GCAC Presents: The Actors’ Theatre Proves the Play’s the Thing
By Carol Mullinax
The Columbus Underground
September 5, 2013

“All the world’s a stage.” Shakespeare penned it more than six centuries ago and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC) has been proving it for more than 30 years with live, open-air productions in historic German Village.

Every summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Thursday through Sunday evenings, families and friends gather in Schiller Park for picnics, impromptu or elaborate, before settling down with lawn chairs and blankets to see plays that have enthralled audiences through the centuries.

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Theatre Review: ‘Beaux Stratagem’: Rarely revived classic a crowd-pleaser
By Michael Grossberg
The Columbus Dispatch
August 1, 2013

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Photo: Dale Bush

Love, greed and the devious pursuit of happiness prove reliable foundations of farcical humor in The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus does a nice job with George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy, which opened Thursday night to a smaller opening-night audience in Schiller Park than usual.

The size of the crowd likely wasn’t because of the weather, although a few raindrops threatened to fall. Perhaps it’s because this early-18th-century British work isn’t as well known as the Shakespearean works or romantic swashbucklers that the troupe favors.

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Theatre Review: ‘Twelfth Night’: Shakespeare transported to ’80s in Schiller Park
By Margaret Quamme
The Columbus Dispatch
June 27, 2013

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Actors’ Theatre’s fizzy, irresistible take on Twelfth Night transports the Shakespearean comedy to the 1980s to goofy comic effect.

The play revolves around mistaken identity and multiple cases of love — or lust — at first sight. Viola (a feisty and charming Kayla Jackmon), believes that her twin brother Sebastian (Cornelius Hubbard Jr.) has died in the shipwreck that has landed them both in a new country. Disguising herself as a young man, she renames herself Cesario, and takes a position as servant to Duke Orsino (Andrew Blasenak).

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Actors’ Theatre revisits ‘King Arthur and the Sword of Britain’
By Michael Grossberg
The Columbus Dispatch
May 23, 2013

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“The stirring stories of the king and knights of early Britain inspired playwright Philip J. Hickman and Actors’ Theatre to examine their quests.

Actors’ Theatre will launch its 31st Schiller Park season tonight with the world premiere of Hickman’s King Arthur and the Sword of Britain.  “It’s an exuberant fairy tale — adventurous, romantic and a little fantastical,” Hickman said. ”

“Reading the early Welsh stories about King Arthur brought me back to my childhood of going on quests and fighting supernatural creatures,” he said. “They are so delightful that it was hard to resist trying to put it onstage.”

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Date Night: Actors’ Theatre at Schiller Park
By Amanda Pierce 
Crave Magazine
Summer 2013 Edition

Good food, live theater and a warm summer evening. Sound like the perfect combo? Then grab a blanket and join the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus at Schiller Park for their always-popular summer theater season.

The premiere of “King Arthur and the Sword of Britain,” written by local playwright Philip J. Hickman, kicks off the season. The comedic re-telling of the Camelot story follows the adventures of Merlin and young Arthur and runs through mid-June. The playful Shakespeare classic “Twelfth Night” runs late June through late July.

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