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Theatre Review: Retro Comedy in CATCO’s Educating Rita

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Retro Comedy in CATCO’s Educating Rita

CATCO’s season continues with a well-executed revival of Willy Russell’s ‘80s British comedy Educating Rita directed by Steven Anderson. Educating Rita follows the title character’s trying to change her life and outlook through education. Rita’s (Jenny Case) thirst for transformation starts with her name, a Bob Dylan-esque change inspired by Rita Mae Brown, right before […]

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SRO’s Too-Dry August: Osage County

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford SRO’s Too-Dry August: Osage County

Tracy Letts’ acid look at a family, August: Osage County, revitalized the appetite for a sprawling American play and collected almost every conceivable award (including the Tony and the Pulitzer) on the way. SRO presents an ambitious but flawed production directed by William Macke. August: Osage County focuses on a family beset by so many […]

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Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Red Herring opened the regional premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti, directed by Michael Garrett Herring, this weekend. It’s a lovely, warm look at how narratives shape our self-image and image in the world. It’s a stirring reminder of the reasons we all find inside ourselves to live. Chapatti focuses on two scratched-and-dented souls in Dublin, […]

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Short North Stage’s ‘Hair’ – An Exuberant Period Piece

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s ‘Hair’ – An Exuberant Period Piece

Short North Stage pulls out all the stops for their 50th Anniversary production of the groundbreaking Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, music by Galt MacDermot with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, directed, choreographed, and costume designed by Edward Carignan. Carignan’s Hair is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the […]

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Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, is a hilarious, ecstatic paean to the things that make us want to go on living. After acclaimed runs in London and New York, it arrives in Columbus in a perfect production, directed by Whitney Thomas Eads and starring Acacia Duncan, from Available Light. Duncan takes […]

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Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box Comes to the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box Comes to the Wexner Center

Almost 30 years after his death, and 80 years after his early research at Harvard, BF Skinner still looms large over our contemporary understanding of behavior. One of the most discussed looks at what he taught us and how those lessons have reverberated with later experimental psychologists – and why we still don’t always want […]

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Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Short North Stage teams up with the King Arts Complex to bring a new production of The Mountaintop to the Green Room at the Garden Theater directed by Alan Bomar Jones. The production coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. The Mountaintop announced Katori Hall, its playwright, as one of […]

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ALL THINGS BRUNCH FEST 2018!

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The biggest brunch festival in Columbus returns! Join us on Friday, April 20th for the ALL THINGS BRUNCH Festival and taste your way through the best sweet and savory brunch menus that Columbus has to offer! Limited tickets are available and are likely to sell out in advance:

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