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Fun, Fast Circle of Blood at Shadowbox Live

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Fun, Fast Circle of Blood at Shadowbox Live

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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Bad Taste as Tonic in Red Herring’s Mr. Marmalade

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Bad Taste as Tonic in Red Herring’s Mr. Marmalade

Sometimes bad taste is a vital corrective to sensibilities gone stale. Red Herring’s new production of Noah Haidle’s comedy Mr. Marmalade, directed by Michael Garrett Herring brings a carnival of that refreshing tastelessness. Mr. Marmalade looks at life through the eyes of four-year-old Lucy (Katie Tolerton). Lucy passes back and forth under the less-than-watchful eyes of a […]

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CCT’s Exuberant Spring Awakening

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CCT’s Exuberant Spring Awakening

Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Advanced Performance Academy Young Adult Ensemble have turned their Park Street theater over to work of bent toward decidedly mature audiences. Broadway smash Spring Awakening by Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music) based on the 19th-century play by Frank Wedekind gets a charged take from director Greg Hellems. Spring Awakening follows […]

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