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Theatre Review: CATCO’s [title of show] is Explosive, Electric, and Warm

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s [title of show] is Explosive, Electric, and Warm

[title of show] is one of the freshest, funniest musicals of the last 10 years (it premiered at a festival in 2004 but its final form didn’t take shape until the 2006 commercial run at Vineyard Theatre). Jeff Bowen (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bell’s (book) show takes one of the hoariest and most often attempted […]

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Theatre Review: Shots in the Dark’s Beautiful Cul de Sac Runs in Place and Stumbles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shots in the Dark’s Beautiful Cul de Sac Runs in Place and Stumbles

Shots in the Dark Independent Theatre Company has a reputation in Columbus for ambitious, left-of-center work, with a particular eye toward musicals, as in their heartbreaking take on Next to Normal a few seasons ago. It’s rare for original work by local creators to get the kind of fully-staged production they’ve given to Stefan Farrenkopf’s Beautiful Cul […]

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Art Makes Columbus: Eric Barker Sets the Stage for Local Theater

Walker Evans Walker Evans Art Makes Columbus: Eric Barker Sets the Stage for Local Theater

Art Makes Columbus. Columbus Makes Art. The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) is launching a new five-year marketing campaign to highlight the innovation and connectedness in the local arts community. The new program will highlight both individual artists and organizations from a wide variety of visual and performing arts mediums, with a goal of increasing […]

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Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Clybourne Park has Teeth

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Clybourne Park has Teeth

Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer-winning satire Clybourne Park gets a nigh-perfect production to kick off Otterbein University’s Summer Theatre Season. Clybourne Park starts from a high concept. The two acts are set in the house the family in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun were set to move into at the end of that play. The first act is […]

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Theatre Review: SRO’s The Fantasticks is Luminous

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: SRO’s The Fantasticks is Luminous

The Fantasticks, in addition to being the longest running musical anywhere, is one of the most produced shows for regional theatre. Standing Room Only (SRO), one of Columbus’s storied repertory theatres, ends their 30th anniversary season with a production that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but shines light on what makes this show so enduring and […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Buyer & Cellar is a Gleeful, Funny Triumph

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Buyer & Cellar is a Gleeful, Funny Triumph

CATCO finishes their 2014-2015 season with one of the most purely joyous and delightful shows I’ve seen so far this year, Jonathan Tollins’ Buyer & Cellar. The original run of this one-man show was a sizable Off-Broadway hit when it was staged by one of my favorite NYC theatre companies, Rattlestick, but my trips in […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s The Christians is a Provocative Look at Faith and Pride

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s The Christians is a Provocative Look at Faith and Pride

Available Light’s season ends with a bang and a headful of questions in Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, directed by Acacia Duncan. This is a hard play to write about because not only is it idea-dense, it’s hard to describe without recounting all of the events in more minute detail. I’m going to try not to give […]

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