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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

MadLab opens their 2019-20 season with a regional premiere of The Spare Room, Dakota C. Hill’s meditation on love in the face of tragedy, directed by James Blackmon. The Spare Room traces the reverberations forward and backward in time made by a short, sharp shock of a tragedy that set the cozy, domestic love between […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Red Herring continues its mission of bringing less-performed (in Columbus) classics to our stages with a crackling, brutal production of David Harrower’s debut Knives in Hens, directed by Penny Napoli. This tight, hundred-minute (no intermission) play centers on a rural village in a pre-industrial but post-printing press time. An unnamed young woman (Jordan Davis), married […]

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Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Dear Evan Hansen is the rare contemporary Broadway musical to captivate a wide swath of public attention. On every trip I’ve made to NYC since its transfer from Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater to the great white way, I’ve seen more Playbills for and overheard more conversations about this show by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul […]

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Theatre Review: Ember Women’s Theatre’s Charming ‘Terms of Endearment’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ember Women’s Theatre’s Charming ‘Terms of Endearment’

eMBer Women’s Theatre returns to the MadLab space with Terms of Endearment, directed with a sure hand by Michelle Batt with Vicki Andronis as assistant director.  This Terms of Endearment boasts a script by Dan Gordon, adapted from James L. Brooks’ screenplay for his 1983 film based on Larry McMurtry’s novel. It zooms in on […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Explosive Season Opener, Dance Nation

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Explosive Season Opener, Dance Nation

Available Light launches their 2019-2020 season to the moon with a wrenching, hilarious production of Claire Barron’s Dance Nation directed and choreographed by Whitney Thomas Eads. Dance Nation tears into the end of the season for a Liverpool, Ohio, dance team – seven girls and one boy – on the cusp of making it to […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Devastating and Hopeful Fine Not Fine

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Devastating and Hopeful Fine Not Fine

Anyone who’s read more than two my reviews can map out my pet peeves: insufficiently dramatized; too literal; monochromatic. A new work checks off every box I’ve deducted points from other pieces for and stands as one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen on a stage all year: MadLab’s Fine Not Fine. Fine Not […]

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Preview: Streetlight Guild’s Rhapsody and Refrain Poetry Series

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Streetlight Guild’s Rhapsody and Refrain Poetry Series

“Without poetry, I don’t have any of this,” Scott Woods said to me, gesturing around the gorgeous, first-floor performance space at his new Columbus cultural linchpin Streetlight Guild. That’s no exaggeration; in the years since Woods led the first Columbus team to the National Poetry Slam, his writing has him onto the national stage with […]

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