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CATCO Closes Season with Rare Andrew Lloyd Webber: Aspects of Love

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Closes Season with Rare Andrew Lloyd Webber: Aspects of Love

CATCO ends their 2017-18 season with the Central Ohio premiere of the 1989 musical Aspects of Love, directed by Steven C. Anderson. This handsomely mounted and well-performed production of this Andrew Lloyd Webber (book and music) and Don Black & Charles Hart (lyrics), adapted from the novel by David Garnett, can’t overcome the baffling, disjointed, […]

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Evolution Begins 2018 Season With Sweet, Charming ‘Electricity’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Evolution Begins 2018 Season With Sweet, Charming ‘Electricity’

Evolution Theatre Company kicked off their 2018 season with the Midwestern premiere – in fact, the first production outside of California – of Terry Ray’s charming Electricity directed by Mark Schwamberger. Electricity traces the evolving friendship and complicated love of Gary (Terry Ray) and Brad (Ralph Scott) over four scenes spread 10 years apart. We […]

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Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Ends 2017-18 Season With Dynamic, Riveting ‘Assassins’

Short North Stage ends their season with a rifle blast of rage in a magnificent production of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and John Weidman’s (book) interrogation of the bitter irony at the heart of the American dream, Assassins, directed by Gina Handy Minyard. Assassins uses magic realism and metaphor to tease out the commonalities […]

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See SRO’s Magic Look at Loneliness in ‘Company’ Through June 3

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See SRO’s Magic Look at Loneliness in ‘Company’ Through June 3

SRO Theatre Company ends their 2017-2018 season strong with a biting, visceral take on Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and George Furth’s (book) groundbreaking 1970 musical Company, directed by Kristofer Green. “That’s what it’s all about – isn’t it?” A question that never needs to be asked if someone’s confident of the answer, and the […]

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Actors’ Theatre Returns to Schiller Park With Solid Macbeth

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Actors’ Theatre Returns to Schiller Park With Solid Macbeth

Actors’ Theatre opened their 2018 summer season with a solid production of one of the greatest William Shakespeare tragedies: Macbeth, directed by Philip J. Hickman. Macbeth remains (over four centuries after its premiere) perhaps the classic look at the corrosive effects of power (and the hunger it arouses). The young general, Macbeth (Dan Burleson), emboldened […]

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Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Provocative, Slow-Burn Triumph of An Octoroon

Available Light opens an exquisite production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon directed by Matt Slaybaugh. Slaybaugh and the cast grab the audience by the lapels and strap us into a roller coaster  through the twisted American landscape of race, class, and identity. They create a ride full of shocks, thrills, and riotous laughs that never […]

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Big Gamble in MadLab’s 2018 Theatre Roulette

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Big Gamble in MadLab’s 2018 Theatre Roulette

True to its namesake, MadLab’s annual multi-night short play showcase Theatre Roulette is always a risky proposition. Sometimes the audience witnesses a breathtaking miniature we’d never get to see anywhere else. Some nights we hope to break even on the time we invested and don’t quite get there. The “Future” night of this year’s Roulette […]

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