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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Witty, Well-Observed Sex With Strangers

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Witty, Well-Observed Sex With Strangers

CATCO’s consistently strong 2016-2017 season continues with this weekend’s opening of a finely crafted production of Laura Eason’s Off-Broadway hit Sex With Strangers directed by Joe Bishara. Opening on a snowy night at a bed and breakfast/writers retreat we meet Olivia (Nicolette Montana) revising a novel she has no expectation of seeing published after a failed earlier […]

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Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns In a New Location With a New Focus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns In a New Location With a New Focus

Over their ten-plus years, one of the most important things Available Light has done is showcase new voices and bring new work to Columbus. The most visible manifestation of that mission is their Next Stage Initiative. Every year, Next Stage Initiative is one of my favorite parts of the cultural calendar and essential viewing for […]

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See Otterbein’s Dazzling “Top Girls” Through Saturday

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Otterbein’s Dazzling “Top Girls” Through Saturday

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls opened in 1982 as an ink-still-wet look at the rise of Margaret Thatcher, an England beset by economic anxiety, and the differences between what Churchill saw as burgeoning American and British strains of feminism. At its heart, it’s a look at empathy, the need to look out for yourself but the absolute need […]

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OSU’s Whimsical “7 Ways to Say I Love You” Runs Through February 18

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford OSU’s Whimsical “7 Ways to Say I Love You” Runs Through February 18

Buzzy playwright and theatre historian Adam Szymkowicz’s collection of shorts dissecting love and its challenges, 7 Ways to Say I Love You opened Thursday in a charming production directed by Kevin McClatchy. Unfortunately, sometimes charm is all the source material has going for it, and that charm has a tendency to wear thin. Six actors portray all […]

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Theatre Review: Findlay/Sandsmark’s O’Death at the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Findlay/Sandsmark’s O’Death at the Wexner Center

The best moments in Findlay/Sandsmark’s journey to the melancholy at the heart of the end of the world, O’Death, have the same rawness as Reverend J.M. Gates’ song/sermon for which the show is named. However, the performance which opened at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursday – choreographed and performed by Marit Sandsmark and […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Blistering Hand To God

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Blistering Hand To God

Just over a year after closing an acclaimed Broadway run, Robert Askins’ hilarious Hand to God opens at Short North Stage over the weekend in a perfect production directed by Edward Carignan. Irreverent puts it mildly in describing this deliciously scabrous comedy. This production transforms The Green Room into a brilliantly on-point (courtesy of set designer Bill […]

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Last Day for Local Group to Gain Support to Transform Abandoned Theatre

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Last Day for Local Group to Gain Support to Transform Abandoned Theatre

Just after Rodney Grist and his group, Livingston Cultural Arts Theatre (LCAT), appeared on the scene to revitalize the abandoned Livingston Avenue Theatre, Westerville developer The Woda Group swooped in with a $12 million check to fund a low-income senior housing project. Grist, a 20-year Columbus City Schools educator and relatively new resident of Old […]

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