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“The Stories We Tell Are A Currency for Meaning and Living” | The White Album Comes to the Mershon Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford “The Stories We Tell Are A Currency for Meaning and Living” | The White Album Comes to the Mershon Stage

No one is creating more interesting, moving, experimental theatre work in the present moment than Los Angeles-based artist Lars Jan. I saw his cavalcade of raw emotion, intellectual rigor, and dazzling spectacle, The Institute of Memory, at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival in 2016, and it was the most heard-of piece through the […]

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eMBer Women’s Theatre’s Vibrant Love, Loss and What I Wore

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford eMBer Women’s Theatre’s Vibrant Love, Loss and What I Wore

With their second full production, eMBer Women’s Theatre takes on Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway smash Love, Loss, and What I Wore, (adapted from the book by Ilene Beckerman) directed by Michelle Batt. With this second production, the company establishes itself as a vital voice in Columbus theatre. Love, Loss, and What I Wore […]

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Available Light Presents Nassim Soleimanpour’s International Hit White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Presents Nassim Soleimanpour’s International Hit White Rabbit Red Rabbit

“I want to find at least one show every season [that makes the audience listen differently],” says Elini Papaleonardos, Artistic Director of Available Light. They’ve already set the bar high with moving, interactive experiences like Every Brilliant Thing and Paradise Park Zoo. They stand to take on an even more daring and challenging show, opening […]

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Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Short North Stage continue their season with a beautiful version of the hit drag comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein’s (book) 1983 Broadway adaptation of Jean Poiret’s play is directed by Michael Licata and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Albin (Thom Christopher Warren) is the star attraction at La […]

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CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

CATCO and Evolution Theatre Company continue their streak of superlative co-productions with their engrossing, moving production of Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code, directed by Joe Bishara. Breaking the Code refracts and illuminates the life of computer science and cryptanalysis legend Alan Turing (Ian Short). This production, under Bishara’s assured hand, captures the elegance of the […]

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Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Columbus

Disney’s stage adaptations of their animated musicals are surefire crowd-pleasers. That trend continues when the national tour of Aladdin rolls into town this month. I spoke with Zach Bencal who originated the role of Babkak on this, the first national tour, including Columbus, by phone from the Atlanta stop on the tour. Bencal’s infectious enthusiasm was […]

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Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Gallery Players kicks off its landmark 70th season with a spare, beautiful production of Falsettos, music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and William Finn, directed by Ross Shirley. We meet the “hero” of Falsettos, Marvin (Will Macke), in 1979, right after he’s left his wife Trina (Rachel Hertenstein) and son […]

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