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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Presents Virtual Premiere of Off-Broadway Hit ‘When Pigs Fly’

Current times have forced all of us to be flexible in the face of new regulations, new requirements, and new data. As recently as a couple of months ago when I previewed their moving online adaptation of Andrew Lippa’s John & Jen, Short North Stage still hoped to open their 2020-21 season with the roaring […]

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Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Evolution Theatre Company Premieres The Sissy Chronicles at Abbey Theater

Many of my favorite theatrical experiences in the before times resulted from collaborations between Evolution Theatre Company, under the leadership of Mark Schwamberger, and Joe Bishara, at the time with CATCO, including Breaking the Code and Corpus Christi. Schwamberger and Bishara renew their collaboration as part of the Abbey Theater’s exciting Virtual Theatre project with […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Returns With Digital ‘John & Jen’

Every piece of our lives changed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Theater and performance art, which depends on a circuit of energy, a connection of being in the same room at the same time, suddenly screeched to a halt. For the last few months, theatrical troupes have mulled over “What’s next?”  Many of […]

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Theater Preview: Wexner Center Hosts Australia’s Back to Back Theatre’s First Ohio Appearance

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Wexner Center Hosts Australia’s Back to Back Theatre’s First Ohio Appearance

The Wexner Center has done an outstanding job of cultivating international relationships with companies, curators, and performers, for longer than I’ve been a regular attendee (about 25 years of its 31-year run). They’ve outdone themselves with their February offering. One of the most vivid, stunning, moving ensembles I’ve ever seen on a stage, Australia’s Back […]

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Theatre Preview: Available Light Summons Unabashed Empathy in Columbus Premiere of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Available Light Summons Unabashed Empathy in Columbus Premiere of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Cheryl Strayed cuts a deep and personal swath through the American moment in her novels and memoirs. Her time as an advice columnist for The Rumpus stood as both an outlier and an apotheosis, turning her hard-won life lessons into the sharp caring her readers needed. Playwright Nia Vardalos – best known for My Big […]

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Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Short North Stage Opens Season with Explosive Columbus Children’s Theatre Collaboration ‘West Side Story’

Upon its debut in 1957, West Side Story transplanted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the youth gangs of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, electrified America, and solidified movements in musical theatre to tackle more complex, realistic subject matter. This collaboration of Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), and Jerome Robbins (choreography and direction), […]

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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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