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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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Theater Preview: Wex Brings Annie Dorsen’s Acclaimed “Yesterday Tomorrow” to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Wex Brings Annie Dorsen’s Acclaimed “Yesterday Tomorrow” to Columbus

Annie Dorsen uses technology and innovative techniques to reshape the contemporary theatrical landscape, and she’s done it without ever sacrificing the core humanity that connects us and keeps us coming back to her work. From co-creating and serving as the original director of the Tony-winning Passing Strange, through awards including a Guggenheim Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, […]

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Theater Review: OSU’s Righteous, Heartbreaking ‘Indecent’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: OSU’s Righteous, Heartbreaking ‘Indecent’

This week, OSU opened a raging, furious, beautiful local premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony-winning historical drama Indecent, directed by Beth Kattelman.  Indecent follows acclaimed Yiddish writer Sholem Asch through the joy and heartbreak of his first literary success, the play God of Vengeance. Structured as a classic theatre troupe, three men and three women play every role, divided by age of […]

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Theatre Review: Imagine’s Frenetic ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Imagine’s Frenetic ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

This weekend, Imagine Productions opened a jubilant, lively production of the 1962 farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart (book) and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics), directed by Chris Gallagher. This blending/tweaking of every classical theater trope follows Pseudolus (Brandon Boring), a slave owned by […]

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Theater Review: OSU Presents Columbus Premiere of Riveting, Relevant Historical Drama ‘Red Velvet’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: OSU Presents Columbus Premiere of Riveting, Relevant Historical Drama ‘Red Velvet’

Historical drama and varying accents can prove difficult for even experienced, adult actors, a difficulty that’s compounded for actors still learning their craft. So OSU’s local premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s British hit Red Velvet, set in the rough-and-tumble London theatrical scene of the 1830s (with a framing sequence in 1867), and given a vibrant mounting […]

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Theater Preview: Wexner Center Hosts Australia’s Back to Back Theatre’s First Ohio Appearance

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Wexner Center Hosts Australia’s Back to Back Theatre’s First Ohio Appearance

The Wexner Center has done an outstanding job of cultivating international relationships with companies, curators, and performers, for longer than I’ve been a regular attendee (about 25 years of its 31-year run). They’ve outdone themselves with their February offering. One of the most vivid, stunning, moving ensembles I’ve ever seen on a stage, Australia’s Back […]

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Theater Review: Red Herring’s Gripping ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Red Herring’s Gripping ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’

Lucas Hnath casts a long shadow as one of our greatest playwrights of ideas. Again and again, he takes people grappling with ideas and arguing about minute details – talking in a room – into captivating, rich drama. Red Herring’s area premiere of his Tony-winning sequel to Ibsen, A Doll’s House, Part 2, directed by […]

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