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Theatre Preview: Columbus Native Dane Terry Brings Acclaimed Bird in the House to the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Columbus Native Dane Terry Brings Acclaimed Bird in the House to the Wexner Center

Dane Terry is a talent Columbus should be proud to have some part in nurturing; one of the most distinctive and mesmerizing voices to ever come out of our town. During his time as a resident, he hushed and held rapt typically raucous bars with just his piano and voice. He played on bills with other […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Stumbling Slog of The Star

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Stumbling Slog of The Star

MadLab ends 2016 on a disappointing note with The Star, a new play written and directed by Artistic Director Jim Azelvandre. Billed as “a fairy tale,” an alien visitor (McLane Nagy) crashes to earth clad in a silver bikini and go-go boots right out of a 60s romp, not speaking English or quite knowing how to […]

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Theatre Review: August Wilson Festival Ends on Another High Note with Radio Golf

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: August Wilson Festival Ends on Another High Note with Radio Golf

PAST Productions present the final play of August Wilson’s American Cycle to close the August Wilson Festival in conjunction with Short North Stage. Their riveting Radio Golf, directed by Truman Winbush, Jr., opened on Thursday in the Green Room of the Garden. Radio Golf caps the cycle both chronologically, set in 1997, and for the playwright, premiering […]

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Theatre Review: Broadway Across America’s Delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Broadway Across America’s Delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Broadway Across America opened a home-run touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ohio Theatre for a week’s run on Tuesday. This stage adaptation of the classic songwriting duo’s sole musical written for television features a very funny new book by Douglas Carter Beane and cracking direction from Gina Rattan based on original direction by […]

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Theatre Review: Haberdasher’s US Premiere of Marie Nimier’s Grim, Funny Puzzle Box Another Year, Another Christmas

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Haberdasher’s US Premiere of Marie Nimier’s Grim, Funny Puzzle Box Another Year, Another Christmas

Marie Nimier is a sensation in her native France with best-selling novels and children’s books, sold-out runs of her plays, and songs for artists like Juliette Greco, but she’s almost unknown in the US. In their second Columbus promotion, Haberdasher intends to change that with an uneven but invigorating production of her Another Year, Another Christmas, […]

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Theatre Review: Electric Performances Enliven CATCO’s Dry Gross Indecency

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Electric Performances Enliven CATCO’s Dry Gross Indecency

CATCO opened a regional premiere of Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde in a production directed by Steven C. Anderson last weekend. Kaufman uses Oscar Wilde’s public downfall in the Victorian judicial system – beautifully depicted here in Michael S. Brewer’s set as a labyrinth – as a springboard. The play tackles […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Darkly Beautiful Kiss of the Spider Woman

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Darkly Beautiful Kiss of the Spider Woman

Short North Stage delivers another triumph with its lavish production, directed by Michael Licata, of an underrated musical by the team Kander and Ebb (with book by Terrence  McNally after the Manuel Puig novel) Kiss of the Spider Woman. This musical won seven Tonys and three Drama Desk Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1993, […]

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