Just your typical comedy-horror-rock musical about a boy, a girl, and a carnivorous houseplant.

Poor, hapless Seymour only wants to impress the girl of his dreams. Perhaps cultivating a blood-thirsty plant will gain him the fame and fortune he needs? Just a few bodies later, and suddenly Seymour is standing in a flower shop on skid row battling a deadly threat to humanity’s very existence. Bring your green thumb and join us for this delightfully twisted cult-movie romp about love, murder, and the American Dream.

The Columbus Dispatch called our production Little Shop of Horrors “an impressive central Ohio debut,” said that it “delivers the goods— and the laughs,” and predicted (quite smartly, we think) that Tantrum would offer “more high quality entertainment to come.”

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TAMMY FAYE’S FINAL AUDITION

JUL 05 – JUL 16, 2016

A NEW PLAY BY MERRI BIECHLER
DIRECTED BY DENNIS LEE DELANEY

Reveal yourself.

Tammy Faye Bakker was the sweetheart of Christian television in the 1980s until fraud and sex scandals brought her world crashing down. In this fevered dream at the end of her life, Tammy Faye enlists the men she loved to help her get back on TV and tape one last media extravaganza. Merri Biechler’s new play wipes clean the mascara and tears to make known the naked truth, and ask: to whom, and for what, do we so desperately devote ourselves?

The Columbus Dispatch heralded Tammy Faye’s Final Audition as “touching, amusing, and ultimately inspiring,” said that it “packed a punch,” and it rained praise down upon our “superb two member cast.”

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BRIAN FRIEL’S AWARD-WINNING IRISH MASTERPIECE

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

JUL 26 – AUG 13, 2016

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DIRECTED BY SHEILA DANIELS

Can love set you free?

Journey to the heart of Ireland to experience the pulsating energy of a Celtic harvest festival, and remember for a moment a simple life filled with laughter and hope. In one of Ireland’s most beloved and powerful plays, five indomitable sisters dance through memories of family, tenderness, and heartbreak—as the world tumbles towards revolution.

The Columbus Dispatch praised our director saying she “made the play shine,” and that our choreographer created “elegantly simple” choreography especially in one “breathtaking” scene. We like to think so, and agree that it complemented the “dreamlike” set. Overall, the Dispatch thought it was an “exercise in nostalgia come tensely alive.”

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