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Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre Returns With Delightful ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Actors’ Theatre Returns With Delightful ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

The much-missed Actors’ Theatre of Columbus brought the stage in Schiller Park back to life last weekend after a dark year with one of Shakespeare’s most accessible comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Philip J. Hickman and Cat McAlpine.  The phenomenal set by Brendan Michna and costumes courtesy of Tonya Marie (of Gypsycat Studios) […]

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Preview: Wexner Center Presents Virtual Premiere of Raja Feather Kelly’s ‘Hysteria’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Wexner Center Presents Virtual Premiere of Raja Feather Kelly’s ‘Hysteria’

During the pandemic, choreographers and dance organizations have created some of the most consistently exciting and vibrant work in new media.  Raja Feather Kelly, a poet-choreographer-performer, came to this new landscape uniquely positioned for the times and challenges. His company, the feath3r theory, identifies as a dance-media company, and he’s won “Bessie” awards and a […]

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Opera Columbus Premieres Vibrant New ‘La Bohème’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Opera Columbus Premieres Vibrant New ‘La Bohème’

Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème has fired audiences’ imaginations since its premiere 125 years ago. This story of struggling bohemians continues to inspire updated versions and adaptations, most famously Jonathan Larson’s Rent premiering 25 years ago. Opera Columbus continues their 2021 season with a new production of La Bohème directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling and I […]

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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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Theatre Review: Evolution Inaugurates Season in New Home with Nuanced ‘From White Plains’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Evolution Inaugurates Season in New Home with Nuanced ‘From White Plains’

As live performance tentatively comes back into the cultural life of Columbus, we see the rippling effects of the Columbus Performing Arts Center closing during the pandemic. One company most associated with that revered – for all its faults – two-theater complex for the last decade, Evolution Theatre, debuts its first show in their new […]

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Opera Columbus Returns With Magical, Magnetic Don Giovanni

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Opera Columbus Returns With Magical, Magnetic Don Giovanni

After a year of tending the flame with crucial streaming and online content, Opera Columbus roars back to life with a trimmed-down and vibrant take on Mozart’s masterpiece (with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte) Don Giovanni.  I was lucky enough to see the last dress rehearsal of this, one of my favorite operas. The production, […]

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CATCO Closes Their 2020-2021 Season with Streaming Adaptation of ‘Working’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Closes Their 2020-2021 Season with Streaming Adaptation of ‘Working’

When incoming CATCO artistic director Leda Hoffmann announced the 2020-21 season under the cloud of the pandemic, she threw down a gauntlet for herself and her collaborators. “ we were going to sell a virtual pass to the season and it was going to include a musical. And when I said that, I had no […]

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