The 10 plays we're most looking forward to checking out this season.

"Stop Sign [Language]"

Sept. 16-25

MadLab Theatre, Downtown

Eleni Papaleonardos crafted her one-woman show for Available Light Theatre from a lifetime of living and coping with dyslexia.

CAPA's "Topdog/Underdog"

Sept. 23-24

King Arts Complex, King-Lincoln

Athlete and restaurateur Eddie George plays one of two brothers in Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a darkly ironic take on the American Dream.

"The Last Smoker in America"

Sept. 29-Oct. 24

Riffe Center, Downtown

When smoking is outlawed, only outlaws will smoke. That's the novel premise behind this world-premiere, four-person musical, presented by CATCO.

"Cabfare for the Common Man"

Sept. 30-Oct. 23

MadLab Theatre, Downtown

Love that title. This set of seven comic one-acts ranges from the Pirandellian "Scripted," in which a couple discovers the script to the play they are living, to the title short, where an everyman takes the taxi ride of his life.


Oct. 14-21

Franklin Park Conservatory, Near East Side

Audience members will walk two-by-two through the conservatory grounds, listening to the narrative on iPods. David Leddy's work, presented by the Wexner Center, may be this year's most intimate theatrical experience.

"The Method Gun," by Rude Mechanicals

Oct. 21-24

Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus

Based on the life and death of the legendary acting teacher Stella Burden, the Rude Mechanicals production re-creates her company's rehearsals of "A Streetcar Named Desire."

"The Wild Party"

Nov. 4-13

Otterbein College, Westerville

Sadomasochism, jealousy, betrayal, incest, prostitution, orgies - all set to a score inspired by a Jazz Age setting. The Otterbein theater production recounts the ultimately fatal relationship between a vaudeville showgirl and a clown.

OSU Theatre: "On the Shore of the Wide World"

Nov. 4-14

Drake Performance and Event Center, Campus

OSU Theatre presents a three-generation family drama about harbored secrets and suppressed emotions.

"The Life and Death of Richard the Third"

Nov. 11-20

Columbus Performing Arts Center, Discover District

Hearing that Ian Short plays the title character should be enough to draw you to Available Light's "Richard III." Knowing that artistic director Matt Slaybaugh has "cut, pasted and remixed" the Bard's tragedy makes it a must-see.

CATCO's "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"

Nov. 23-Dec. 12

Riffe Center, Downtown

In time for all the holidays, five actors stage Frank Capra's classic film as a live radio broadcast in the 1940s, complete with sound effects and studio audience.