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Review: Actors’ Theatre Kicks Off Season With Witty ‘Beowulf (And The Bard)’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Actors’ Theatre Kicks Off Season With Witty ‘Beowulf (And The Bard)’

Actors’ Theatre opens their 2019 season at MadLab with a world premier of the fast, funny, and family-friendly Beowulf (And the Bard), written by Vidas Barzdukas and Christopher Bartlett’s and directed by Philip J. Hickman. Beowulf (and The Bard) recasts the classic English epic poem as a goofball buddy comedy. A long-suffering bard (Christina Yoho) […]

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Wexner Presents World Premiere of Ann Carlson’s The Symphonic Body/Food

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Wexner Presents World Premiere of Ann Carlson’s The Symphonic Body/Food

The Wexner Center for the Arts caps a stunning performing arts season with a return appearance by choreographer Ann Carlson. Carlson brings The Symphonic Body/Food, the newest iteration in Carlson’s Symphonic Body series and the product of her latest Artist’s Residency Award. I spoke to Carlson by phone from New Jersey where she was premiering […]

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Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Lord Denney’s Players have the most specific and intriguing mandate in Columbus theatre, dedicating themselves to deep-dive explorations of Shakespeare’s evolutions and variations. They deliver on the promise of that mission with an explosive version of the rarely performed 1597 First Quarto version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Cat McAlpine (with assistant director Joseph […]

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Review: CATCO’s Funny and Heartfelt ‘Life Sucks’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: CATCO’s Funny and Heartfelt ‘Life Sucks’

CATCO’s crowd-pleasing and laugh-filled production of Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks, directed by Steven C. Anderson, returns the greatest rewards if the audience ignores the “Adapted (Sort of) from Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya” credit. Someone who loves Uncle Vanya as much as I do spent much of the first act looking for deeper connections and shared […]

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The Wexner Center Presents Norwegian Collective Verdensteatret’s HANNAH

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Wexner Center Presents Norwegian Collective Verdensteatret’s HANNAH

The Wexner Center made its name by bringing international art of the highest caliber to Columbus, regardless of genre. Much of the work that’s cut deepest and left the most lasting impression has been hard to categorize and almost impossible to describe. The latest entry in that storied list is an appearance by the exciting […]

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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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Review: MadLab Closes 2018-2019 Season With Science Fiction Satire Happy Pills

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: MadLab Closes 2018-2019 Season With Science Fiction Satire Happy Pills

MadLab opens their premiere of Alyssa Cokinis’ science fiction satire Happy Pills in a production directed by Dallas Ray this weekend. Happy Pills takes place in a post-apocalyptic Bethesda, MD, where Fern (Audrey Marie Craddick) finds even nuclear blasts and suburban DC’s conversion into a conflagration of walled cities doesn’t change her problems very much. […]

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