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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Master Class Mashes Up History and Myth in a Pulpy Potboiler

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Master Class Mashes Up History and Myth in a Pulpy Potboiler

Terrance McNally is one of the finest dramatists of the last 30 years, doing traditional plays with rock-solid dramatic values and reminding us how good that kind of work can be. Master Class has always held a special place in my heart since its touring company came through town while I was in high school. Master […]

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Theatre Review: I’ll Eat You Last Laughs in the Face of Death

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: I’ll Eat You Last Laughs in the Face of Death

John Logan’s screenwriting work – including his Oscar-nominated screenplays, The Aviator and Hugo, and his win, Gladiator - tends toward expansive stories, wide-ranging in time and setting, with huge casts of characters who have the ability to shift the world on its axis. In his plays, he tries to map that same intensity of emotion and tenor of earthshaking consequence […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Love Letters Celebrates Love Throughout the Years

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: CATCO’s Love Letters Celebrates Love Throughout the Years

As Valentine’s Day approaches, sentiments abound regarding the day itself. From a Hallmark introduced “holiday” to promote sales in cards, flowers, and candy to a day to commemorate “love” by spending as much as possible on a fancy dinner or jewelry to a day of the week that exacerbates the loneliness single people may feel. […]

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Theatre Review: Romance/Romance Manages to Let Sparks Fly

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Romance/Romance Manages to Let Sparks Fly

Romance/Romance, with book and lyrics by Barry Harman and music by Keith Herrmann, was nominated for five Tonys in 1988 and ran for 297 performances, not a bad stretch. It’s less known these days because it came out in the same season as Into the Woods and Phantom of the Opera, which bulldozed anything with more of a […]

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Theatre Review: Anything Goes a Delightful Classic

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Anything Goes a Delightful Classic

Cole Porter undoubtedly remains one of the most influential names in musical theater history. His 1934 musical, Anything Goes, stands as a shining example as it has won several awards throughout the years, seen two Broadway revivals, two movies, and several other adaptations throughout the world. This classic show plays to eager central Ohio audiences […]

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Theatre Preview: Stan’s Cafe’s The Cardinals Presents a Zany, Irreverent Religious Satire

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Stan’s Cafe’s The Cardinals Presents a Zany, Irreverent Religious Satire

Since 1991, the Stan’s Cafe troupe (based in London, England) has earned its acclaim through immersive, multimedia theatrical collaborations that traffic in the real world seen from inventive and unexpected angles. The Wexner Center for the Arts brings them to Columbus on the heels of an appearance at The Public Theater’s acclaimed Under the Radar […]

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Theatre Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Struggles Mightily With Its Themes

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Struggles Mightily With Its Themes

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is arguably the great American play of the last 50+ years. That it still speaks to our neuroses about ambition, impotence, frustration as clearly and bracingly and hilariously as it does is a testament to its power. Adrenaline Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling such a […]

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