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Review: Short North Stage’s Riotous and Charming Pippin

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Short North Stage’s Riotous and Charming Pippin

If any audience members still harbor doubt in their hearts that Amber Knicole is a star of supernova proportions, her turn as Leading Player in Short North Stage’s effervescent revival of Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Roger O. Hirson’s (book) Pippin, directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan, will lay those concerns to rest. A […]

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Smash Hit “Hand to God” Returns to Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Smash Hit “Hand to God” Returns to Short North Stage

Robert Askins’ brilliantly funny and scabrous comedy about demonic possession set in a church’s puppet class, Hand to God, had its regional premiere — after acclaimed Off-Broadway and Broadway runs — at Short North Stage in 2017, directed by Edward Carignan. In my rave review for this site, I said, “Hand to God never goes […]

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Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Short North Stage draws a curtain on 2018 with a burst of Mediterranean sunshine in their jubilant production of the smash hit, ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaes and book by Catherine Johnson, directed and choreographed by Dionysia Williams. ABBA’s evergreen songs master an uncommon blend of […]

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Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Short North Stage continue their season with a beautiful version of the hit drag comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein’s (book) 1983 Broadway adaptation of Jean Poiret’s play is directed by Michael Licata and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Albin (Thom Christopher Warren) is the star attraction at La […]

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Short North Stage Burnish the Glow of The Rocky Horror Show

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Burnish the Glow of The Rocky Horror Show

Short North Stage hits the season on the nose (and other appendages) with their new production of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Show, directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan. I can’t imagine anyone reading this doesn’t already know the story of the young and newly engaged couple Brad (Jake Loewenthal) and Janet (Eli […]

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The Toxic Avenger

  The Toxic Avenger

Meet Toxie, New Jersey’s first Superhero, in this hilarious monster of a rock musical based on the classic cult film. Toxie, a seven-foot mutant freak with a heart as big as Newark, struggles with bullies, mobsters and a corrupt mayor to win love and save New Jersey from pollution and global warming. Winner of the […]

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The Toxic Avenger

  The Toxic Avenger

Meet Toxie, New Jersey’s first Superhero, in this hilarious monster of a rock musical based on the classic cult film. Toxie, a seven-foot mutant freak with a heart as big as Newark, struggles with bullies, mobsters and a corrupt mayor to win love and save New Jersey from pollution and global warming. Winner of the […]

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