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Last Weekend to See CATCO’s Daddy Long Legs

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Last Weekend to See CATCO’s Daddy Long Legs

There’s a long, storied tradition in Western literature of “aging millionaire seduces young orphan through varied means, including deceit.” Probably the most well-known in music theatre circles is Lerner and Lowe’s adaptation of the Colette novel Gigi. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, CATCO is mounting Paul Gordon (music and lyrics) and John Caird’s (book) […]

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Magic & Mystery

  Magic & Mystery

Experience a miraculous world of magic, mind reading, and hypnosis from world class ‘Astonishment Artist’ Mat LaVore. Is it possible to change someone’s memories? Read minds? Predict the future? Magic & Mystery showcases 90-minutes of the most spellbinding and revolutionary magic and hypnosis ever performed on stage. Witness LaVore swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget […]

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CATCO and Deaf West’s Riveting ‘American Buffalo’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO and Deaf West’s Riveting ‘American Buffalo’

CATCO closes a strong 2017 bringing Columbus the LA-based company Deaf West’s riveting production of Mamet’s groundbreaking American Buffalo directed by Stephen Rothman. American Buffalo is a flaming torrent of profanity featuring three men on the fringes of society. Their world shrinks to a Chicago pawn shop (the remarkable, lived in set is courtesy of Ken […]

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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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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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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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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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