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Review: “Apocalypse” Night of MadLab’s 20th Theatre Roulette

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: “Apocalypse” Night of MadLab’s 20th Theatre Roulette

MadLab’s Theatre Roulette is a Columbus institution and still the best bang-for-your-buck sampling of new voices in bite-sized portions. Anyone who assembles three nights of brand new shorts for 20 years should be commended. For this 20th anniversary, I saw the Apocalypse night, directed by Laura Spires with assistance from Mary Sink and Kayla Theis. […]

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Review: A Messy, Rewarding Task of Living in ‘Remain in Light’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: A Messy, Rewarding Task of Living in ‘Remain in Light’

Available Light end their roller coaster of a 2018-2019 season with Remain in Light, written and directed by executive director Matt Slaybaugh. This kaleidoscopic, physical collage tackles some of the biggest questions facing us today: how do we find meaning? What makes us happy? How do we get out of bed and try to make […]

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Review: Jubilant Hit Revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Comes to Broadway In Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Jubilant Hit Revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Comes to Broadway In Columbus

Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Michael Stewart’s (book) adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, has delighted audiences since its 1964 debut. A high-water mark for productions comes to the Ohio with the first tour of the 2017 Broadway smash revival, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. This tale of […]

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Review: Painful and Beautiful Slice of Americana in ‘Waiting to be Invited’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Painful and Beautiful Slice of Americana in ‘Waiting to be Invited’

Red Herring Productions teams with PAST Productions for a moving, righteous production of S. M. Shepard-Massat’s Waiting to be Invited, directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush. Waiting to be Invited follows three friends and co-workers, Ms. Odessa (Julie Whitney-Scott), Ms. Delores (Patricia Wallace-Winbush), and Ms. Louise (Demia Kandi), in Atlanta in the early 60s, leaving work to […]

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Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Lord Denney’s Players Charming and Vibrant Romeo and Juliet

Lord Denney’s Players have the most specific and intriguing mandate in Columbus theatre, dedicating themselves to deep-dive explorations of Shakespeare’s evolutions and variations. They deliver on the promise of that mission with an explosive version of the rarely performed 1597 First Quarto version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Cat McAlpine (with assistant director Joseph […]

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Review: Available Light’s Barbed and Moving ‘This’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Available Light’s Barbed and Moving ‘This’

Available Light score another home run with their crackling production of This, the Off-Broadway comedy by Melissa James Gibson, directed by Acacia Duncan. This opens with a party game straight out of BF Skinner and never lets up in its relentless picking-apart of human rituals and contemporary ennui. Merrell (Shanelle Marie) and Tom (Jason Kientz) […]

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Review: Short North Stage’s Riotous and Charming Pippin

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Short North Stage’s Riotous and Charming Pippin

If any audience members still harbor doubt in their hearts that Amber Knicole is a star of supernova proportions, her turn as Leading Player in Short North Stage’s effervescent revival of Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Roger O. Hirson’s (book) Pippin, directed and choreographed by Edward Carignan, will lay those concerns to rest. A […]

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