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Review: MadLab Theatre’s Intense Until He Wasn’t

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: MadLab Theatre’s Intense Until He Wasn’t

MadLab’s season continues with another world premiere, Patrick McLaughlin’s Until He Wasn’t which opened last night in a production tautly directed by Audrey Rush with assistance from Sheree Evans. A sexually charged thriller, in many ways McLaughlin’s play harkens back to the cynical, nihilistic vibe MadLab made its bones with here in Columbus years ago. A collection […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Muddled Scritch Scritch

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Muddled Scritch Scritch

Christopher Lockheardt has made his name on sharp, witty, short plays produced at MadLab and around the country. The world premier of one of his first full-length dramas, Scritch Scritch, opened at MadLab this weekend in a production directed by Jim Azelvandre (assisted by Becky Horseman). Rebecca (Kyle Jepson), feeling stuck in her life, decides to […]

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Theatre Review: Green Night at MadLab’s Theatre Roulette is a Funny Take on Science Fiction Tropes

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Green Night at MadLab’s Theatre Roulette is a Funny Take on Science Fiction Tropes

MadLab’s Theatre Roulette, its 17th iteration opened this weekend, has become one of the theatre troupe’s signature events. A wide-ranging, spinning, mixed-bag that brings most of the actors and directors of the season together in a chance for exposure to new voices. One of the interesting changes over the years has been doing one night of […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s The NSA’s Guide to Sex and Love Never Finds Its Edge

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s The NSA’s Guide to Sex and Love Never Finds Its Edge

Don Zolidis’ The NSA’s Guide to Sex and Love, directed by Stephen Woosley, with assistance by Kyle Jepsen, opened at MadLab on Thursday. This satire, structured as a TED talk with two agents (Colleen Dunne and Scott Douglas Wilson) sharing what they’ve discovered looking into America’s bedrooms, tries to deep dive into the data mining surrounding […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Quiet Peninsula is a Murky, Earnest Muddle

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Quiet Peninsula is a Murky, Earnest Muddle

Trying to show empathy for someone who’s done a horrible thing is a noble exercise. Trying to grant even terrible people humanity is one of the things theatre can do better than any other art form. In this spirit, Brandon Ferraro’s Quiet Peninsula, which opened Thursday, December 3, at MadLab, is worthy of attention. Unfortunately, Audrey […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Clowntime is Over is an Uproarious Comedy About Loneliness and Pain

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Clowntime is Over is an Uproarious Comedy About Loneliness and Pain

Joseph E. Green’s Clowntime is Over is named for an Elvis Costello song and shares with the Costello an encroaching sense of paranoia and desperation. We open with Max P. Twinkle (Andy Batt), a clown, hungover, at the end of his rope. This degraded Pagliacci is doing the only thing he can picture himself doing: making what […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Theatre Roulette 2015 Keeps it Fresh, Frequently Funny and True

MadLab’s 16th iteration of their signature shorts festival Theatre Roulette had some astonishing moments in the two nights I was able to see and review (I was unable to see the third night, Slap Happy and Other Short Plays). This year, the nights are structured around playwrights new to the festival – Contact High, directed by Stephen Woosley […]

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