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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

MadLab’s 16th iteration of their signature shorts festival Theatre Roulette had some astonishing moments in the two nights I was able to see and review (I was unable to see the third night, Slap Happy and Other Short Plays). This year, the nights are structured around playwrights new to the festival – Contact High, directed by Stephen Woosley […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

The history of modernity – the history of America, as most of us learned it or think we learned it – is the story of the “little guy” putting together an idea that shifts the world right off its axis. Something that rocks everybody back on their heels and draws forth an exultant breath. For […]

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GCAC Presents: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette Celebrates Sweet Sixteen

 Stephen Woosley GCAC Presents: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette Celebrates Sweet Sixteen

As part of MadLab’s yearlong celebration of its 20th anniversary, they will be presenting their 16th Annual Theatre Roulette. 17, if you include a best of Quintessential Roulette in 2009, but who’s counting? Theatre Roulette has become the mainstay of the last 16 MadLab seasons by representing its core mission of doing exclusively new works. […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage and Wild Women Writing’s Over the Edge With Beckett and Eno is A Night of Grim, Thoughtful Laughs

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage and Wild Women Writing’s Over the Edge With Beckett and Eno is A Night of Grim, Thoughtful Laughs

Wild Women Writing and Short North Stage’s co-production, Over the Edge with Beckett and Eno follows on their previous collaboration of short plays by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter staged in March. Over the Edge is a similar cross-section of exquisite work rarely produced in Columbus or anywhere, pairing a single work by Beckett with four shorts by […]

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Theatre Review: Ann Hamilton and SITI Company’s the theater is a blank page Dazzles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ann Hamilton and SITI Company’s the theater is a blank page Dazzles

Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse was published in 1927, an era still haunted by World War I, and is a modernist landmark as well as a novel that had a deep impact on this critic as a child. the theater is a blank page, the new collaborative work by SITI Company and co-directed by SITI’s founder Anne […]

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Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Gruesome Playground Injuries is a Funny, Touching Romp

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Gruesome Playground Injuries is a Funny, Touching Romp

How much of the future is written out in early childhood, and how much of both the future and the past can be told by tracing our scars, are the central conceits in Rajiv Joseph’s earnest and funny Gruesome Playground Injuries, currently mounted by Warehouse Theatre Company in AJ’s Café downtown. More than anything else, Gruesome Playground […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s The Final Table Grapples With Power

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s The Final Table Grapples With Power

Herb Brown is a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, professor, and acclaimed novelist. CATCO is to be commended for presenting the world premier of his new play, The Final Table. New plays presented with this kind of a robust budget and professionalism and seriousness are always to be cheered on and taken seriously. You will not see […]

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