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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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CATCO’s Dated but Frothy and Charming I Do! I Do!

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO’s Dated but Frothy and Charming I Do! I Do!

CATCO closes their 2016-17 season with the 1968 hit I Do! I Do!, written by Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music), in a production directed by Steven C. Anderson. This production features real-life married couple Liz Wheeler as Agnes Snow and CATCO’s Associate Producing Director Joe Bishara as Michael Snow. I Do! […]

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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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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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