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Dance Preview: Rosas – A Love Supreme on October 3

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: Rosas – A Love Supreme on October 3

John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is one of the few pieces of art I can think of that are undisputed masterpieces. I’ve known people who have literally no other jazz records who treasure those four movements. Even people with just a passing familiarity with jazz recognize those first notes immediately – most of us can […]

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Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

For over 20 years, Suzanne Bocanegra’s work across media has combined a voracious curiosity, a keen eye for history, and most of all a sense of rapture specific to collage. In Bomb, composer Julia Wolfe said, “Bocanegra’s art is human, historical, filled with the material of life, highly organized and highly messy all at the […]

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CATCO’s Wrenching, Marvelous Fun Home Runs Through October 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO’s Wrenching, Marvelous Fun Home Runs Through October 1

CATCO kicked off their 2017-18 season with a supernova this past week. A wrenching, marvelous production of Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori’s (music) adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home. Fun Home arrives in Columbus with the bar set high by the play’s pedigree racking up Tony, Lucille Lortel and Obie […]

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Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

The Glass Menagerie has lost none of its ability to darkly resonate with audiences, even 71 years after its Broadway debut. Short North Stage proves that again with their stellar new production directed by Edward Carignan opening this weekend. The Glass Menagerie retains its power perched at the intersection of rich, poetic, language and the ugly truth […]

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Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Much has been written and performed about the horrific Cerberus of American paranoia: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Roy Cohn. Perfect Arrangement, Topher Payne’s  sharp, funny, and biting look at the human cost of that trio’s “Lavender Scare” opened at Evolution on Thursday directed by Beth Kattelman. Perfect Arrangement focuses on long-term State Department […]

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Eclipse’s Paris Letter Looks at Shame and Denial

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Eclipse’s Paris Letter Looks at Shame and Denial

Eclipse Theatre Company continues their 2017 season with a taut, gripping version of Jon Robin Baitz’s dark The Paris Letter directed by Greg Smith. The Paris Letter is a steely look at the corrosive nature of shame. It follows two friends, Sanford “Sandy” Sonnenberg (Christopher Moore Griffin) and Anton Kilgallen (David Allen Vargo) from 1963 to 2002. Anton lives his […]

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MadLab’s Vibrant, Warm Counter/Top Runs Though August 26

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab’s Vibrant, Warm Counter/Top Runs Though August 26

MadLab’s Fall 2017 season dedicated to premieres bursts strong off the blocks with Kirin McCrory’s Counter/Top directed by Megan Mateer. Counter/Top takes place in a diner you think has been right off the highway forever. Miss Betty (Catherine Cryan) presides over the scene, den mother, mediator and magistrate. Adrift Liza (Kayla Theis) hints she’s at the diner more […]

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