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Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Masterful Angels in America is a Bracing Act of Love

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Masterful Angels in America is a Bracing Act of Love

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes hit American theatre with an explosion when the first part premiered in 1991 and both parts together opened on Broadway in 1993. Warehouse Theatre’s new production of the first part, Millenium Approaches, directed by Kristofer Green, is a reminder of the potency of this […]

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Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Invention of Theatre is a Delicious Romp Through Theatrical History and the Reason we Make Art

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Invention of Theatre is a Delicious Romp Through Theatrical History and the Reason we Make Art

The middle show of Otterbein’s 50th Summer Series departs from the tried and true of the rest of the season while still hitting those classic theatre pleasure centers. 2014 grad Sean Murphy returned with his one-act comedy Invention of Theater in a sparking, riotous production directed by Melissa Lusher. Invention of Theater follows nebbishy Kevin (Benjamin Folts) who falls under […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Second Gallery of Echoes Shines Light on Diversity of Talent in Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Second Gallery of Echoes Shines Light on Diversity of Talent in Columbus

Over the last few years, Shadowbox Live has consciously broadened beyond their rock and roll sketch comedy into more ambitious projects that are harder to categorize. On Wednesday they opened a follow-up to their acclaimed Gallery of Echoes. Where the first iteration used proven work from the Columbus Museum of Art collection, this new piece subtitled ColumbUS […]

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Theatre Review: Cory Skurdal’s Sticks and Stones Promising but Uneven Capper to Evolution’s Local Playwright’s Festival

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Cory Skurdal’s Sticks and Stones Promising but Uneven Capper to Evolution’s Local Playwright’s Festival

Evolution (in association with CATCO) opened the latter half of their Local Playwright’s Festival last night at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Sticks and Stones is a full length play written by Cory Skurdal and directed by Joe Bishara. Despite layered acting and rich thematic material, the plotting keeps the play from truly cohering or having the impact […]

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Theatre Review: Quick, Funny Brighton Beach Memoirs at Otterbein Summer Theatre

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Quick, Funny Brighton Beach Memoirs at Otterbein Summer Theatre

Otterbein University kicked off their 50th Summer Theatre season last weekend with Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical classic Brighton Beach Memoirs, in a terrific production directed by Lenny Leibowitz. In many ways, in his work for the stage, film, and early television, Simon created the mold for contemporary situation comedy. A perennial crowd-pleaser – the introductory notes in the program […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Ring of Fire

Yuko Kurahashi Yuko Kurahashi Theatre Review: CATCO’s Ring of Fire

The CATCO production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at the Riffe Center, directed by Steven C. Anderson, is a celebration of “Americana” through more than 30 songs written by Johnny Cash as well as traditional ballads and spirituals. Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr, Ring of Fire […]

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Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

The August Wilson Festival is a much-deserved celebration of one of the greatest American playwrights and a rich experiment on a scale I’m not sure Columbus has previously attempted. It continues and kicks into overdrive with Wilson’s first play to be produced on Broadway, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which opened (after remarks from the playwright’s brother) at […]

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