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Theatre Preview: Nanette Marie’s Mamas’ Drama Returns to the Columbus Performing Arts Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Nanette Marie’s Mamas’ Drama Returns to the Columbus Performing Arts Center

Local playwright and novelist Nanette Marie’s Mamas’ Drama has racked up an astonishing amount of buzz since premiering locally in 2011 through Nia Performing Arts. In the intervening years, Marie’s work has seen readings and performances at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country including the world-renowned National Black Theatre Festival based in Winston-Salem, NC, […]

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Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Richard III Sets its Winter of Discontent in the early 1960s

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Richard III Sets its Winter of Discontent in the early 1960s

Lots of what we take for granted in drama is solidified in William Shakespeare’s Richard III, most prominently a self-consciousness about being a fictional character, including addressing the audience directly in a way that clearly foreshadows our modern “breaking the fourth wall” more than an internal soliloquy. This early dissection of the banality of evil, the weakness […]

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Theatre Review: Shots in the Dark’s Reasons to Be Pretty Strikes a Beguiling Balance Between Sharpness and Sentiment

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shots in the Dark’s Reasons to Be Pretty Strikes a Beguiling Balance Between Sharpness and Sentiment

Neil Labute’s reasons to be pretty brought a strain of sentimentality and affection to the fore that had previously been buried in Labute’s more hectoring, rumbling work. That sentiment was still couched in the horrific meanness with which people can (and do) treat one another, so the sharp laughs and poignancy come tattooed with violent outbursts that […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s The Temperamentals Shines Light on a Neglected Piece of History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s The Temperamentals Shines Light on a Neglected Piece of History

Jon Maranis’ Off-Broadway hit The Temperamentals is clearly a labor of love. It aims to shine light on a piece of history often swept under the rug even by people who should know better: the battle for gay equality before the galvanizing of Stonewall. Over a decade previous, Harry Hay (Brent Alan Burlington) and Rudi Gernreich […]

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Theatre Preview: 3rd Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: 3rd Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

Feature photo: left to right: Candance Boahene as Sofie, Anita Coleman as Co- Worker, Cassandra Stewart as Candy Moon, Jasymn Green as Genna, Jennifer Angel as Coco Brown. Julie Whitney Scott, an acclaimed playwright and journalist herself, established the Columbus Black Theatre Festival to both present family-friendly entertainment at a reasonable price to foster a […]

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Theatre Preview: Destin Le’marr’s Barcode has its World Premier July 11

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Destin Le’marr’s Barcode has its World Premier July 11

Destin Tevis Le’Marr, one of Columbus’ consummate performers and prodigal sons, returns home in both literal and metaphoric senses to launch his new one-man show Barcode at the King Arts Complex on Saturday, July 11, 2015.  Gripped by the theatre bug through a King Arts Complex camp at the age of seven, by nine Le’marr was gracing […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s [title of show] is Explosive, Electric, and Warm

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s [title of show] is Explosive, Electric, and Warm

[title of show] is one of the freshest, funniest musicals of the last 10 years (it premiered at a festival in 2004 but its final form didn’t take shape until the 2006 commercial run at Vineyard Theatre). Jeff Bowen (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bell’s (book) show takes one of the hoariest and most often attempted […]

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