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Theatre Preview: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson in Collaboration Between Denison University and Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson in Collaboration Between Denison University and Short North Stage

One of the best things about the year-long August Wilson Festival has been watching overlap and collaboration between different companies and artists in the service of one of the greatest American playwrights. That adds a student dimension this week with the collaboration between Short North Stage and Denison University on a production of one of […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage Does Right by August Wilson’s Fences

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage Does Right by August Wilson’s Fences

Fences might be the greatest American play of the 20th century and, with a lot of stiff competition, I think is August Wilson’s masterpiece. It’s a perfect choice for the centerpiece of Short North Stage’s August Wilson Festival and the opening of SNS’s 2016-2017 season. Their production, directed by Mark Clayton Southers, while not without flaws, […]

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Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

The August Wilson Festival is a much-deserved celebration of one of the greatest American playwrights and a rich experiment on a scale I’m not sure Columbus has previously attempted. It continues and kicks into overdrive with Wilson’s first play to be produced on Broadway, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which opened (after remarks from the playwright’s brother) at […]

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Theatre Review: Past Productions’ Two Trains Running is A Breathtaking Snapshot of History

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Past Productions’ Two Trains Running is A Breathtaking Snapshot of History

Two Trains Running, August Wilson’s play in the Pittsburgh Cycle covering the ’60s is one of the great American plays of the 20th century, by a writer who laid claim to that distinction more often than almost anyone. It gets a presentation equal to the play, directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush, through Past Productions as part of […]

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