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Review: MadLab Closes 2018-2019 Season With Science Fiction Satire Happy Pills

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: MadLab Closes 2018-2019 Season With Science Fiction Satire Happy Pills

MadLab opens their premiere of Alyssa Cokinis’ science fiction satire Happy Pills in a production directed by Dallas Ray this weekend. Happy Pills takes place in a post-apocalyptic Bethesda, MD, where Fern (Audrey Marie Craddick) finds even nuclear blasts and suburban DC’s conversion into a conflagration of walled cities doesn’t change her problems very much. […]

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Denison University Presents Immersive Play ‘Information For Foreigners’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Denison University Presents Immersive Play ‘Information For Foreigners’

Plays of protest don’t get much more powerful than Argentinian writer Griselda Gambaro’s 1974 Information for Foreigners. Denison University presents an intriguing new staging of this underrated classic. As with many things, necessity was the mother of invention, as director Eleni Papaleonardos told me when we spoke by phone. “Denison is finishing up building a […]

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Review: OSU Theatre Presents Her Naked Skin

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: OSU Theatre Presents Her Naked Skin

Her Naked Skin zooms in on a pivotal year in the fight for women’s rights, 1913-1914. Its scenes present snapshots of the suffragettes’ adaptation of tactics from the Irish Rebellion, including vandalism and hunger strikes, before they suspended the campaign in a gesture of unity during WWI. The spine of the play, and its strongest […]

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Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

The OSU Department of Theatre presents Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-finalist The Wolves in a raw, stripped-down, and switchblade-sharp production directed by Elizabeth Wellman, opening this weekend. The Wolves follows the eponymous soccer team, part of a U17 girls’ indoor league for the latter half of their season. Each scene takes place before or after a week’s […]

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Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Red Herring continues their ambitious season with the world premiere of Creighton James’ dark comedy Dirt in a visceral, frenetic mounting directed by Amanda Phillips. Dirt recasts Sam Shepard’s working-class surrealism as a cartoonish farce. Jimmy (Benjamin Turner) returns to his hometown in the heart of coal country Pennsylvania for the first time in seven […]

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Review: Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s “The Flood”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s “The Flood”

Drama — across genres and media — is rife with water rising above characters’ heads, in both a literal and figurative sense. The most recent example of this is the engaging one-act original commission by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, The Flood, premiering this weekend. If you grew up in Columbus, especially on the […]

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Wexner Audiences Take a Tour of the 20th Century Through Dance with “Paramodernities”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Wexner Audiences Take a Tour of the 20th Century Through Dance with “Paramodernities”

Wexner Center audiences got their first taste of acclaimed New York-based dancer Netta Yerushalmy in Joanna Kotze’s antic, beautiful IT HAPPENED IT HAD HAPPENED IT IS HAPPENING IT WILL HAPPEN in February 2018. Yerushalmy returns to Columbus this weekend with one of the most intriguing choreographic projects in recent memory: Paramodernities. Yerushalmy’s website calls Paramodernities […]

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