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SRO’s Bridges of Madison County Rarely Gets Out of the Mud

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford SRO’s Bridges of Madison County Rarely Gets Out of the Mud

The Bridges of Madison County, with book by Marsha Norman (adapted from Robert James Waller’s novel) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, had a short run on Broadway and a more successful national tour three years ago. SRO Theatre Company opened a production over the weekend directed by Kristofer Green that highlights Brown’s […]

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Local Playwright’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras is Charming and Witty

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Local Playwright’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras is Charming and Witty

CATCOisKids opened a delightful world premiere production of local playwright Chris Leyva’s Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras this weekend. The play stars Emma Shachter as book-obsessed Penny. Penny throws herself into one obsession after another, buoyed by her game friends Cassandra (Greta James) and Jackie (Abbie Ogilbee). When the play starts, she’s over the moon for a new […]

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SRO’s Hilarious Lion in Winter Runs Through February 5

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford SRO’s Hilarious Lion in Winter Runs Through February 5

Nowhere is the adage “comedy is tragedy plus time” truer than James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. This classic opened Friday at the Columbus Performing Arts Center from SRO in association with Warehouse Theatre in a production that more than does it justice, directed by Kristoffer Green. This inverted King Lear rooted in history focuses on the Christmas of […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Moving But Jumbled Poz

The regional premiere of Michael Aman’s Poz opened Thursday in a glowing production directed by Greg Smith at Evolution Theatre Company.  It’s a noble play, stuffed Dreiser-full with threads of legitimate societal complaint but also with a beating heart. The blood flowing through its veins is an understanding of exactly how real people react. So […]

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Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution’s Fast and Funny The Book of Merman

Leo Schwartz’s musical is a high-concept mash-up parody of and tribute to The Book of Mormon and the classic raunchy theatre epitomized by Ethel Merman. The production directed by Bryan Adam, opened last week at Evolution Theatre Company and runs a little long but is full of screwball set pieces rife with plucky charm and can-do spirit. […]

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Theatre Review: Wry Looks at the State of the World in Evolution Theatre’s Four Shorts

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Wry Looks at the State of the World in Evolution Theatre’s Four Shorts

One of the most difficult things for up and coming playwrights is the relative dearth of companies doing full productions of new, locally created work. It’s rare to see a new play in something other than a one-time-only bare bones reading. It’s expensive to put on theatre, wanting to lean toward something proven is completely […]

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