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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Spirited ‘Young Frankenstein’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Spirited ‘Young Frankenstein’

Love for the material animates the madcap frolicking of Short North Stage’s spirited production of Mel Brooks (book, music, and lyrics) and Tom Meehan’s (book) Broadway hit Young Frankenstein, directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan with assistant direction and choreography by Dionysia Williams. The play follows the outline of Brooks’ comedy film classic with Frederick […]

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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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The Top 10 Theatrical Groups of 2019

Best of CU Best of CU The Top 10 Theatrical Groups of 2019

Live theatre is a alive and well in Columbus in 2019, with plenty of musicals, plays and other stage productions all over the city. Local performers provide unique experiences for those seeking theatrical entertainment, and we like to honor some of those groups with our annual Best Of Columbus poll. This year, our readers and […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

John Badham and Robert Stigwood’s 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever is remembered largely for its soundtrack and a few indelible pop culture images, but it’s always been a darker, more complicated story of Brooklyn strivers terrified of being left behind and the community and catharsis found in a dance club. Short North Stage continues […]

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Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Upon its debut in 1957, West Side Story transplanted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the youth gangs of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, electrified America, and solidified movements in musical theatre to tackle more complex, realistic subject matter. This collaboration of Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), and Jerome Robbins (choreography and direction), […]

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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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