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Priyanka Shetty Premieres ‘#Charlottesville’ at the Abbey’s Virtual Theatre Project

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Priyanka Shetty Premieres ‘#Charlottesville’ at the Abbey’s Virtual Theatre Project

Since the pandemic began, the Abbey Theater of Dublin’s artistic director Joe Bishara has thrown himself into producing solo shows for streaming as part of the Virtual Theatre Project with a wide-ranging group of talents. Next in line, #Charlottesville is simultaneously a premiere and a reunion. I talked to Bishara and playwright and star Priyanka […]

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Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Gallery Players – a bright spot in the Columbus theater world for over 70 years – opened a run of She Loves Me on March 8, 2020. After only two performances, director Pamela Hill and the cast fully expected to return the following Thursday. The burgeoning pandemic had other ideas and the show – like […]

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Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Premieres Livestream of Julie Whitney Scott’s ‘Diary of Recovering Daughters’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Premieres Livestream of Julie Whitney Scott’s ‘Diary of Recovering Daughters’

Julie Whitney Scott has reshaped and enriched Columbus culture for the last 40 years as an author, poet, journalist, actor, playwright, director, and producer. Her new work, Diary of Recovering Daughters, premiering virtually through the Abbey Theatre of Dublin with Joe Bishara directing, uses a lifetime of experience both in the theatre and in her […]

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Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

CATCO’s Artistic Director Leda Hoffmann reached out to Detroit-based playwright Julianna Gonzalez to adapt her acclaimed modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – originally performed with Black and Brown Theatre – to Columbus audiences and to a digital presentation. I spoke with the playwright by Zoom. Last year, before taking the reins at […]

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Theater Preview: The Wexner Center Presents Taylor Mac’s ‘Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: The Wexner Center Presents Taylor Mac’s ‘Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!’

Few artists have put as indelible a stamp on American culture of the last 20 years as Taylor Mac – who uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. Mac: a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of Bessie, Obie, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards to barely scratch the surface.  Since 2017, Mac has returned to judy’s […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

The pandemic and its radiating effects are reshaping every beloved holiday tradition. The classic family shows we’re used to seeing from theatre companies are affected like everything else. Short North Stage continues their tradition of original holiday shows with a virtual twist, bringing us Quarantine With The Clauses. Director and company Artistic Director Edward Carignan […]

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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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