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Dance Preview: Columbus Dance Theatre’s World-Premiere Romeo and Juliet, An Exciting New Take on a Classic

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: Columbus Dance Theatre’s World-Premiere Romeo and Juliet, An Exciting New Take on a Classic

Columbus Dance Theatre was founded by Veach in 1998 and planted roots downtown after a period in Upper Arlington. The second longest running professional dance company in the history of Columbus wraps up their 18th season with a bang: a world premiere of a new ballet from founder and artistic director Tim Veach of Romeo and Juliet […]

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Theatre Review: Green Night at MadLab’s Theatre Roulette is a Funny Take on Science Fiction Tropes

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Green Night at MadLab’s Theatre Roulette is a Funny Take on Science Fiction Tropes

MadLab’s Theatre Roulette, its 17th iteration opened this weekend, has become one of the theatre troupe’s signature events. A wide-ranging, spinning, mixed-bag that brings most of the actors and directors of the season together in a chance for exposure to new voices. One of the interesting changes over the years has been doing one night of […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Endgame is a Grimy, Stripped Take on a Classic

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Endgame is a Grimy, Stripped Take on a Classic

“They said to me, What skilled attention they get, all these dying of their wounds,” Clov (Alex Foor) says near the end of Red Herring’s striking new production of Samuel Beckett’s classic, Endgame, directed by Verne Hendrick and Keely Heyl. Maybe the grimmest funny play in the 20th century canon, Endgame is set at the end of […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Actor Nick Hardin on Dream Roles, Musical Comedy and the Columbus Theatre Scene

Mark Phillips Schwamberger Mark Phillips Schwamberger Columbus Makes Art Presents: Actor Nick Hardin on Dream Roles, Musical Comedy and the Columbus Theatre Scene

Nick Hardin appeared in Evolution Theatre Company’s award-winning production of YANK! The Musical in 2015, for which he was awarded a best acting award. He will be seen this year in Evolution Theatre Company’s Local Playwrights Festival starting June 1, presented in association with CATCO, as well as in the area premiere of Book Of […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Last Five Years is Full of Luminous Heartbreak

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Last Five Years is Full of Luminous Heartbreak

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown had acclaimed runs off-Broadway roughly a decade apart (and a recent movie with Anna Kendrick) and reverberated through theatre fans as an answer to Romance Romance for my generation with songs that helped establish (after a cause celebre adaptation of Parade) Brown as one of the pre-eminent theatre composers. Short North Stage’s […]

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Theatre Review: SRO Theatre’s Big River Tries to Conjure a Bygone America

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: SRO Theatre’s Big River Tries to Conjure a Bygone America

Big River is easily one of my favorite musicals ever, certainly my favorite musical to come out in the 1980s. Some of that is nostalgia, it was the first touring production of a Broadway show I ever saw as a child. But more than that, it might be the finest synthesis of adaptor and source material, […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project), which opened last night, takes on maybe the hardest challenge of any art but one uniquely suited for theatre: finding ways to talk about what we, as humans, are incapable of ever really talking about. And so, Columbus’ most verbal, verbose, witty theatre company – under the sure hand […]

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