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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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Available Light Opens Their Season Strong With Bootleg Radio

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Opens Their Season Strong With Bootleg Radio

Available Light has built their reputation for more than a decade on audacious, risk-taking work that defies expectation and categorization. That spirit burns in their 2017-18 opener Bootleg Radio, written and directed by Jennifer Schlueter and Matt Slaybaugh. I saw Bootleg Radio this weekend and images, feelings, and lines still rattle around in my head. […]

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Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Over their ten-plus years, one of the most important things Available Light has done is showcase new voices and bring new work to Columbus. The most visible manifestation of that mission is their Next Stage Initiative. Every year, Next Stage Initiative is one of my favorite parts of the cultural calendar and essential viewing for […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Remarkable You Got Older

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Remarkable You Got Older

For most of us, the self-knowledge that arrives with adulthood doesn’t come with a beam of light packing an epiphany or an easily digestible koan. For many of us, it’s closer to picking at scabs. The play of the last ten years that best understands that is Clare Barron’s You Got Older which opened in a magnificent […]

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Theatre Preview: Available Light’s The Absurdity of Writing Poetry Returns to the CMA on May 29

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Available Light’s The Absurdity of Writing Poetry Returns to the CMA on May 29

In June of 2006, Available Light Theatre fired their first shot, at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, with The Absurdity of Writing Poetry, a breathtaking solo piece by Matt Slaybaugh with sound from Dave Wallingford. It immediately raised eyebrows, including fellow theatre artist Stacey Morrison saying it “set such a powerful tone for all of us,” and Jason Fox, […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project), which opened last night, takes on maybe the hardest challenge of any art but one uniquely suited for theatre: finding ways to talk about what we, as humans, are incapable of ever really talking about. And so, Columbus’ most verbal, verbose, witty theatre company – under the sure hand […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Thom Pain is a Roller Coast Ride Through a Troubled Mind

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Thom Pain is a Roller Coast Ride Through a Troubled Mind

Will Eno’s one of the signature voices of the new American theatre. His 2004 one man show, Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), is a filleting of the funny-sad mind of the contemporary American man. A masterful production by Available Light, and director Matt Slaybaugh, with a righteous performance by Jordan Fehr at its heart, opened […]

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