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Theatre Review: SRO’s The Fantasticks is Luminous

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: SRO’s The Fantasticks is Luminous

The Fantasticks, in addition to being the longest running musical anywhere, is one of the most produced shows for regional theatre. Standing Room Only (SRO), one of Columbus’s storied repertory theatres, ends their 30th anniversary season with a production that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but shines light on what makes this show so enduring and […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Buyer & Cellar is a Gleeful, Funny Triumph

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Buyer & Cellar is a Gleeful, Funny Triumph

CATCO finishes their 2014-2015 season with one of the most purely joyous and delightful shows I’ve seen so far this year, Jonathan Tollins’ Buyer & Cellar. The original run of this one-man show was a sizable Off-Broadway hit when it was staged by one of my favorite NYC theatre companies, Rattlestick, but my trips in […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s The Christians is a Provocative Look at Faith and Pride

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s The Christians is a Provocative Look at Faith and Pride

Available Light’s season ends with a bang and a headful of questions in Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, directed by Acacia Duncan. This is a hard play to write about because not only is it idea-dense, it’s hard to describe without recounting all of the events in more minute detail. I’m going to try not to give […]

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Theatre Review: Thrill Me is a Rollercoaster of Dark Delight

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Thrill Me is a Rollercoaster of Dark Delight

Edward Carignan followed up his triumphant direction of the expansive, glitzy but melancholy musical A Chorus Line with a darker, more intimate work in Short North Stage’s Green Room, Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff. Dolginoff’s (book, music and lyrics) musical tells the famous story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb – wealthy, bored young lovers attending the University […]

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Theatre Preview: Available Light Theatre’s 10th Season

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Available Light Theatre’s 10th Season

Since its inception, Available Light Theatre (AVLT) has been the kind of company that drives the conversation in town. They’ve brought exciting plays from New York like The Thugs by Adam Bock, Dead City by Sheila Callaghan, God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, Church by Young Jean Lee, and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn. They’ve brought cutting edge work from Louisville’s Humana Festival, like […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

MadLab’s 16th iteration of their signature shorts festival Theatre Roulette had some astonishing moments in the two nights I was able to see and review (I was unable to see the third night, Slap Happy and Other Short Plays). This year, the nights are structured around playwrights new to the festival – Contact High, directed by Stephen Woosley […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

The history of modernity – the history of America, as most of us learned it or think we learned it – is the story of the “little guy” putting together an idea that shifts the world right off its axis. Something that rocks everybody back on their heels and draws forth an exultant breath. For […]

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