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Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

In 1974, Stephen King’s best-selling debut novel Carrie set the tone for his character-driven, gut-wrenching horror and cemented itself as a pop culture phenomenon with the Brian De Palma film adaptation two years later. When I read Carrie as an adolescent, over a decade later, it kept every ounce of its ability to shock and, […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring Revives With Leonard Nimoy’s Homage to ‘Vincent’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring Revives With Leonard Nimoy’s Homage to ‘Vincent’

Red Herring returns to in-person entertainment in its terrific storefront space with a crowd-pleaser of another era, Vincent, Leonard Nimoy’s 1981 one-person homage to Vincent Van Gogh through the eyes of his brother Theo, directed by Michael Herring and with both parts played by Stefan Langer. Langer assails the highpoints of Van Gogh’s adult life […]

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The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns with Thought-Provoking Plays

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns with Thought-Provoking Plays

The Columbus Black Theatre Festival by Mine 4 God Productions has grown into one of the brightest lights on the annual theatrical calendar. After a hurried -but successful- experimental pivot to Zoom last year, and the loss of their traditional home at downtown’s Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the festival returns with live performances in […]

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MadLab Returns With Their 25th Season and New Artistic Director Will Macke

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab Returns With Their 25th Season and New Artistic Director Will Macke

I’ve reviewed many shows in the intervening years. Still, the last general article on our longest-running company devoted exclusively to new work, MadLab, came in 2015 when I corresponded with then-Artistic Director Andy Batt as they set out on their 20th season.  As we inch our way toward whatever normal looks like, MadLab announced a […]

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Theater Review: Actors’ Theatre Presents Grim, Moving Slice of Theatrical History With ‘The African Company Presents Richard III’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Actors’ Theatre Presents Grim, Moving Slice of Theatrical History With ‘The African Company Presents Richard III’

Actors’ Theatre continues their Changes season with a moving version of Carlyle Brown’s 1994 breakout historical drama The African Company Presents Richard III directed by David Glover. The African Company of New York thrived in the 1820s in New York City with popular productions of Shakespeare’s work downtown at the African Grove, founded by William […]

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Theater Review: Evolution’s Delightful Romp Through ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Evolution’s Delightful Romp Through ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Charles Busch helped coalesce a new gay theatre movement in downtown New York in the ‘80s and his work continues to resonate and reverberate through film adaptations and countless revivals. To celebrate 2021’s Pride Month, Columbus’ LGBTQQIAA company, Evolution Theatre, presents a jubilant run through Busch’s breakthrough hit, 1984’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, directed by […]

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Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre Returns With Delightful ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre Returns With Delightful ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

The much-missed Actors’ Theatre of Columbus brought the stage in Schiller Park back to life last weekend after a dark year with one of Shakespeare’s most accessible comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Philip J. Hickman and Cat McAlpine.  The phenomenal set by Brendan Michna and costumes courtesy of Tonya Marie (of Gypsycat Studios) […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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