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Theater Review: CATCO’s Vibrant and Charming ‘Application Pending’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: CATCO’s  Vibrant and Charming ‘Application Pending’

CATCO kicks off 2020 with a dazzling high-wire act: a fast, fun production of Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg’s Off-Broadway hit Application Pending directed by Steven C. Anderson. Application Pending features Christine Evans (Vanessa Sawson) on the first day she’s plucked from her life as a kindergarten classroom assistant and thrown to the wolves – […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Gallery Players closes 2019 with a frenzied, funny ride through the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics), directed by Tim Browning.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Jay Rittberger) on a tip from family […]

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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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