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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Muddled Scritch Scritch

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Muddled Scritch Scritch

Christopher Lockheardt has made his name on sharp, witty, short plays produced at MadLab and around the country. The world premier of one of his first full-length dramas, Scritch Scritch, opened at MadLab this weekend in a production directed by Jim Azelvandre (assisted by Becky Horseman). Rebecca (Kyle Jepson), feeling stuck in her life, decides to […]

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Theatre Review: Crowd-Pleasing Wicked Returns to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Crowd-Pleasing Wicked Returns to Columbus

Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Winnie Holtzmann’s (book) adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway, and still going. This funhouse-mirror-that-shows-only-the-truth look at the Wizard of Oz returns to the Ohio Theatre this week in a touring production that retains every bit of the charm and razzle-dazzle that keeps audiences lining […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Broken Whispers Sometimes Shines New Light on ‘Gatsby’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Broken Whispers Sometimes Shines New Light on ‘Gatsby’

Shadowbox Live continues its recent trend of interspersing their bread-and-butter sketch comedy and song revues with more ambitious, serious work, with Broken Whispers. I attended a preview performance on Wednesday of this dance-theatre adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s modernist classic The Great Gatsby. Choreographed and staged by Katy Psenicka, adapted by Jimmy Mak and directed by Stev […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

The regional premiere of Michael Aman’s Poz opened Thursday in a glowing production directed by Greg Smith at Evolution Theatre Company.  It’s a noble play, stuffed Dreiser-full with threads of legitimate societal complaint but also with a beating heart. The blood flowing through its veins is an understanding of exactly how real people react. So […]

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Theatre Review: Gorgeous Dancing At Lughnasa Closes Inaugural Season for Tantrum Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gorgeous Dancing At Lughnasa Closes Inaugural Season for Tantrum Theater

Tantrum Theater, a new professional company, founded by Ohio University, closes its first season at Dublin’s Abbey Theater with a remarkable production of Brian Friel’s Tony-winning excavation of memory, Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Sheila Daniels. Dancing at Lughnasa, set in a remote county in Ireland, is seen through the eyes of Michael Evans (Brian David Evans) […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Dust Bowl Fantasticks Puts a Dusky Tint on a Classic

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Dust Bowl Fantasticks Puts a Dusky Tint on a Classic

Short North Stage is closing their 2015-2016 season with a fantastic production of the longest-running musical in American history, The Fantasticks, directed by Jonathan Flom, that opened last week. The in-the-round presentation is the wildest reinvention yet of the Garden Theater’s smaller Green Room space. The audience surrounds Jonathan Sabo’s just-specific-enough set: a wooden platform in the […]

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Theatre Review: It’s About Time! and You Again at Short North Stage Present a Wistful Take on Growing Up and Getting By

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: It’s About Time! and You Again at Short North Stage Present a Wistful Take on Growing Up and Getting By

A co-production between Short North Stage and Wild Women Writing opened at Short North Stage on Thursday. Consisting of two lovely new plays written and directed by Katherine H. Burkman, It’s About Time! and You Again delve into time’s undertow on all of us. It’s About Time! is a time travel story about two couples. Jenny (Colleen Dunne) is […]

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