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Theater Review: OSU’s Righteous, Heartbreaking ‘Indecent’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: OSU’s Righteous, Heartbreaking ‘Indecent’

This week, OSU opened a raging, furious, beautiful local premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony-winning historical drama Indecent, directed by Beth Kattelman.  Indecent follows acclaimed Yiddish writer Sholem Asch through the joy and heartbreak of his first literary success, the play God of Vengeance. Structured as a classic theatre troupe, three men and three women play every role, divided by age of […]

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Theater Review: OSU Presents Columbus Premiere of Riveting, Relevant Historical Drama ‘Red Velvet’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: OSU Presents Columbus Premiere of Riveting, Relevant Historical Drama ‘Red Velvet’

Historical drama and varying accents can prove difficult for even experienced, adult actors, a difficulty that’s compounded for actors still learning their craft. So OSU’s local premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s British hit Red Velvet, set in the rough-and-tumble London theatrical scene of the 1830s (with a framing sequence in 1867), and given a vibrant mounting […]

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A Midsummer Nightmare

  A Midsummer Nightmare

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In A MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE, supernatural beings are at war, and the ripple effect of their violent conflict threatens to destroy human lives. But what is the cost of peace? Directed by Tyrrell Woolbert **FREE ADMISSION** Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m. Cast – TITANIA […]

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A Midsummer Nightmare

  A Midsummer Nightmare

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In A MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE, supernatural beings are at war, and the ripple effect of their violent conflict threatens to destroy human lives. But what is the cost of peace? Directed by Tyrrell Woolbert **FREE ADMISSION** Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m. Cast – TITANIA […]

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Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

The OSU Department of Theatre presents Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-finalist The Wolves in a raw, stripped-down, and switchblade-sharp production directed by Elizabeth Wellman, opening this weekend. The Wolves follows the eponymous soccer team, part of a U17 girls’ indoor league for the latter half of their season. Each scene takes place before or after a week’s […]

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Theatre Review: OSU Theatre’s Heathers for Fans Only

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: OSU Theatre’s Heathers for Fans Only

OSU opened a lavish production of Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe’s adaptation of the cult classic ’80s dark comedy Heathers: The Musical directed by Mandy Fox on Thursday. Unfortunately, the production is so strong it lays bare faults in the original material more than it obscures them. As in the movie it’s based on, Heathers: The Musical  […]

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Theatre Review: OSU’s Breakneck Romeo and Juliet

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: OSU’s Breakneck Romeo and Juliet

The Ohio State University Theatre Department opened Romeo and Juliet with a stripped down, rapid-fire take on Shakespeare’s classic. This terrific production, directed by Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Artist Alison Bomber, opened on Thursday night. This oft-told story of the Montague and Capulet houses is given new freshness by stripping away some of the back […]

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