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Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Drag and rock-and-roll both — among other duties — provide a tough, velvet chrysalis for a dark past to transform into something beautiful and defiant. One of the finest examples of the glory and transformative power of those art forms in a theatre is John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask’s (music and lyrics) cult […]

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Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Honors 30th Anniversary of AZT With Reading of The Normal Heart

Short North Stage isn’t resting for long between their extended, sold-out run of Hand to God and their upcoming anticipated production of Spamalot. This week they’re staging a reading of one of the most important pieces of political theatre of the last 40 years: Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. This reading coincides with the 30th anniversary of AZT’s approval […]

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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Must See Hand To God

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Must See Hand To God

Just over a year after closing an acclaimed Broadway run, Robert Askins’ hilarious Hand to God opens at Short North Stage over the weekend in a perfect production directed by Edward Carignan. Irreverent puts it mildly in describing this deliciously scabrous comedy. This production transforms The Green Room into a brilliantly on-point (courtesy of set designer Bill […]

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Theatre Review: August Wilson Festival Ends on Another High Note with Radio Golf

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: August Wilson Festival Ends on Another High Note with Radio Golf

PAST Productions present the final play of August Wilson’s American Cycle to close the August Wilson Festival in conjunction with Short North Stage. Their riveting Radio Golf, directed by Truman Winbush, Jr., opened on Thursday in the Green Room of the Garden. Radio Golf caps the cycle both chronologically, set in 1997, and for the playwright, premiering […]

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Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Incendiary Take on American Pain and Appetites in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Short North Stage

The August Wilson Festival is a much-deserved celebration of one of the greatest American playwrights and a rich experiment on a scale I’m not sure Columbus has previously attempted. It continues and kicks into overdrive with Wilson’s first play to be produced on Broadway, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which opened (after remarks from the playwright’s brother) at […]

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Arts Preview: Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2016 Comes to the Garden Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Arts Preview: Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2016 Comes to the Garden Theater

By now, the history of poetry slam has been repeated ad nauseam: Working class Chicago poet Marc Smith added rules and scoring to bring the focus in a poetry reading back to audience engagement. With some minor refinement over the years, it’s a format that, at its best, still shakes up the complacency of writer and […]

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Wedding Style: Betsy and Ryan

Anne Evans Anne Evans Wedding Style: Betsy and Ryan

A memorable wedding with the couple surrounded by the people and the things they love. Betsy Pandora and Ryan Pilewski’s fall wedding was just that. “I think my favorite part of the wedding was having all of these people from all phases and walks of life, together in one room, all bonding and celebrating and […]

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