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Theater Preview: Katherine Burkman’s ‘Coffee Shop Blues’ Premieres in Digital Form

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Katherine Burkman’s ‘Coffee Shop Blues’ Premieres in Digital Form

For many years, Katherine Burkman has been a steadying, forward-thinking presence in Columbus’ literary and theatrical worlds. As a professor, novelist, playwright, director, and the organizer of collectives Women At Play and Wild Women Writing, she’s helped Columbus grow into the vibrant scene we’re all lucky to share. It’s no surprise that as word circulated […]

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CATCO/CATCO Is Kids Opens 2020-21 Season with ‘Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO/CATCO Is Kids Opens 2020-21 Season with ‘Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow’

CATCO and CATCO is Kids return, joining the brave artists pivoting to streaming work during the pandemic, with a new Artistic Director, Leda Hoffmann, in an exciting partnership with the King Arts Complex for KAC’s The HeART of Protest social justice collaboration. Hoffmann came to Columbus and CATCO from acclaimed runs at Strawdog Theatre in […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Current times have forced all of us to be flexible in the face of new regulations, new requirements, and new data. As recently as a couple of months ago when I previewed their moving online adaptation of Andrew Lippa’s John & Jen, Short North Stage still hoped to open their 2020-21 season with the roaring […]

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Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Many of my favorite theatrical experiences in the before times resulted from collaborations between Evolution Theatre Company, under the leadership of Mark Schwamberger, and Joe Bishara, at the time with CATCO, including Breaking the Code and Corpus Christi. Schwamberger and Bishara renew their collaboration as part of the Abbey Theater’s exciting Virtual Theatre project with […]

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Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Presents World Premiere of the Story of Mary, Queen of Scots

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Presents World Premiere of the Story of Mary, Queen of Scots

The pandemic has changed life for all of us and the solutions throw a wrench in the way we’re used to experiencing performance art, for fans and especially for creators. When the shutdowns began, Dublin’s Abbey Theater had auditions scheduled in a week for 140 local children for productions of the musical Madagascar and the […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Every piece of our lives changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Theater and performance art, which depends on a circuit of energy, a connection of being in the same room at the same time, suddenly screeched to a halt. For the last few months, theatrical troupes have mulled over “What’s next?”  Many of […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Spirited ‘Young Frankenstein’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Spirited ‘Young Frankenstein’

Love for the material animates the madcap frolicking of Short North Stage’s spirited production of Mel Brooks (book, music, and lyrics) and Tom Meehan’s (book) Broadway hit Young Frankenstein, directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan with assistant direction and choreography by Dionysia Williams. The play follows the outline of Brooks’ comedy film classic with Frederick […]

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