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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: 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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Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Many of my favorite theatrical experiences in the before times resulted from collaborations between Evolution Theatre Company, under the leadership of Mark Schwamberger, and Joe Bishara, at the time with CATCO, including Breaking the Code and Corpus Christi. Schwamberger and Bishara renew their collaboration as part of the Abbey Theater’s exciting Virtual Theatre project with […]

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Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Presents World Premiere of the Story of Mary, Queen of Scots

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Presents World Premiere of the Story of Mary, Queen of Scots

The pandemic has changed life for all of us and the solutions throw a wrench in the way we’re used to experiencing performance art, for fans and especially for creators. When the shutdowns began, Dublin’s Abbey Theater had auditions scheduled in a week for 140 local children for productions of the musical Madagascar and the […]

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Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Original Productions Theatre’s inaugural season takes up Dublin’s lovely Abbey Theatre after several seasons as the home for Tantrum Theatre with Johnrick Hole’s charming and ambitious comedy Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed, directed by Donovan Johnson. Hole crafts a sly fantasy of political intrigue around the historical foreclosure of Shakespeare’s (Stefan Langer) first theatre and the use […]

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Arpana

  Arpana

Come enjoy an evening of multi-lingual Indian devotional songs by Singer Sumangaly (Vocal) accompanied by Ohio artists- Lalit (Tabla), Anush (Keyboard), Sumamala (Veena) and followed by World Fusion Music by Rini, a band from NY. For more info and to share with friends, check out the facebook page.

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Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

From the moment it premiered Off-Broadway in 2008, Next to Normal was special. Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey’s (book and lyrics) leaped to the front of the pack of sophisticated musicals that grapple with serious, adult themes. It’s also one of the finest examples of the even rarer group (still) of stage musicals that integrate […]

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