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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

CATCO leans into its core strengths with an invigorating production of Samm-Art Williams’ mythopoetic 1980 Tony nominee Home directed by David S. Harewood. Home traces the journey of Cephus (Rico Romalus Parker) through a vibrant abstraction of the mid-20th century black experience (including the Great Migration and Vietnam), watching his friends die and society turn […]

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Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Dance Preview: North American Premiere of Radouan Mriziga’s ‘7’ Comes to Wexner Center

The Wexner Center for the Arts has cultivated relationships with cutting-edge dance and theatre artists from around the world throughout its 30-year history. That trend continues this weekend as they present the North American premiere tour of Marrakech-born and Brussels-based choreographer Raduoan Mriziga’s 7. Mriziga studied in Tunisia and France before making his way to […]

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Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Ad Hoc Theatre Company formed under the mission statement “to support Planned Parenthood by creating beautiful art about powerful women.” They lean into that mission with a vibrant, challenging take on Arthur Kopit’s 1965 absurdist comedy Chamber Music, directed by Jeb Bigelow. Bigelow has assembled one of the strongest casts I’ve ever seen in a […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Red Herring Productions wrap up their run at the Franklinton Playhouse with an electrifying production of Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning family drama The Humans, directed by McKenzi Swinehart. The Humans takes place in real-time as Brigid Blake (Becca Kravitz) and Richard Saad (Brian A. Palmer) host Brigid’s parents, Erik (Christopher Moore Griffin) and Deirdre (Nancy Skaggs), […]

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Theatre Preview: Available Light Summons Unabashed Empathy in Columbus Premiere of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Available Light Summons Unabashed Empathy in Columbus Premiere of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Cheryl Strayed cuts a deep and personal swath through the American moment in her novels and memoirs. Her time as an advice columnist for The Rumpus stood as both an outlier and an apotheosis, turning her hard-won life lessons into the sharp caring her readers needed. Playwright Nia Vardalos – best known for My Big […]

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Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Upon its debut in 1957, West Side Story transplanted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the youth gangs of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, electrified America, and solidified movements in musical theatre to tackle more complex, realistic subject matter. This collaboration of Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), and Jerome Robbins (choreography and direction), […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

MadLab opens their 2019-20 season with a regional premiere of The Spare Room, Dakota C. Hill’s meditation on love in the face of tragedy, directed by James Blackmon. The Spare Room traces the reverberations forward and backward in time made by a short, sharp shock of a tragedy that set the cozy, domestic love between […]

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