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Finely Observed Slice of History in CATCO’s Henry Ford’s Model E

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Finely Observed Slice of History in CATCO’s Henry Ford’s Model E

Fusing the macro- and micro-rhythms of history to a complicated, relatable emotional reality is one of local playwright Herb Brown’s specialties. The world premiere of his new Henry Ford’s Model E, presented by CATCO and directed by Steven C. Anderson, is a reminder how potent those gifts can be. This writer saw the final preview […]

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Theatre Review: OSU Theatre’s Heathers for Fans Only

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: OSU Theatre’s Heathers for Fans Only

OSU opened a lavish production of Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe’s adaptation of the cult classic ’80s dark comedy Heathers: The Musical directed by Mandy Fox on Thursday. Unfortunately, the production is so strong it lays bare faults in the original material more than it obscures them. As in the movie it’s based on, Heathers: The Musical  […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Moving, Gripping Road to Mecca

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Moving, Gripping Road to Mecca

Red Herring opened Athol Fugard’s ’80s hit The Road to Mecca last weekend in a superlative production directed by Michael Garrett Herring who also designed the sets. The Road to Mecca tells the story of Miss Helen Martins (Josie Merkle) at a point of crisis when her immaculately crafted estate full of art is under fire from bigotry […]

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75 Dollar Bill Comes to Ace of Cups April 5

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford 75 Dollar Bill Comes to Ace of Cups April 5

NYC’s 75 Dollar Bill has been known to leave a certain brand of music fan speechless. We’re very lucky to have them coming through Ace of Cups on Wednesday (tickets on Ticketfly). When they played The Basement, not often a room suited for adventurous sounds, opening for Six Organs of Admittance two years ago, I […]

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Theatre Review: Grim, Muddy History Lesson in OSU’s Forbidden Zones

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Grim, Muddy History Lesson in OSU’s Forbidden Zones

Forbidden Zones: The Great War, which opened at OSU’s Roy Bowen Theatre on Wednesday, is an example of the expansive lens the resources of a university can lend a history-based work of theatre. Unfortunately, it also feels like a case of collaboration taken to the extent of a point of view getting lost. The work ends […]

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See Otterbein’s Joyous Damn Yankees Through April 8

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Otterbein’s Joyous Damn Yankees Through April 8

Damn Yankees, the perennial Springtime crowd pleaser musical since 1955, with a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, opened Thursday at Otterbein in a sparkling production directed by Mark Mineart. Damn Yankees sets the classic Mephistopheles story in the context of post-WWII optimism through the lens of rabid […]

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Kander and Ebb’s Dark Classic Cabaret at Ohio Theatre Through April 2

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Kander and Ebb’s Dark Classic Cabaret at Ohio Theatre Through April 2

2017 marks the 51st anniversary of Cabaret, and Columbus is treated to the touring production of Roundabout Theatre’s smash Broadway revival, which opened at the Ohio on Tuesday. The score, by John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), retains all of its acerbic power and righteous intensity. And, Jon Masteroff’s book, adapted from John Van Druyten’s dramatic adaptation […]

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