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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

John Badham and Robert Stigwood’s 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever is remembered largely for its soundtrack and a few indelible pop culture images, but it’s always been a darker, more complicated story of Brooklyn strivers terrified of being left behind and the community and catharsis found in a dance club. Short North Stage continues […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Gallery Players closes 2019 with a frenzied, funny ride through the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics), directed by Tim Browning.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Jay Rittberger) on a tip from family […]

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Dance Preview: The Wexner Center Presents World Premiere of FluxFlow’s ‘Ursula’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: The Wexner Center Presents World Premiere of FluxFlow’s ‘Ursula’

One of the most heartening changes with the new Wexner Center regime has been a rejuvenated interest in local artists. They bring the 2019 performing arts season to a close with Ursula – a brand new commission from Clintonville’s FluxFlow Dance Company, founded by Columbus native Russell Lepley and his partner Filippo Pelacchi. FluxFlow rapidly […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

CATCO leans into its core strengths with an invigorating production of Samm-Art Williams’ mythopoetic 1980 Tony nominee Home directed by David S. Harewood. Home traces the journey of Cephus (Rico Romalus Parker) through a vibrant abstraction of the mid-20th century black experience (including the Great Migration and Vietnam), watching his friends die and society turn […]

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Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

The Wexner Center for the Arts has cultivated relationships with cutting-edge dance and theatre artists from around the world throughout its 30-year history. That trend continues this weekend as they present the North American premiere tour of Marrakech-born and Brussels-based choreographer Raduoan Mriziga’s 7. Mriziga studied in Tunisia and France before making his way to […]

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Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Ad Hoc Theatre Company formed under the mission statement “to support Planned Parenthood by creating beautiful art about powerful women.” They lean into that mission with a vibrant, challenging take on Arthur Kopit’s 1965 absurdist comedy Chamber Music, directed by Jeb Bigelow. Bigelow has assembled one of the strongest casts I’ve ever seen in a […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Red Herring Productions wrap up their run at the Franklinton Playhouse with an electrifying production of Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning family drama The Humans, directed by McKenzi Swinehart. The Humans takes place in real-time as Brigid Blake (Becca Kravitz) and Richard Saad (Brian A. Palmer) host Brigid’s parents, Erik (Christopher Moore Griffin) and Deirdre (Nancy Skaggs), […]

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