This post is written by Tim Simeone, Visitor Information Specialist for Experience Columbus. You can follow Tim on Twitter @Tim_Simeone.
Columbus is lucky to have a vibrant theater community. One theater company that makes it so vibrant is the Available Light Theatre Company. Founded six years ago, Available Light has catapulted itself among the best theaters in the city. Having just moved here from Chicago, I was anxious to see one of their productions. I was delighted to attend their most recent production, 33 Variations.
The play is about Beethoven’s obsession with Diabelli Variations and a terminally ill, present-day scholar who is equally obsessed with Beethoven’s intentions in writing the variations. The scholar's daughter relentlessly worries about her mother’s well-being.
The director, Eleni Papaleonardos, showcases raw human obsession, its timeless existence, and the gift which comes from it. She makes bold choices and organically grows wonderful moments.
The show is hilarious, touching, thoughtful, and fantastical. I left caring about every character and woke up thinking about them this morning.
This weekend if your last chance to catch 33 Variations:
Friday, Jan. 20 @ 8 p.m. + TALKBACK Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 @ 2 p.m.
If you don’t get a chance to catch this show, their next show, Sleeper, opens Feb. 16. They perform at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.
Make an evening out of it: Have dinner at Indian Oven, walk through Topiary Park before the show (across the street from the theater), and enjoy Available Light Theatre Company.