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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 Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

The pandemic and its radiating effects are reshaping every beloved holiday tradition. The classic family shows we’re used to seeing from theatre companies are affected like everything else. Short North Stage continues their tradition of original holiday shows with a virtual twist, bringing us Quarantine With The Clauses. Director and company Artistic Director Edward Carignan […]

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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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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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