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Theatre Review: SRO Theatre’s Big River Tries to Conjure a Bygone America

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: SRO Theatre’s Big River Tries to Conjure a Bygone America

Big River is easily one of my favorite musicals ever, certainly my favorite musical to come out in the 1980s. Some of that is nostalgia, it was the first touring production of a Broadway show I ever saw as a child. But more than that, it might be the finest synthesis of adaptor and source material, […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project) Finds the Universal in the Very Specific

Available Light’s Feels Like (the body project), which opened last night, takes on maybe the hardest challenge of any art but one uniquely suited for theatre: finding ways to talk about what we, as humans, are incapable of ever really talking about. And so, Columbus’ most verbal, verbose, witty theatre company – under the sure hand […]

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Theatre Review: OSU’s Coast of Illyria is a Devastating Look at The Ways We Cripple Ourselves

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: OSU’s Coast of Illyria is a Devastating Look at The Ways We Cripple Ourselves

Even for big fans of eviscerating wit and gimlet-eyed truth-teller Dorothy Parker – to be clear, this writer considers himself among them – her handful of forays into playwrighting have been harder to grasp and harder still to embrace. It felt as though she traded her trademark concision for a sprawl that made it hard […]

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Dance Review: Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance is Pure Wonder

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Review: Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance is Pure Wonder

One of the things any live performance does is remind the audience that right now we’re all here experiencing something together. At its best, it gives a chest-filling joy that we can’t get anywhere else. Choreographer Faye Driscoll’s new piece, Thank You for Coming: Attendance which opened at the Wexner Center for the does that better than […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: CATCO’s Steven C. Anderson on Building a Theatre Season and Taking a Dig at Chekhov

Sarah Bacha Sarah Bacha Columbus Makes Art Presents: CATCO’s Steven C. Anderson on Building a Theatre Season and Taking a Dig at Chekhov

As producing director at CATCO, Steven C. Anderson determines the plays the theatre organization will produce each season, a balancing act, if you will, to stage productions that have broad appeal for the very young to millennials to empty nesters, and, at the same time, serve up the right mix of classics and current works. […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Isn’t Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Isn’t Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Christopher Durang’s 2013 Broadway hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a riff on Anton Chekhov’s themes, taking place in a very similar country home to his settings, only this time in modern day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It comes to Columbus in a well-acted CATCO production, directed by David Hemsley Caldwell, that feels small. The […]

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Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Luminous Fiddler on the Roof has Charm to Spare

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Luminous Fiddler on the Roof has Charm to Spare

Since debuting in 1964 and becoming the longest-running show on Broadway at the time (still in the Top 20), Fiddler on the Roof, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Hamrick, and book by Joseph Stein adapted from the stories by Sholem Aleichem, has charmed and delighted audiences with its look at the human […]

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