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See MadLab’s Glowing, Dystopian Allegory ‘Kitezh’ Through December 16

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See MadLab’s Glowing, Dystopian Allegory ‘Kitezh’ Through December 16

MadLab caps 2017 with the world premiere of Jennifer Feather Youngblood’s Kitezh opening last weekend. This rich production, directed by Amy Drake with assistance from Roxy Knepp, makes up for its unevenness with characters that wriggle out of the straitjacket of our expectations and a world that subverts cliche. Maestra (Colleen Dunne) leads her troupe of […]

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Eclipse’s Glass Shines When It Cuts Deep

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Eclipse’s Glass Shines When It Cuts Deep

Eclipse Theatre opened a world premiere of Michael Aman’s Glass, directed by Greg Smith,  this weekend. Glass is a fictional look at Tennessee Williams (Benjamin Turner) as he appears in Laurette Taylor’s (Kathy Strum) dressing room on the frigid Chicago opening night of his first success: The Glass Menagerie. This two-hander orbits – and sometimes crashes violently […]

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Shadowbox Live’s Fun, Fast ‘Circle of Blood’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Shadowbox Live’s Fun, Fast ‘Circle of Blood’

Shadowbox unveiled Circle of Blood this month. Jimmy Mak, writer, and Julie Klein, director, adapted this new original from David Mack’s graphic novel, Kabuki: Circle of Blood. Circle of Blood is set in a near-future Japan. Japan labors under a brand of martial law, ruled by The General (Tom Cardinal) and a board of directors. The story follows The […]

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CATCO’s Wrenching, Marvelous Fun Home Runs Through October 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO’s Wrenching, Marvelous Fun Home Runs Through October 1

CATCO kicked off their 2017-18 season with a supernova this past week. A wrenching, marvelous production of Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori’s (music) adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home. Fun Home arrives in Columbus with the bar set high by the play’s pedigree racking up Tony, Lucille Lortel and Obie […]

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Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

The Glass Menagerie has lost none of its ability to darkly resonate with audiences, even 71 years after its Broadway debut. Short North Stage proves that again with their stellar new production directed by Edward Carignan opening this weekend. The Glass Menagerie retains its power perched at the intersection of rich, poetic, language and the ugly truth […]

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Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Perfect Arrangement Takes a Skewed, Funny Look at Dark Period in US History

Much has been written and performed about the horrific Cerberus of American paranoia: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Roy Cohn. Perfect Arrangement, Topher Payne’s  sharp, funny, and biting look at the human cost of that trio’s “Lavender Scare” opened at Evolution on Thursday directed by Beth Kattelman. Perfect Arrangement focuses on long-term State Department […]

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MadLab’s Vibrant, Warm Counter/Top Runs Though August 26

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab’s Vibrant, Warm Counter/Top Runs Though August 26

MadLab’s Fall 2017 season dedicated to premieres bursts strong off the blocks with Kirin McCrory’s Counter/Top directed by Megan Mateer. Counter/Top takes place in a diner you think has been right off the highway forever. Miss Betty (Catherine Cryan) presides over the scene, den mother, mediator and magistrate. Adrift Liza (Kayla Theis) hints she’s at the diner more […]

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