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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

For over 20 years, Suzanne Bocanegra’s work across media has combined a voracious curiosity, a keen eye for history, and most of all a sense of rapture specific to collage. In Bomb, composer Julia Wolfe said, “Bocanegra’s art is human, historical, filled with the material of life, highly organized and highly messy all at the […]

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PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

PAST Productions returns to Columbus stages after mounting several productions and readings in the August Wilson Festival no one will soon forget. This time, they’re taking on the work of one of Wilson’s primary inspirations, Lonnie Elder III. Elder’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men opened last weekend in a production directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush and runs through […]

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Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Jennifer Schlueter, Associate Professor and Fellow of Curriculum and New Program Development in the OSU Department of Theatre, is also Joint Artistic Director of the for/word company. Known for acclaimed performances from New York to Chicago to Seattle, the company brings Schlueter’s newest play, Patience Worth, to OSU’s Barnett Hall for a limited engagement. Patience Worth delves into the story […]

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Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Short North Stage isn’t resting for long between their extended, sold-out run of Hand to God and their upcoming anticipated production of Spamalot. This week they’re staging a reading of one of the most important pieces of political theatre of the last 40 years: Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. This reading coincides with the 30th anniversary of AZT’s approval […]

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Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Over their ten-plus years, one of the most important things Available Light has done is showcase new voices and bring new work to Columbus. The most visible manifestation of that mission is their Next Stage Initiative. Every year, Next Stage Initiative is one of my favorite parts of the cultural calendar and essential viewing for […]

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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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