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Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Gallery Players kicks off its landmark 70th season with a spare, beautiful production of Falsettos, music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and William Finn, directed by Ross Shirley. We meet the “hero” of Falsettos, Marvin (Will Macke), in 1979, right after he’s left his wife Trina (Rachel Hertenstein) and son […]

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Available Light Channels the Magic of Becoming Yourself in Dear Piqua

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Channels the Magic of Becoming Yourself in Dear Piqua

Local actor and singer-songwriter Drew Eberly opens his sweet, earnest song cycle Dear Piqua this weekend in a charming Available Light production directed by Matt Slaybaugh. Drew Eberly gets the elephant in the theatrical room out of the way early by opening with a snatch of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and winkingly accusing the boss […]

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MadLab’s Intriguing Science Fiction Drama The Wave that Set the Fire

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab’s Intriguing Science Fiction Drama The Wave that Set the Fire

MadLab’s season focusing on science fiction as commentary continues with the opening of their regional premiere of Ellen K. Graham’s The Wave that Set the Fire, directed by Kyle Jepson. In near-future Colorado – it’s implied the economic crash was five years ago – a government agent (Petra) shows up at a dilapidated house looking for […]

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Otterbein’s Dazzling Big Fish

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Otterbein’s Dazzling Big Fish

Otterbein opens their 2018-19 season with a dazzling production of John August (book) and Andrew Lippa’s (music and lyrics) Big Fish, the 2013 Broadway adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film, directed by Thom Christopher Warren. As in the book and film, this Big Fish traces Edward Bloom’s (Matt Gittins) life through the […]

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Goofy Throwback Fun in Short North Stage’s Toxic Avenger: The Musical

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Goofy Throwback Fun in Short North Stage’s Toxic Avenger: The Musical

For those of us who love ‘80s B-movies, no company name evokes nostalgia like Troma Pictures. Of the Troma catalog, no franchise had the same staying power and broad appeal – through four films, comic books, and a Saturday morning cartoon – as the weirdly sweet superhero spoof The Toxic Avenger. Short North Stage launches […]

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Actors’ Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Runs Through September 2

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Actors’ Theatre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Runs Through September 2

Done well, there is no more assured crowd-pleaser in William Shakespeare’s canon than the magical romp A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Actors’ Theatre wraps their 2018 Monsters & Men summer season with a production directed by Jennifer Feather Youngblood that exemplifies the best qualities of this play that set the standard for the fusion of fabulism […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s World Premiere of Tony Pasqualini’s Lost in Time

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s World Premiere of Tony Pasqualini’s Lost in Time

There are no surprises in Tony Pasqualini’s time-travel romance Lost in Time, opening in its world premiere at MadLab this weekend in a production directed by Tay Lane. Lost in Time opens with Danny’s (Chanse McDuffie) roommate Robert (Mark Dubovec) picking him up on the floor of their Boston college apartment. But Danny fell asleep […]

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