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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Remarkable You Got Older

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Remarkable You Got Older

For most of us, the self-knowledge that arrives with adulthood doesn’t come with a beam of light packing an epiphany or an easily digestible koan. For many of us, it’s closer to picking at scabs. The play of the last ten years that best understands that is Clare Barron’s You Got Older which opened in a magnificent […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Ten Things I Kate About You

Richard Albert Richard Albert Columbus Makes Art Presents: Ten Things I Kate About You

Amanda Phillips is starring as Petruchio in Columbus Civic Theater’s upcoming production of The Taming of The Shrew, and we talked a bit with her about what she thinks about Shakespeare, her husband and playing a dude. To force the pun in the title, we imposed ten questions upon the Shakespearean actress: Richard: You are […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s “Body Heat” Generates Some Steam

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s “Body Heat” Generates Some Steam

It’s almost as much of a tradition as their annual Holiday Hoopla that in the coldest months of the year, local music and sketch comedy institution Shadowbox’s mind turns to lust and love. The newest iteration of this sexy show, Body Heat, is a mixed bag like usual but has plenty of rewards for the faithful and […]

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Theatre Review: Don Nigro’s Dark, Delightful ‘Chaplin Plays’ at Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Don Nigro’s Dark, Delightful ‘Chaplin Plays’ at Short North Stage

Sartre’s hell of “other people” and the hell we make ourselves present their similar and unique challenges in Wild Women Writing’s production of playwright Don Nigro’s The Chaplin Plays: A Double Feature that opened Thursday at Short North Stage. This production, directed by Katherine Burkman, of Tramp on Tightrope With Monkeys and Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess, might disappoint those […]

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Theatre Preview: Emotional and Playful Shows Coming Up at The Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Emotional and Playful Shows Coming Up at The Wexner Center

The Wexner Center’s bringing two shows from England’s acclaimed Forced Entertainment troupe as part of a small tour including NYC’s PS122 COIL Festival and Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum. This tour includes the US premiere of their new work, Real Magic, along with a revival of their crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking 2011 Tomorrow’s Parties. Artistic Director Tim Etchells said, in Caridad Svich’s Trans-Global […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Gallery Players closes 2016 with recent Broadway musical 13. The ebullient score by Jason Robert Brown shines in this production directed by Ryan Scarlata with assistant director Emma Lou Andrews and choreographed by Scarlata and Katie Wagner. The paint-by-numbers book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn follows Evan Goldman (Neil Kalef) who gets transported in the […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Delightful Christmas in Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Delightful Christmas in Columbus

Continuing the tradition of last year, Short North Stage is presenting an original musical. Directed, choreographed, and co-written (with Jackie Comisar) by Dionysia Williams, Christmas in Columbus features a handful of mostly snappy original songs woven amidst classics like “We Need a Little Christmas” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.” Christmas in Columbus follows the Holiday […]

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