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Theater Review: Original Productions Theatre’s Empathetic ‘Bound for Albania’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Original Productions Theatre’s Empathetic ‘Bound for Albania’

Johnrick Hole’s writing pinged my radar years ago, when a friend suggested I should see a reading at the Riffe Studio theaters (I believe it was CATCO adjacent in some way) of his short pieces and monologues. I was at once struck by his command of voices and deep love for people. He’s carried those strengths with him into longer, more […]

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Theater Review: Evolution Theatre’s Sweet and Charming ‘Story of My Life’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Evolution Theatre’s Sweet and Charming ‘Story of My Life’

This past weekend, Evolution opened a lovely production of Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill’s (book) Broadway musical The Story of My Life, directed by Mark Phillips Schwamberger.  This production finds Joe Bishara returning to the role he crafted for the regional premiere in 2012: Thomas Weaver, best-selling writer and escapee of the unnamed little town he grew up […]

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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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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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