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Warehouse Theatre’s Blistering Agnes of God

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Warehouse Theatre’s Blistering Agnes of God

John Pielmeier’s early ’80s Broadway hit Agnes of God returns to the Columbus stage this weekend in a raw, superlative production directed by Kristofer Green. Agnes of God, in two acts over a taut 100 minutes, follows the psychiatrist Dr. Martha Livingstone’s (Susan Gellman) attempts to determine if the young nun Sister Agnes (Eli Brickey) […]

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See Short North Stage’s Exciting, Vibrant Dreamgirls Through November 25

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Short North Stage’s Exciting, Vibrant Dreamgirls Through November 25

For almost as long as people have mounted performances, they’ve made art about making performances. In the world of musical theatre, no one got that down better than director and choreographer Michael Bennett. Bennett added a level of emotional reality to big-number razzle-dazzle that set the bar even today.  Following last season’s A Chorus Line, […]

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Big Risks Pay Off in Otterbein’s Bleak, Funny Adding Machine

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Big Risks Pay Off in Otterbein’s Bleak, Funny Adding Machine

This weekend, Otterbein opened a regional premiere of acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, written by Joshua Schmidt music and Schmidt and Jason Loweth (libretto). This production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz, soars to the depths of the human condition. The original 1923 play by Elmer Rice was an early American grappling with Brecht and Ibsen, playing with the […]

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Shadowbox Live’s Fun, Fast ‘Circle of Blood’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Shadowbox Live’s Fun, Fast ‘Circle of Blood’

Shadowbox unveiled Circle of Blood this month. Jimmy Mak, writer, and Julie Klein, director, adapted this new original from David Mack’s graphic novel, Kabuki: Circle of Blood. Circle of Blood is set in a near-future Japan. Japan labors under a brand of martial law, ruled by The General (Tom Cardinal) and a board of directors. The story follows The […]

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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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MadLab’s And Then They Fell Falls More Than It Flies

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab’s And Then They Fell Falls More Than It Flies

MadLab continues their season of new work with Tira Palmquist’s And Then They Fell directed by Anne Diehl (and assisted by Tamara Boeck). Sensitive direction and strong acting try mightily but can’t overcome basic weaknesses in the material. And Then They Fell follows Jordan (Erynn Robe), a 17-year-old in an unnamed Western city. Her mother languishes […]

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Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Evolution Theatre Company continues their season with a strong, delicate world premiere of Kenneth Talbert’s Traveling directed by Dee Shepherd. Traveling focuses on the last days of acclaimed dancer and choreographer Winston Lambert (Mark Phillips Schwamberger). He takes what comfort he can in his much younger lover Tyler (Nick Hardin), as we see his comfort […]

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