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The South Asian Theatre Festival Returns July 22 Featuring Priyanka Shetty’s Elephant in the Room

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The South Asian Theatre Festival Returns July 22 Featuring Priyanka Shetty’s Elephant in the Room

The Fourth South Asian Theatre Festival, coproduced by Spotlight Ohio with CATCO, returns to the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC) this Sunday, July 22. The festival said in a release that it “[F]ocuses on collaborations among diverse community artists to engage, educate, and showcase the South Asian culture. The 2018 edition is themed ‘Live, Love […]

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Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

From the moment it premiered Off-Broadway in 2008, Next to Normal was special. Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey’s (book and lyrics) leaped to the front of the pack of sophisticated musicals that grapple with serious, adult themes. It’s also one of the finest examples of the even rarer group (still) of stage musicals that integrate […]

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Eclipse Tries to Capture Irish Magic in Columbus Premiere of Outside Mullingar

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Eclipse Tries to Capture Irish Magic in Columbus Premiere of Outside Mullingar

Eclipse Theatre Company opened the Columbus premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, directed by Kathy Sturm, who also stars and handles set and lighting design. Outside Mullingar is a dark-and-sweet comedy about his ancestral homeland, Ireland, during the last economic crisis. Patriarch Tony Reilly (Jim McCullough) is in deep reflection after the funeral of […]

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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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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Mandy Fox of Actors’ Theatre

Scott Vezdos Scott Vezdos Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Mandy Fox of Actors’ Theatre

Mandy Fox is an actor, director and voice specialist. She is an Associate Professor and Resident Vocal Coach for the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University, and is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Voice and Speech Trainer Association. We sat down with her in anticipation of ATC’s upcoming production […]

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Shadowbox Live’s F#(K Cancer: The Musical Runs through August 26

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Shadowbox Live’s F#(K Cancer: The Musical Runs through August 26

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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