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The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

All the finest culture is homegrown. Julie Whitney Scott’s Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) shines as an example of that truism, more pronounced than ever. For the last six years, CBTF has nurtured voices and shone a light to inspire writers and actors to bring their own truth to life. I interviewed Scott by email […]

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Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Since its stage debut in 1971, kicked into overdrive with the film version in 1978, America has swooned over the musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (additional songs by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, and Scott Simon & Louis St. Louis). Imagine’s season-closing production, directed by Cathy Cordy, restores and amplifies the ferocious hormones […]

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Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Evolution kicks off their 2019 season with a handsome mounting of the area premiere of Mark Ridge’s riff on classic drawing room murder mysteries, The Vultures, directed by David S. Harewood. The Vultures unfurls at the mansion of a deceased publishing magnate 20 years after his death. Mr. West’s hatred of all living prospects for […]

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Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Lord Denney’s Players have the most specific and intriguing mandate in Columbus theatre, dedicating themselves to deep-dive explorations of Shakespeare’s evolutions and variations. They deliver on the promise of that mission with an explosive version of the rarely performed 1597 First Quarto version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Cat McAlpine (with assistant director Joseph […]

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Imagine Productions Takes on Sondheim’s Much-Loved Into the Woods

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Imagine Productions Takes on Sondheim’s Much-Loved Into the Woods

Imagine Productions present a production of Stephen Sondheim’s most accessible musical Into the Woods (with book by James Lapine), directed by Brandon Boring. I caught a dress rehearsal early in the week and spoke with the director. It’s not fair to fully review a performance the point of which is to work through technical issues, […]

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Hello, Dolly!

  Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is the classic musical showcasing the tale of a matchmaker whose client is “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. This blockbuster Broadway hit bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. Performance Dates: Friday, August 17th at 7pm Saturday, August 18th at 7pm Sunday, August 19th at 1:30pm […]

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Hello, Dolly!

  Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is the classic musical showcasing the tale of a matchmaker whose client is “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. This blockbuster Broadway hit bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. Performance Dates: Friday, August 17th at 7pm Saturday, August 18th at 7pm Sunday, August 19th at 1:30pm […]

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