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Lincoln Theatre ‘Patternz’ Summer Camp

  Lincoln Theatre ‘Patternz’ Summer Camp

Lincoln Theatre Patternz Summer Camp will consist of 5 one-week camps for children ages 6*-13 designed to spark creativity and a passion for the arts through experience with multiple art forms. (*Camper must turn 6 on or before May 30, 2018.) Facilitated by graduates of the Lincoln Theatre’s Artist Incubation Program and CATCO is Kids! […]

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Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Available Light opens an exquisite production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon directed by Matt Slaybaugh. Slaybaugh and the cast grab the audience by the lapels and strap us into a roller coaster  through the twisted American landscape of race, class, and identity. They create a ride full of shocks, thrills, and riotous laughs that never […]

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Big Gamble in MadLab’s 2018 Theatre Roulette

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Big Gamble in MadLab’s 2018 Theatre Roulette

True to its namesake, MadLab’s annual multi-night short play showcase Theatre Roulette is always a risky proposition. Sometimes the audience witnesses a breathtaking miniature we’d never get to see anywhere else. Some nights we hope to break even on the time we invested and don’t quite get there. The “Future” night of this year’s Roulette […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Bethany Dickens on her Play “Five Word Recall”

Stephen Woosley Stephen Woosley Columbus Makes Art Presents: Bethany Dickens on her Play “Five Word Recall”

Bethany Dickens is immersed in the arts. By day, she is the Executive and Advancement Assistant for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and in her free time, she acts, stage manages and writes. Her short play “Five Word Recall” will be featured in Madlab’s Theatre Roulette 2018, which opened May 10 and runs through May 26. We […]

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Theatre Review: Retro Comedy in CATCO’s Educating Rita

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Retro Comedy in CATCO’s Educating Rita

CATCO’s season continues with a well-executed revival of Willy Russell’s ‘80s British comedy Educating Rita directed by Steven Anderson. Educating Rita follows the title character’s trying to change her life and outlook through education. Rita’s (Jenny Case) thirst for transformation starts with her name, a Bob Dylan-esque change inspired by Rita Mae Brown, right before […]

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Last Weekend to See SRO’s “August: Osage County”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Last Weekend to See SRO’s “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ acid look at a family, August: Osage County, revitalized the appetite for a sprawling American play and collected almost every conceivable award (including the Tony and the Pulitzer) on the way. SRO presents an ambitious but flawed production directed by William Macke. August: Osage County focuses on a family beset by so many […]

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Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Red Herring opened the regional premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti, directed by Michael Garrett Herring, this weekend. It’s a lovely, warm look at how narratives shape our self-image and image in the world. It’s a stirring reminder of the reasons we all find inside ourselves to live. Chapatti focuses on two scratched-and-dented souls in Dublin, […]

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