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Theatre Preview: Stan’s Cafe’s The Cardinals Presents a Zany, Irreverent Religious Satire

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Stan’s Cafe’s The Cardinals Presents a Zany, Irreverent Religious Satire

Since 1991, the Stan’s Cafe troupe (based in London, England) has earned its acclaim through immersive, multimedia theatrical collaborations that traffic in the real world seen from inventive and unexpected angles. The Wexner Center for the Arts brings them to Columbus on the heels of an appearance at The Public Theater’s acclaimed Under the Radar […]

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Theatre Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Struggles Mightily With Its Themes

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Struggles Mightily With Its Themes

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is arguably the great American play of the last 50+ years. That it still speaks to our neuroses about ambition, impotence, frustration as clearly and bracingly and hilariously as it does is a testament to its power. Adrenaline Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling such a […]

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Theatre Preview: Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players performance of Isolde

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players performance of Isolde

The story of Tristan and Isolde (sometimes spelled Tristram and Iseult or Yseult) is one of the archetypal love triangles and has been told again and again since taking the broad outlines of its final form in the 13th century as the Prose Tristan. Adapted as part of the Knights of the Round Table by […]

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Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Sex at the Box: Uneven But With Some Raunchy Delights

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Shadowbox’s Sex at the Box: Uneven But With Some Raunchy Delights

The hardest things to review are the erotic and the comic. What makes us laugh and what arouses us are so specific to each person that what works for someone will leave someone else utterly cold. So it was a double challenge to watch Shadowbox’s new show, Sex at the Box, with an eye toward […]

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Theatre Review: This is Our Youth: A Harrowing, Moving Trip Down Memory Lane

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: This is Our Youth: A Harrowing, Moving Trip Down Memory Lane

Kenneth Lonergan’s first major theatrical success was This is Our Youth, which opened off-Broadway in 1996 and just had an acclaimed Broadway revival this year. So Warehouse Theatre Company’s second production in their revived series (after an almost ten year hiatus) is riding a wave of interest and couldn’t come at a better time, and […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s She Kills Monsters a Delightful Journey into Fantasy

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s She Kills Monsters a Delightful Journey into Fantasy

Available Light has its first home-run of the season with Ian Short’s production of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters. The play picks up in 1995, a couple years after Agnes Evans’ (Krista Lively Stauffer) younger sister and parents were killed in a car accident near Athens, Ohio, where she’s teaching at her high school alma […]

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