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Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

For almost 70 years, Guys and Dolls, with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on Damon Runyon’s short stories), and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, has charmed and enthralled audiences. Otterbein Summer Theatre’s sizzling production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz (also conducting the orchestra from the piano for original music director Samuel […]

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The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

All the finest culture is homegrown. Julie Whitney Scott’s Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) shines as an example of that truism, more pronounced than ever. For the last six years, CBTF has nurtured voices and shone a light to inspire writers and actors to bring their own truth to life. I interviewed Scott by email […]

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Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Since its stage debut in 1971, kicked into overdrive with the film version in 1978, America has swooned over the musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (additional songs by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, and Scott Simon & Louis St. Louis). Imagine’s season-closing production, directed by Cathy Cordy, restores and amplifies the ferocious hormones […]

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Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Original Productions Theatre’s inaugural season takes up Dublin’s lovely Abbey Theatre after several seasons as the home for Tantrum Theatre with Johnrick Hole’s charming and ambitious comedy Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed, directed by Donovan Johnson. Hole crafts a sly fantasy of political intrigue around the historical foreclosure of Shakespeare’s (Stefan Langer) first theatre and the use […]

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Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Drag and rock-and-roll both — among other duties — provide a tough, velvet chrysalis for a dark past to transform into something beautiful and defiant. One of the finest examples of the glory and transformative power of those art forms in a theatre is John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask’s (music and lyrics) cult […]

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Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Evolution kicks off their 2019 season with a handsome mounting of the area premiere of Mark Ridge’s riff on classic drawing room murder mysteries, The Vultures, directed by David S. Harewood. The Vultures unfurls at the mansion of a deceased publishing magnate 20 years after his death. Mr. West’s hatred of all living prospects for […]

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Review: Romeo and Juliet in Schiller Park

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Romeo and Juliet in Schiller Park

Actors’ Theatre’s inaugural show in the park (after their fun romp of Beowulf (and the Bard) indoors) this year is the evergreen story of young love going south in the face of deceit, history, and hunger: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Amanda Phillips. Phillips’ understanding that anxiety and grief drive the play fuels […]

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