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Short North Stage’s Frenetic, Funny Spamalot Runs Through April 15

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s Frenetic, Funny Spamalot Runs Through April 15

The first – to my knowledge – locally created production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Broadway’s hit adaptation of Monty Python and The Holy Grail by Python troupe member Eric Idle (Book, Lyrics, co-write Music) and John Du Prez (co-write Music) opened Thursday at Short North Stage in a stellar production directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Spamalot follows the bones […]

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Sick Weekend Returns to Ace of Cups This Weekend

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Sick Weekend Returns to Ace of Cups This Weekend

Even for those of us with acute festival fatigue, there’s still a place for a targeted – for lack of a better word – well-curated lineup. At their best, these smaller festivals provide a refreshed look at one’s own scene and a gathering of the tribes that recalls our earliest show going experiences. The best […]

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Theatre Review: Eclipse’s Delightful Cripple of Inishmaan

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Eclipse’s Delightful Cripple of Inishmaan

Martin McDonagh’s Off-Broadway hit The Cripple of Inishmaan opened at Eclipse Theatre Company on Thursday in a lively production directed by Greg Smith. The Cripple of Inishmaan takes place on its eponymous piece of Ireland’s Aran Islands in 1934 as Robert Flaherty and a Hollywood crew are filming Man of Aran on neighboring island Inishmore. Billy Claven (Jack Miller), […]

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Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Short North Stage isn’t resting for long between their extended, sold-out run of Hand to God and their upcoming anticipated production of Spamalot. This week they’re staging a reading of one of the most important pieces of political theatre of the last 40 years: Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. This reading coincides with the 30th anniversary of AZT’s approval […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Sketchy Sex Fulfills Promises

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Sketchy Sex Fulfills Promises

MadLab kicks off their 2017 season with Sketchy Sex which opened Thursday. It looks at sex and mating from a variety of perspectives – the program credits fourteen writers. Collections of sketches are always mixed bags, and Sketchy Sex doesn’t avoid that fate. The technical elements, including Melissa Bair’s costumes and props, Brendan Michna’s set and lighting, […]

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Local Playwright’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras is Charming and Witty

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Local Playwright’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras is Charming and Witty

CATCOisKids opened a delightful world premiere production of local playwright Chris Leyva’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras this weekend. The play stars Emma Shachter as book-obsessed Penny. Penny throws herself into one obsession after another, buoyed by her game friends Cassandra (Greta James) and Jackie (Abbie Ogilbee). When the play starts, she’s over the moon for a new […]

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Top Dance Party of the Weekend on Saturday

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Top Dance Party of the Weekend on Saturday

Off the Grid, the Wexner Center for the Arts’ annual event to benefit their education programming, returns this Saturday, promising some shimmering and sweltering fun in the middle of this up-and-down weather. There’s plenty of talk about how great the party is, and it’s all true. The samplings of food – this year including Hadley’s, […]

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