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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Hilarious and Painful Appropriate

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Hilarious and Painful Appropriate

Happy families have no place on the stage since King Lear and before. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, opening this weekend in a visceral, hot-blooded production directed by David J. Glover for Available Light, skewers the contemporary model of toxic-family play, sets it on fire, and illuminates ugly truths about the human condition from a fresh, surprising […]

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Berlin’s Zvizdal: [Chernobyl – So Far So Close] Makes US Debut at Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Berlin’s Zvizdal: [Chernobyl – So Far So Close] Makes US Debut at Wexner Center

On December 25-26 in 1986, in the northern Ukranian town Pripyat, a safety test led to a level seven nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant. For more than three decades hence, “Chernobyl” has been synonymous with the hubris of man and the devastating potential of technology. The Belgian troupe, Berlin, spent five years visiting […]

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Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Short North Stage draws a curtain on 2018 with a burst of Mediterranean sunshine in their jubilant production of the smash hit, ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaes and book by Catherine Johnson, directed and choreographed by Dionysia Williams. ABBA’s evergreen songs master an uncommon blend of […]

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“The body goes through incantations of itself” | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Brings Seancers to the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford “The body goes through incantations of itself” | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Brings Seancers to the Wexner Center

The Wexner Center closes out the 2018 performing arts schedule on a high note with Séancers, a righteous, provocative piece from Detroit-born poet and performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Kosoko’s work exemplifies the blend of artistic disciplines with globally-minded thought, connections to local scenes, and an intensely personal point of view that’s the best of […]

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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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