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Theatre Review: The Wexner Center Brings Toshiki Okada’s Stunning God Bless Baseball to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: The Wexner Center Brings Toshiki Okada’s Stunning God Bless Baseball to Columbus

Fresh off a buzz-laden run at New York City’s Under the Radar festival, Toshiki Okada’s God Bless Baseball, opened at the Wexner Center on Thursday. Over its hour and 40 minute run time, this jaw-dropping piece moves from a love letter to a dissection to something indescribable, as it looks at the world through the lens […]

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Theatre Review: SRO’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Lands Devastating Punches

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: SRO’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Lands Devastating Punches

One of the finest plays of the 20th century, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, since its debut in 1962 (and film version in 1966) has been a perennial fixture in American theatre. Despite a rare (these days) almost three hour length, it’s revived on a regular basis, as recently as 2012 on Broadway, and […]

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Theatre Preview: The Short North Stage, With Collaborators, Presents a Year-Long Celebration of August Wilson in 2016

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: The Short North Stage, With Collaborators, Presents a Year-Long Celebration of August Wilson in 2016

Pittsburgh native August Wilson (1945-2005) was arguably the most important playwright of the late 20th century. His 10-play Pittsburgh cycle, starting with Jitney (premiered in 1982) and ending with Radio Golf (premiered in 2005) covered 100 years of black American, life with a combination of language and scope that had never been seen on the stage. This year, […]

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Theatre Preview: Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative

In the three years the company has partnered with Jen Schlueter of for/word company (and the OSU Theatre Department), Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative has been one of the most important theatrical events of the season. In conversation with the festival’s co-directors, Schlueter and AVL founder and joint Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh, they reaffirmed that […]

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Best Theatre in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Theatre in Columbus

From large-scale Broadway productions to small independent performances, Columbus has a wide spectrum of entertainment options available when it comes to the theatrical arts. None are perhaps as iconic for Columbus as Shadowbox Live, which our readers have voted as the number one theatrical group for the past three years straight. Shadowbox produces a massive […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Coney Island Christmas is a Nuanced Look at The Season and Growing Up

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Coney Island Christmas is a Nuanced Look at The Season and Growing Up

Donald Margulies’ Coney Island Christmas opened this past weekend at Gallery Players in a sparkling production directed by April Olt and Sonda Staley. This play is a warm tonic to some of the two-dimensional entertainments peddled this season. Sweet, but it won’t give anyone but the most hardened curmudgeons a toothache. Coney Island Christmas follows Shirley Abramowitz […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Krampus: A Yuletide Tale Has Magic to Spare

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Krampus: A Yuletide Tale Has Magic to Spare

This may say more about the reviewer than the work being reviewed but original musicals seem like the riskiest theatre to make: a longer lead time; more complex, moving parts; frequently more collaborators; additional expense; and much harder to know if it’s good or not until you actually produce it. Breaking past fatigue on holiday […]

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