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Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

For almost 70 years, Guys and Dolls, with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on Damon Runyon’s short stories), and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, has charmed and enthralled audiences. Otterbein Summer Theatre’s sizzling production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz (also conducting the orchestra from the piano for original music director Samuel […]

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Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Gallery Players kicks off its landmark 70th season with a spare, beautiful production of Falsettos, music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and William Finn, directed by Ross Shirley. We meet the “hero” of Falsettos, Marvin (Will Macke), in 1979, right after he’s left his wife Trina (Rachel Hertenstein) and son […]

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See Gallery Players’ Evocative ‘Side Show’ Through March 18

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Gallery Players’ Evocative ‘Side Show’ Through March 18

Side Show, the Broadway musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, received its regional premiere in a handsome production at Gallery Players, directed by Ross Shirley. The musical follows conjoined twins Daisy (Bailey Maholm) and Violet (Eryn Hollobaugh) Hilton. The audience watches their journey from one master to another: […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Gallery Players closes 2016 with recent Broadway musical 13. The ebullient score by Jason Robert Brown shines in this production directed by Ryan Scarlata with assistant director Emma Lou Andrews and choreographed by Scarlata and Katie Wagner. The paint-by-numbers book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn follows Evan Goldman (Neil Kalef) who gets transported in the […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Guys and Dolls is Mostly a Winner

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Guys and Dolls is Mostly a Winner

Since premiering on Broadway in 1950, Guys and Dolls, the adaptation by Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling (book) of Damon Runyon’s witty world-askew stories has been a perennial crowd-pleaser with multiple revivals on Broadway and the West End and I’d wager there’s never a day someone in the US isn’t […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Coney Island Christmas is a Nuanced Look at The Season and Growing Up

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Coney Island Christmas is a Nuanced Look at The Season and Growing Up

Donald Margulies’ Coney Island Christmas opened this past weekend at Gallery Players in a sparkling production directed by April Olt and Sonda Staley. This play is a warm tonic to some of the two-dimensional entertainments peddled this season. Sweet, but it won’t give anyone but the most hardened curmudgeons a toothache. Coney Island Christmas follows Shirley Abramowitz […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ The Farnsworth Invention Soars Above Its Material

The history of modernity – the history of America, as most of us learned it or think we learned it – is the story of the “little guy” putting together an idea that shifts the world right off its axis. Something that rocks everybody back on their heels and draws forth an exultant breath. For […]

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