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Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box Comes to the Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box Comes to the Wexner Center

Almost 30 years after his death, and 80 years after his early research at Harvard, BF Skinner still looms large over our contemporary understanding of behavior. One of the most discussed looks at what he taught us and how those lessons have reverberated with later experimental psychologists – and why we still don’t always want […]

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Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Short North Stage and King Arts Complex Present The Mountaintop

Short North Stage teams up with the King Arts Complex to bring a new production of The Mountaintop to the Green Room at the Garden Theater directed by Alan Bomar Jones. The production coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. The Mountaintop announced Katori Hall, its playwright, as one of […]

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Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

For true theatre connoisseurs in Columbus, there isn’t a better time of year than Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative. As with last year, the core producing duo of Available Light Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh and for/word company Founder and Director Jennifer Schlueter are joined by Karie Miller, and this festival of brand-new work returns to […]

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See Andrew Schneider’s Dazzling Youarenowhere at the Wexner Center Through January 21

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Andrew Schneider’s Dazzling Youarenowhere at the Wexner Center Through January 21

Fresh from premiering his new work at New York’s Under the Radar fest, the Wexner Center for the Arts presents Andrew Schneider’s Youarenowhere this weekend. OBIE-winning artist Andrew Schneider is at the vanguard of artists using technology in the service of performance to investigate the connective tissue of perpetually switched-on modern life. The Village Voice […]

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The Trip Brings Acclaimed Multidisciplinary Take on Orpheus and Eurydice to Strongwater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Trip Brings Acclaimed Multidisciplinary Take on Orpheus and Eurydice to Strongwater

People, myself included, hold up the Orpheus myth as a cautionary tale. Its story of a headstrong musician who tried to rescue his betrothed, Eurydice, from Hades but couldn’t keep the faith, still has juice over a thousand years later. The Trip, a company started in 2012 by Tom Dugdale and Joshua Kahan Brody, mount […]

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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

For over 20 years, Suzanne Bocanegra’s work across media has combined a voracious curiosity, a keen eye for history, and most of all a sense of rapture specific to collage. In Bomb, composer Julia Wolfe said, “Bocanegra’s art is human, historical, filled with the material of life, highly organized and highly messy all at the […]

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