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Evolution’s Boston Marriage Looks at a Hidden Slice of American History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Boston Marriage Looks at a Hidden Slice of American History

“Light” and “frivolous” probably aren’t in the first hundred words that come to mind when talking about David Mamet. Boston Marriage is something of a departure for the playwright. Evolution Theatre Company presents a production directed by Mark Phillips Schwamberger. The term “Boston marriage” refers to a romantic cohabitation relationship between two women. Henry James popularized […]

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Otterbein’s They’re Playing Our Song is a Charming Throwback

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Otterbein’s They’re Playing Our Song is a Charming Throwback

Otterbein wraps up their 2017 Summer Theatre season with one of their perennial audience favorites, Neil Simon. Melissa Lusher directs a charming production of Simon’s (book) ’70s hit collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch (music) and Carole Bayer Sager (lyrics), They’re Playing Our Song. They’re Playing Our Song is a fictionalized retelling of the relationship between Hamlisch and Sayer. Vernon Gersch (Maxwell Bartel) is an award winning composer with […]

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Heartbreaking Magic and Mystery in Tantrum Theater’s Caroline, Or Change

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Heartbreaking Magic and Mystery in Tantrum Theater’s Caroline, Or Change

Fabulism brings a new perspective on our mutual pain, desire, and joy by disrupting what we think we know. Breaking the rules of the world lets us experience it through new eyes. Caroline, Or Change, the 2003 Broadway musical by Tony Kushner (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music) uses anthropomorphism to extend the musical’s natural tendency to turn metaphor into flesh. We can see the dark middle period […]

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Epic, Righteous Angels in America: Perestroika at Short North Stage Through July 2

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Epic, Righteous Angels in America: Perestroika at Short North Stage Through July 2

Angels in America is probably the most important work of American theatre to premiere in my lifetime. It stabs at the heart of the complicated American condition in still-profound ways, 25 years after its debut. The first part, Millenium Approaches, is performed regularly, writer Tony Kushner calls it “a machine.” The second part, Perestroika, is harder to get a handle on. Millenium […]

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R&B Singer Bilal Comes to Notes June 16

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford R&B Singer Bilal Comes to Notes June 16

Over the last year-plus, Notes has hosted #HereFridays, a showcase bringing R&B back to downtown in a more consistent way than anything I can think of since Brownstone on Main closed. This home base has featured some of Columbus’ prime talent including B-Jazz and MojoFlo, beloved expats like Talisha Holmes, and national acts like Eric […]

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CATCO’s Dated but Frothy and Charming I Do! I Do!

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO’s Dated but Frothy and Charming I Do! I Do!

CATCO closes their 2016-17 season with the 1968 hit I Do! I Do!, written by Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music), in a production directed by Steven C. Anderson. This production features real-life married couple Liz Wheeler as Agnes Snow and CATCO’s Associate Producing Director Joe Bishara as Michael Snow. I Do! […]

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Dazzling, Kaleidoscopic Heartbreak in Short North Stage’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dazzling, Kaleidoscopic Heartbreak in Short North Stage’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America is one of the great, singularly American plays. Since its premiere in the early 90s, this Pulitzer-winning play has taken myths – in the sense of lies and in stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the world – screwball comedy, theories of democracy, and overflowing fistfuls of Brecht and […]

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