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Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Available Light opens an exquisite production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon directed by Matt Slaybaugh. Slaybaugh and the cast grab the audience by the lapels and strap us into a roller coaster  through the twisted American landscape of race, class, and identity. They create a ride full of shocks, thrills, and riotous laughs that never […]

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Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, is a hilarious, ecstatic paean to the things that make us want to go on living. After acclaimed runs in London and New York, it arrives in Columbus in a perfect production, directed by Whitney Thomas Eads and starring Acacia Duncan, from Available Light. Duncan takes […]

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Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

For true theatre connoisseurs in Columbus, there isn’t a better time of year than Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative. As with last year, the core producing duo of Available Light Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh and for/word company Founder and Director Jennifer Schlueter are joined by Karie Miller, and this festival of brand-new work returns to […]

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See Available Light’s Raw, Incandescent “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Through January 27

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Available Light’s Raw, Incandescent “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Through January 27

Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is one of the finest pieces of political art for the current age, leaving jaws slack in acclaimed London and New York runs. It’s hard to imagine a better, more committed, and more nuanced production than it gets from Available Light, directed by Eleni Papaleonardos, running through next […]

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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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Available Light Opens Their Season Strong With Bootleg Radio

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Opens Their Season Strong With Bootleg Radio

Available Light has built their reputation for more than a decade on audacious, risk-taking work that defies expectation and categorization. That spirit burns in their 2017-18 opener Bootleg Radio, written and directed by Jennifer Schlueter and Matt Slaybaugh. I saw Bootleg Radio this weekend and images, feelings, and lines still rattle around in my head. […]

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Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Theatre’s Next Stage Initiative Showcases New Voices

Over their ten-plus years, one of the most important things Available Light has done is showcase new voices and bring new work to Columbus. The most visible manifestation of that mission is their Next Stage Initiative. Every year, Next Stage Initiative is one of my favorite parts of the cultural calendar and essential viewing for […]

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