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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Dust Bowl Fantasticks Puts a Dusky Tint on a Classic

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Dust Bowl Fantasticks Puts a Dusky Tint on a Classic

Short North Stage is closing their 2015-2016 season with a fantastic production of the longest-running musical in American history, The Fantasticks, directed by Jonathan Flom, that opened last week. The in-the-round presentation is the wildest reinvention yet of the Garden Theater’s smaller Green Room space. The audience surrounds Jonathan Sabo’s just-specific-enough set: a wooden platform in the […]

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Theatre Review: It’s About Time! and You Again at Short North Stage Present a Wistful Take on Growing Up and Getting By

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: It’s About Time! and You Again at Short North Stage Present a Wistful Take on Growing Up and Getting By

A co-production between Short North Stage and Wild Women Writing opened at Short North Stage on Thursday. Consisting of two lovely new plays written and directed by Katherine H. Burkman, It’s About Time! and You Again delve into time’s undertow on all of us. It’s About Time! is a time travel story about two couples. Jenny (Colleen Dunne) is […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Leo Schwartz’s musical is a high-concept mash-up parody of and tribute to The Book of Mormon and the classic raunchy theatre epitomized by Ethel Merman. The production directed by Bryan Adam, opened last week at Evolution Theatre Company and runs a little long but is full of screwball set pieces rife with plucky charm and can-do spirit. […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: The Winter’s Tale at Actors’ Theatre with Director Micah Logsdon

Scott Vezdos Scott Vezdos Columbus Makes Art Presents: The Winter’s Tale at Actors’ Theatre with Director Micah Logsdon

Micah Logsdon has performed, written, directed and administered theater for more than 20 years. We sat down with him to discuss his directorial process for Actors’ Theatre’s upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and its Appalachian setting. Scott Vezdos: Describe your art and your creative process. Micah Logsdon: I don’t know if I’m […]

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Theatre Review: Otterbein Ends Their 50th Summer Season with a Rapturous Grand Night for Singing

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Otterbein Ends Their 50th Summer Season with a Rapturous Grand Night for Singing

A Grand Night for Singing, a Tony-nominated revue of the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, hits all the right notes in the production directed by David Hemlsey Caldwell that opened at Otterbein on Thursday to close their 50th summer season. This revue of 30+ Rodgers and Hammerstein songs is structured like an outdoor cabaret. A […]

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Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Masterful Angels in America is a Bracing Act of Love

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Warehouse Theatre’s Masterful Angels in America is a Bracing Act of Love

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes hit American theatre with an explosion when the first part premiered in 1991 and both parts together opened on Broadway in 1993. Warehouse Theatre’s new production of the first part, Millenium Approaches, directed by Kristofer Green, is a reminder of the potency of this […]

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Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Invention of Theatre is a Delicious Romp Through Theatrical History and the Reason we Make Art

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Otterbein’s Invention of Theatre is a Delicious Romp Through Theatrical History and the Reason we Make Art

The middle show of Otterbein’s 50th Summer Series departs from the tried and true of the rest of the season while still hitting those classic theatre pleasure centers. 2014 grad Sean Murphy returned with his one-act comedy Invention of Theater in a sparking, riotous production directed by Melissa Lusher. Invention of Theater follows nebbishy Kevin (Benjamin Folts) who falls under […]

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