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The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns July 12-14

All the finest culture is homegrown. Julie Whitney Scott’s Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) shines as an example of that truism, more pronounced than ever. For the last six years, CBTF has nurtured voices and shone a light to inspire writers and actors to bring their own truth to life. I interviewed Scott by email […]

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The Wexner Center Presents Norwegian Collective Verdensteatret’s HANNAH

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Wexner Center Presents Norwegian Collective Verdensteatret’s HANNAH

The Wexner Center made its name by bringing international art of the highest caliber to Columbus, regardless of genre. Much of the work that’s cut deepest and left the most lasting impression has been hard to categorize and almost impossible to describe. The latest entry in that storied list is an appearance by the exciting […]

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Denison University Presents Immersive Play ‘Information For Foreigners’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Denison University Presents Immersive Play ‘Information For Foreigners’

Plays of protest don’t get much more powerful than Argentinian writer Griselda Gambaro’s 1974 Information for Foreigners. Denison University presents an intriguing new staging of this underrated classic. As with many things, necessity was the mother of invention, as director Eleni Papaleonardos told me when we spoke by phone. “Denison is finishing up building a […]

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Smash Hit “Hand to God” Returns to Short North Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Smash Hit “Hand to God” Returns to Short North Stage

Robert Askins’ brilliantly funny and scabrous comedy about demonic possession set in a church’s puppet class, Hand to God, had its regional premiere — after acclaimed Off-Broadway and Broadway runs — at Short North Stage in 2017, directed by Edward Carignan. In my rave review for this site, I said, “Hand to God never goes […]

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Imagine Productions Takes on Sondheim’s Much-Loved Into the Woods

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Imagine Productions Takes on Sondheim’s Much-Loved Into the Woods

Imagine Productions present a production of Stephen Sondheim’s most accessible musical Into the Woods (with book by James Lapine), directed by Brandon Boring. I caught a dress rehearsal early in the week and spoke with the director. It’s not fair to fully review a performance the point of which is to work through technical issues, […]

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Berlin’s Zvizdal: [Chernobyl – So Far So Close] Makes US Debut at Wexner Center

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Berlin’s Zvizdal: [Chernobyl – So Far So Close] Makes US Debut at Wexner Center

On December 25-26 in 1986, in the northern Ukranian town Pripyat, a safety test led to a level seven nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant. For more than three decades hence, “Chernobyl” has been synonymous with the hubris of man and the devastating potential of technology. The Belgian troupe, Berlin, spent five years visiting […]

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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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