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Theater Review: Short North Stage Kicks Off 2022 With ‘Altar Boyz’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Short North Stage Kicks Off 2022 With ‘Altar Boyz’

Short North Stage brings some sly, fleet-footed heat to the coldest months with a frothy, charming production of the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, written by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker (music and lyrics) and Kevin Del Aguila (book), directed and choreographed by Dionysia Williams.  Altar Boyz plants the audience at the final show of its eponymous, burgeoning Christian music boy […]

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Theater Review: Short North Stage Closes 2021 With Charming, Catchy ‘Sister Act’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Short North Stage Closes 2021 With Charming, Catchy ‘Sister Act’

Short North Stage caps a stellar run of returning to live performance in 2021 with a dazzling, delightful production of the Tony-nominated Sister Act, by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkneller (book, with additional material by Douglas Carter Beane), Alan Menken (music), and Glenn Slater (lyrics) (based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg vehicle written by Joseph Howard) directed by Edward Carignan.  […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage Kicks Off 2021-22 Season With Hysterical, Anarchic ‘Noises Off’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage Kicks Off 2021-22 Season With Hysterical, Anarchic ‘Noises Off’

Michael Frayn’s 1982 hit in London and Broadway, Noises Off, set a benchmark for a behind-the-scenes theatrical farce that has rarely been approached. Originally scheduled for last year’s shuttered season, Short North Stage opens its current, packed season with a finely-tuned production, full of wild, wincing laughter, directed by Jake Loewenthal. In Noises Off, we […]

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Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

In 1974, Stephen King’s best-selling debut novel Carrie set the tone for his character-driven, gut-wrenching horror and cemented itself as a pop culture phenomenon with the Brian De Palma film adaptation two years later. When I read Carrie as an adolescent, over a decade later, it kept every ounce of its ability to shock and, […]

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Theatre Review: Concert Production of ‘Addams Family’ Reanimates the Garden Theatre

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Concert Production of ‘Addams Family’ Reanimates the Garden Theatre

Throughout the pandemic, Short North Stage and its sibling Columbus Immersive Theater have adroitly navigated layers of regulation and shifting levels of social comfort, with live streams and in-person/streaming hybrids.  After my second dose of the vaccine, I returned to the Garden for the first time in over a year to see Columbus Immersive’s delightful […]

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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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