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See Actors’ Theatre’s Julius Caesar Through June 18

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Actors’ Theatre’s Julius Caesar Through June 18

Actors’ Theatre opened their 36th season over the weekend with a sublime, low-key production of Shakespeare’s historic tragedy Julius Caesar directed by Philip J. Hickman. This Julius Caesar plays with the discontinuity of the contemporary world with the first scene as columns and marble statues provide a backdrop for a man being beaten with nightsticks and dragged off by […]

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Eclipse’s Maternal Instincts Looks at Passive-Aggressive Manipulation as a Birthright

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Eclipse’s Maternal Instincts Looks at Passive-Aggressive Manipulation as a Birthright

Eclipse Theatre Company continues their commendable streak of bringing plays to our stages not widely known to Columbus audiences with their production of Dave Williams’ Maternal Instincts which opens this weekend directed by Greg Smith. Unfortunately, the play feels like a hodgepodge of old sitcom tropes wrapped up in sub-Neil Simon dialogue and feels much longer […]

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Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Jennifer Schlueter, Associate Professor and Fellow of Curriculum and New Program Development in the OSU Department of Theatre, is also Joint Artistic Director of the for/word company. Known for acclaimed performances from New York to Chicago to Seattle, the company brings Schlueter’s newest play, Patience Worth, to OSU’s Barnett Hall for a limited engagement. Patience Worth delves into the story […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2017

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2017

MadLab opened its 17th Theatre Roulette festival of short plays this weekend. Per tradition, Roulette is three rotating nights of different anthologies of short plays both from MadLab regulars and fresh voices. I was able to see Inside Bets, the first night, directed by Stephen Woosley with assistance by Tay Lane and Jason Sudy. The overall mood […]

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Available Light’s Paradise Park Zoo is a Dazzling Cry of Love

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Paradise Park Zoo is a Dazzling Cry of Love

Theatre, with its enforced awareness of the performers as people and its fusion of metaphor to physicality, is uniquely suited as a tool of empathy. There’s no better example of bodies on stage fulfilling that mission right now than Available Light’s production of Savanna Reich’s Paradise Park Zoo directed by Eleni Papaleonardos. Paradise Park Zoo takes one of the hoariest […]

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Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi sparked protests upon its premiere in the late ‘90s. In Evolution Theatre Company’s (in association with CATCO) new production directed by Joe Bishara, the sweetness of the material, the empathy for its characters, and the play’s mostly successful extension of what A. E. Houseman called Milton’s mission “to justify God’s ways […]

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SRO’s Bridges of Madison County Rarely Gets Out of the Mud

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford SRO’s Bridges of Madison County Rarely Gets Out of the Mud

The Bridges of Madison County, with book by Marsha Norman (adapted from Robert James Waller’s novel) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, had a short run on Broadway and a more successful national tour three years ago. SRO Theatre Company opened a production over the weekend directed by Kristofer Green that highlights Brown’s […]

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