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Otterbein’s Dazzling Big Fish

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Otterbein’s Dazzling Big Fish

Otterbein opens their 2018-19 season with a dazzling production of John August (book) and Andrew Lippa’s (music and lyrics) Big Fish, the 2013 Broadway adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film, directed by Thom Christopher Warren. As in the book and film, this Big Fish traces Edward Bloom’s (Matt Gittins) life through the […]

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“We Fight Isolation With Community” Josh Fox’s The Truth Has Changed

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford “We Fight Isolation With Community” Josh Fox’s The Truth Has Changed

Josh Fox burst into wider American consciousness with his 2010 documentary Gasland, about fracking, and expanded his reach and activism with subsequent films like How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change; and Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock. It’s less well known but before his work as […]

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Goofy Throwback Fun in Short North Stage’s Toxic Avenger: The Musical

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Goofy Throwback Fun in Short North Stage’s Toxic Avenger: The Musical

For those of us who love ‘80s B-movies, no company name evokes nostalgia like Troma Pictures. Of the Troma catalog, no franchise had the same staying power and broad appeal – through four films, comic books, and a Saturday morning cartoon – as the weirdly sweet superhero spoof The Toxic Avenger. Short North Stage launches […]

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Gahanna Native and Tony Nominee Mike Faist Brings Inaugural Ohio Artists Gathering to Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gahanna Native and Tony Nominee Mike Faist Brings Inaugural Ohio Artists Gathering to Short North Stage

Gahanna native Mike Faist lit out for New York soon after graduating High School and within three years was on Broadway in Newsies. In 2016 he originated the role of Connor Murphy in Broadway sensation Dear Evan Hansen which won Best Musical at the 2017 Tonys and earned Faist a Tony nomination for Best Featured […]

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Warehouse Presents Inaugural Sam Shepard Festival August 31 Through September 22

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Warehouse Presents Inaugural Sam Shepard Festival August 31 Through September 22

Few American playwrights leave as long a shadow Sam Shepard. When he passed away late last year, the New York Times called him, “one of the theater’s most original and prolific portraitists of what was once the American frontier.” The Guardian dubbed him “one of the visionaries of US theatre [who] created a fresh vernacular […]

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Actors’ Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Runs Through September 2

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Actors’ Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Runs Through September 2

Done well, there is no more assured crowd-pleaser in William Shakespeare’s canon than the magical romp A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Actors’ Theatre wraps their 2018 Monsters & Men summer season with a production directed by Jennifer Feather Youngblood that exemplifies the best qualities of this play that set the standard for the fusion of fabulism […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s World Premiere of Tony Pasqualini’s Lost in Time

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s World Premiere of Tony Pasqualini’s Lost in Time

There are no surprises in Tony Pasqualini’s time-travel romance Lost in Time, opening in its world premiere at MadLab this weekend in a production directed by Tay Lane. Lost in Time opens with Danny’s (Chanse McDuffie) roommate Robert (Mark Dubovec) picking him up on the floor of their Boston college apartment. But Danny fell asleep […]

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