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Theatre Review: Ann Hamilton and SITI Company’s the theater is a blank page Dazzles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ann Hamilton and SITI Company’s the theater is a blank page Dazzles

Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse was published in 1927, an era still haunted by World War I, and is a modernist landmark as well as a novel that had a deep impact on this critic as a child. the theater is a blank page, the new collaborative work by SITI Company and co-directed by SITI’s founder Anne […]

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Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Gruesome Playground Injuries is a Funny, Touching Romp

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Gruesome Playground Injuries is a Funny, Touching Romp

How much of the future is written out in early childhood, and how much of both the future and the past can be told by tracing our scars, are the central conceits in Rajiv Joseph’s earnest and funny Gruesome Playground Injuries, currently mounted by Warehouse Theatre Company in AJ’s Café downtown. More than anything else, Gruesome Playground […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s The Final Table Grapples With Power

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s The Final Table Grapples With Power

Herb Brown is a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, professor, and acclaimed novelist. CATCO is to be commended for presenting the world premier of his new play, The Final Table. New plays presented with this kind of a robust budget and professionalism and seriousness are always to be cheered on and taken seriously. You will not see […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s A Chorus Line Captures the Pain and Transcendence of Transition and Art

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s A Chorus Line Captures the Pain and Transcendence of Transition and Art

A Chorus Line, created and conceived by director/choreographer Michael Bennett with book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood Jr., music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Ed Kleban, reaches its 40th anniversary this year. Short North Stage’s new production captures its qualities as a time capsule of a specific moment, its relevance to the universal […]

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MadLab XX: A Look Back and Forward

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab XX: A Look Back and Forward

Anything that lasts 20 years is going to attract its share of passionate adherents and passionate detractors. There will be a refocusing: interests and passions are subject to change, and in the way of things, it’s inevitable that the once-anarchic and freewheeling will become solidified. MadLab Theatre, since producing their first show in 1995, is […]

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Theatre Review: Columbus Civic Theater’s Suddenly, Last Summer Fails to Find Its Rhythm

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Columbus Civic Theater’s Suddenly, Last Summer Fails to Find Its Rhythm

There are good reasons Tennessee Williams’ work is still performed so often 50-60 years later. I know people who wouldn’t set foot in a theater but love his work, and I know theatre buffs who still revel in and discover things in plays they know by heart. Suddenly, Last Summer is less immediately accessible than undisputed […]

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Theatre Preview: Maroon Arts Group Presents Rarely Performed A Real “Nigga” Show as Part of a Slate of Grassroots Art Activism

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Maroon Arts Group Presents Rarely Performed A Real “Nigga” Show as Part of a Slate of Grassroots Art Activism

The choreopoem is a theatrical medium that collages poetry, dance, music, and dialogue in a way that lets each art stand on its own instead of integrating them like a more mainstream musical. It creates its effect through coalescence and subtle addition. The form was popularized, and the term coined, by Nzotake Shange who brought […]

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