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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Current times have forced all of us to be flexible in the face of new regulations, new requirements, and new data. As recently as a couple of months ago when I previewed their moving online adaptation of Andrew Lippa’s John & Jen, Short North Stage still hoped to open their 2020-21 season with the roaring […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Every piece of our lives changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Theater and performance art, which depends on a circuit of energy, a connection of being in the same room at the same time, suddenly screeched to a halt. For the last few months, theatrical troupes have mulled over “What’s next?”  Many of […]

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Theater Review: Short North Stage’s Acidic, Hilarious ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Short North Stage’s Acidic, Hilarious ‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’

Stephen Adly Guirgis is one of America’s finest stage chroniclers of struggles on the fringes of society and The Motherf**ker with the Hat might be his masterpiece. This twisted love letter to recovery and living gets a jaw-dropping production at Short North Stage, directed by Chari Arespacochaga. The Motherf**ker with the Hat follows Jackie (Raphael […]

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Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Drag and rock-and-roll both — among other duties — provide a tough, velvet chrysalis for a dark past to transform into something beautiful and defiant. One of the finest examples of the glory and transformative power of those art forms in a theatre is John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask’s (music and lyrics) cult […]

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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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