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Theatre Review: Riotous Affairs in Actors’ Theatre’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Riotous Affairs in Actors’ Theatre’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Actors’ Theatre closes their 2019 Tainted Love series in the park with a handsome, stiletto-sharp production of Christopher Hampton’s hit 1985 adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Andy Falter and Philip J. Hickman.  Les Liaisons Dangereuses focuses on the torrid friendship of two bored aristocrats, sometime-lovers and full-time-manipulators […]

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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Solid ‘My Way’ Skims the Sinatra Surface

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Solid ‘My Way’ Skims the Sinatra Surface

Frank Sinatra helped redefine recorded music in the middle of the 20th century. Chalking up hits for over four decades, his body of work stands as a gargantuan monument to the spectrum of human emotion. His taste for the right song and ability to embody a lyric stay an inspiration and threat to any jazz […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Taut and Disturbing ‘Building the Wall’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Taut and Disturbing ‘Building the Wall’

The core of most good writing – if it has the nerve – is an act of love, an attempt to understand. Live theatre – by putting these characters as flesh and blood people in front of us – has a sharper direct line to empathy than most other art forms. Robert Schenkkan’s near-future dystopian […]

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Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Delightful As You Like It

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Delightful As You Like It

One of the most surefire crowd-pleasers in the Shakespeare canon, As You Like It depends on a tricky chemical mix of buoyancy and gravity. In Actors’ third park production of 2019, director Pam Hill and her actors strike that balance almost perfectly. As You Like It, for all its court intrigue and hijinks, hinges on […]

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One-Woman Show ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Returns to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford One-Woman Show ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Returns to Columbus

We previewed Priyanka Shetty’s The Elephant in the Room when it was about to premiere at the South Asian Theatre Festival. In that article, she talked about how this originally light-hearted take on the trials of adjusting to American life “went much deeper,” as she developed it. Since then, Shetty has refined The Elephant in […]

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Review: The Moving Regional Premiere of The View UpStairs

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: The Moving Regional Premiere of The View UpStairs

In June 1973, an arsonist torched New Orleans’ second-story UpStairs Lounge, locking the outer door and causing 32 deaths; a horrific total that wouldn’t be exceeded until 2016’s shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. The mass murder was barely investigated; the government made no public notice of mourning.  Max Vernon’s acclaimed Off-Broadway piece, The View UpStairs, […]

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Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

For almost 70 years, Guys and Dolls, with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on Damon Runyon’s short stories), and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, has charmed and enthralled audiences. Otterbein Summer Theatre’s sizzling production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz (also conducting the orchestra from the piano for original music director Samuel […]

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