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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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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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