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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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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Charming ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Charming ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Every Brilliant Thing is the one-character piece that introduced playwright Duncan MacMillan (written with original star Jonny Donahoe) to the world stage. A rare, charming play with suicide at its heart, the show’s popularity has not abated since the 2014 premiere. Evidence of that love includes an HBO filmed version of the Off-Broadway run and […]

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Available Light’s Hilarious, Rapturous [Porto]

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Hilarious, Rapturous [Porto]

Available Light starts their 2018-19 season with a sweet, subtle explosion. Their production of Kate Benson’s Off-Broadway hit [Porto] directed by Eleni Papaleonardos is a distillation of everything wonderful this company has brought to Columbus stages and the rare piece of art that leaves the viewer more hopeful for the world than when we walked […]

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Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Sparkling “Every Brilliant Thing”

Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, is a hilarious, ecstatic paean to the things that make us want to go on living. After acclaimed runs in London and New York, it arrives in Columbus in a perfect production, directed by Whitney Thomas Eads and starring Acacia Duncan, from Available Light. Duncan takes […]

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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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CATCO Plumbs Magic in the Mundane with The Realistic Joneses

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Plumbs Magic in the Mundane with The Realistic Joneses

Playwright Will Eno has an ear for the beautiful strangeness in the way humans talk to one another and the fine line between good intentions and horrible acts. His gift for turning observation into emotion with a hot, sharpened knife is on full display in CATCO’s glorious production of The Realistic Joneses directed by Joe […]

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Broadway Across America’s Lavish An American in Paris

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Broadway Across America’s Lavish An American in Paris

The touring Broadway production of An American in Paris, the Broadway adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron classic, opened in Columbus Tuesday in dazzling production at the Ohio Theatre. This 2015 re-imagining by the director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon grafted a new book by Craig Lucas (adapted from the original screenplay by […]

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