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Artist Couple Returns to Columbus to Open Shared Printed Arts Studio

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Artist Couple Returns to Columbus to Open Shared Printed Arts Studio

Columbus artists Elisa and Shawn Smith are co-founders of the Columbus Printed Arts Center, an organization and studio dedicated to providing affordable photography and printmaking equipment, and a community space to artists. The couple has worked in various arts spaces, and has previously taught fine arts at the college level; the center is the result […]

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CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

CATCO and Evolution Theatre Company continue their streak of superlative co-productions with their engrossing, moving production of Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code, directed by Joe Bishara. Breaking the Code refracts and illuminates the life of computer science and cryptanalysis legend Alan Turing (Ian Short). This production, under Bishara’s assured hand, captures the elegance of the […]

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The South Asian Theatre Festival Returns July 22 Featuring Priyanka Shetty’s Elephant in the Room

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The South Asian Theatre Festival Returns July 22 Featuring Priyanka Shetty’s Elephant in the Room

The Fourth South Asian Theatre Festival, coproduced by Spotlight Ohio with CATCO, returns to the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC) this Sunday, July 22. The festival said in a release that it “[F]ocuses on collaborations among diverse community artists to engage, educate, and showcase the South Asian culture. The 2018 edition is themed ‘Live, Love […]

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PAST Productions’ Heartfelt and Charming ‘Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford PAST Productions’ Heartfelt and Charming ‘Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking’

PAST Productions closes their 2017 with a fantastic revival of Gus Edwards’ Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush. The eponymous “guys” are long-term friends, rivals, and sometimes enemies Henry (Tony Roseboro) and Abe (Truman Winbush, Jr). When we meet them on a park bench, Henry’s first words are about a woman […]

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Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s ‘Traveling’ is a Warm Look at Life’s Last Days

Evolution Theatre Company continues their season with a strong, delicate world premiere of Kenneth Talbert’s Traveling directed by Dee Shepherd. Traveling focuses on the last days of acclaimed dancer and choreographer Winston Lambert (Mark Phillips Schwamberger). He takes what comfort he can in his much younger lover Tyler (Nick Hardin), as we see his comfort […]

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PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

PAST Productions returns to Columbus stages after mounting several productions and readings in the August Wilson Festival no one will soon forget. This time, they’re taking on the work of one of Wilson’s primary inspirations, Lonnie Elder III. Elder’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men opened last weekend in a production directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush and runs through […]

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Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution’s Delightful, Big-Hearted Corpus Christi

Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi sparked protests upon its premiere in the late ‘90s. In Evolution Theatre Company’s (in association with CATCO) new production directed by Joe Bishara, the sweetness of the material, the empathy for its characters, and the play’s mostly successful extension of what A. E. Houseman called Milton’s mission “to justify God’s ways […]

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