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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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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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Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Closes Short North Stage Season

Drag and rock-and-roll both — among other duties — provide a tough, velvet chrysalis for a dark past to transform into something beautiful and defiant. One of the finest examples of the glory and transformative power of those art forms in a theatre is John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask’s (music and lyrics) cult […]

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Review: Actors’ Theatre Kicks Off Season With Witty ‘Beowulf (And The Bard)’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Actors’ Theatre Kicks Off Season With Witty ‘Beowulf (And The Bard)’

Actors’ Theatre opens their 2019 season at MadLab with a world premier of the fast, funny, and family-friendly Beowulf (And the Bard), written by Vidas Barzdukas and Christopher Bartlett’s and directed by Philip J. Hickman. Beowulf (and The Bard) recasts the classic English epic poem as a goofball buddy comedy. A long-suffering bard (Christina Yoho) […]

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Review: CATCO’s Funny and Heartfelt ‘Life Sucks’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: CATCO’s Funny and Heartfelt ‘Life Sucks’

CATCO’s crowd-pleasing and laugh-filled production of Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks, directed by Steven C. Anderson, returns the greatest rewards if the audience ignores the “Adapted (Sort of) from Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya” credit. Someone who loves Uncle Vanya as much as I do spent much of the first act looking for deeper connections and shared […]

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Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: OSU Theatre Presents Riveting The Wolves

The OSU Department of Theatre presents Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-finalist The Wolves in a raw, stripped-down, and switchblade-sharp production directed by Elizabeth Wellman, opening this weekend. The Wolves follows the eponymous soccer team, part of a U17 girls’ indoor league for the latter half of their season. Each scene takes place before or after a week’s […]

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Review: Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s “The Flood”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s “The Flood”

Drama — across genres and media — is rife with water rising above characters’ heads, in both a literal and figurative sense. The most recent example of this is the engaging one-act original commission by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, The Flood, premiering this weekend. If you grew up in Columbus, especially on the […]

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