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Big Laughs and Tenderness in Tantrum Theater’s Regional Premiere of The Cake

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Big Laughs and Tenderness in Tantrum Theater’s Regional Premiere of The Cake

Even-handedness and fair consideration are goals we should all strive for and some of the hardest virtues to master. As difficult as they are to achieve in life, they’re twice as hard to grasp in drama without the story falling apart. That difficulty makes Bekah Brunstetter’s sweet slice of urban-meets-rural life, The Cake, so refreshing. […]

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Shadowbox Presents Original Collaboration F#(K Cancer: The Musical

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Shadowbox Presents Original Collaboration F#(K Cancer: The Musical

Like all their best work, Shadowbox’s F#(k Cancer: The Musical (the actual title incorporates graphical elements from the Shadowbox logo) is a labor of love with a sardonic edge. This original musical grew from the seed of their founder and much-missed director Stev Guyer scribbling on a notepad. After his diagnosis, Guyer wrote exactly those […]

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CATCO Closes Season with Rare Andrew Lloyd Webber: Aspects of Love

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Closes Season with Rare Andrew Lloyd Webber: Aspects of Love

CATCO ends their 2017-18 season with the Central Ohio premiere of the 1989 musical Aspects of Love, directed by Steven C. Anderson. This handsomely mounted and well-performed production of this Andrew Lloyd Webber (book and music) and Don Black & Charles Hart (lyrics), adapted from the novel by David Garnett, can’t overcome the baffling, disjointed, […]

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Evolution Begins 2018 Season With Sweet, Charming ‘Electricity’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution Begins 2018 Season With Sweet, Charming ‘Electricity’

Evolution Theatre Company kicked off their 2018 season with the Midwestern premiere – in fact, the first production outside of California – of Terry Ray’s charming Electricity directed by Mark Schwamberger. Electricity traces the evolving friendship and complicated love of Gary (Terry Ray) and Brad (Ralph Scott) over four scenes spread 10 years apart. We […]

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Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Short North Stage ends their season with a rifle blast of rage in a magnificent production of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman’s (book) interrogation of the bitter irony at the heart of the American dream, Assassins, directed by Gina Handy Minyard. Assassins uses magic realism and metaphor to tease out the commonalities […]

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See SRO’s Magic Look at Loneliness in ‘Company’ Through June 3

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See SRO’s Magic Look at Loneliness in ‘Company’ Through June 3

SRO Theatre Company ends their 2017-2018 season strong with a biting, visceral take on Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and George Furth’s (book) groundbreaking 1970 musical Company, directed by Kristofer Green. “That’s what it’s all about – isn’t it?” A question that never needs to be asked if someone’s confident of the answer, and the […]

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Actors’ Theatre Returns to Schiller Park With Solid Macbeth

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Actors’ Theatre Returns to Schiller Park With Solid Macbeth

Actors’ Theatre opened their 2018 summer season with a solid production of one of the greatest William Shakespeare tragedies: Macbeth, directed by Philip J. Hickman. Macbeth remains (over four centuries after its premiere) perhaps the classic look at the corrosive effects of power (and the hunger it arouses). The young general, Macbeth (Dan Burleson), emboldened […]

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