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Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Short North Stage ends their season with a rifle blast of rage in a magnificent production of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman’s (book) interrogation of the bitter irony at the heart of the American dream, Assassins, directed by Gina Handy Minyard. Assassins uses magic realism and metaphor to tease out the commonalities […]

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Short North Stage’s ‘Hair’ – An Exuberant Period Piece

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s ‘Hair’ – An Exuberant Period Piece

Short North Stage pulls out all the stops for their 50th Anniversary production of the groundbreaking Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, music by Galt MacDermot with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, directed, choreographed, and costume designed by Edward Carignan. Carignan’s Hair is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the […]

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Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Short North Stage teams up with the King Arts Complex to bring a new production of The Mountaintop to the Green Room at the Garden Theater directed by Alan Bomar Jones. The production coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. The Mountaintop announced Katori Hall, its playwright, as one of […]

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See Short North Stage’s The Performers Through February 25

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Short North Stage’s The Performers Through February 25

David Read West’s 2012 Broadway comedy The Performers gets a sympathetic, supercharged production directed by Edward Carignan (assistant directed by Nick Lingnofski) at Short North Stage. In classic farce style, The Performers throws together characters on the tip of change together in a series of cramped spaces. Here, those spaces revolve around pornography’s biggest night: […]

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See Short North Stage’s Exciting, Vibrant Dreamgirls Through November 25

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Short North Stage’s Exciting, Vibrant Dreamgirls Through November 25

For almost as long as people have mounted performances, they’ve made art about making performances. In the world of musical theatre, no one got that down better than director and choreographer Michael Bennett. Bennett added a level of emotional reality to big-number razzle-dazzle that set the bar even today.  Following last season’s A Chorus Line, […]

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Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s The Glass Menagerie Runs Through October 1

The Glass Menagerie has lost none of its ability to darkly resonate with audiences, even 71 years after its Broadway debut. Short North Stage proves that again with their stellar new production directed by Edward Carignan opening this weekend. The Glass Menagerie retains its power perched at the intersection of rich, poetic, language and the ugly truth […]

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Epic, Righteous Angels in America: Perestroika at Short North Stage Through July 2

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Epic, Righteous Angels in America: Perestroika at Short North Stage Through July 2

Angels in America is probably the most important work of American theatre to premiere in my lifetime. It stabs at the heart of the complicated American condition in still-profound ways, 25 years after its debut. The first part, Millenium Approaches, is performed regularly, writer Tony Kushner calls it “a machine.” The second part, Perestroika, is harder to get a handle on. Millenium […]

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