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Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: CATCO’s Evocative, Moving ‘Home’

CATCO leans into its core strengths with an invigorating production of Samm-Art Williams’ mythopoetic 1980 Tony nominee Home directed by David S. Harewood. Home traces the journey of Cephus (Rico Romalus Parker) through a vibrant abstraction of the mid-20th century black experience (including the Great Migration and Vietnam), watching his friends die and society turn […]

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Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ad Hoc’s Uproarious, Incisive Revival of ‘Chamber Music’

Ad Hoc Theatre Company formed under the mission statement “to support Planned Parenthood by creating beautiful art about powerful women.” They lean into that mission with a vibrant, challenging take on Arthur Kopit’s 1965 absurdist comedy Chamber Music, directed by Jeb Bigelow. Bigelow has assembled one of the strongest casts I’ve ever seen in a […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Red Herring Productions wrap up their run at the Franklinton Playhouse with an electrifying production of Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning family drama The Humans, directed by McKenzi Swinehart. The Humans takes place in real-time as Brigid Blake (Becca Kravitz) and Richard Saad (Brian A. Palmer) host Brigid’s parents, Erik (Christopher Moore Griffin) and Deirdre (Nancy Skaggs), […]

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Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: MadLab’s Haunting, Sparse ‘The Spare Room’

MadLab opens their 2019-20 season with a regional premiere of The Spare Room, Dakota C. Hill’s meditation on love in the face of tragedy, directed by James Blackmon. The Spare Room traces the reverberations forward and backward in time made by a short, sharp shock of a tragedy that set the cozy, domestic love between […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Red Herring continues its mission of bringing less-performed (in Columbus) classics to our stages with a crackling, brutal production of David Harrower’s debut Knives in Hens, directed by Penny Napoli. This tight, hundred-minute (no intermission) play centers on a rural village in a pre-industrial but post-printing press time. An unnamed young woman (Jordan Davis), married […]

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Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Dear Evan Hansen is the rare contemporary Broadway musical to captivate a wide swath of public attention. On every trip I’ve made to NYC since its transfer from Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater to the great white way, I’ve seen more Playbills for and overheard more conversations about this show by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul […]

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Theatre Review: Ember Women’s Theatre’s Charming ‘Terms of Endearment’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Ember Women’s Theatre’s Charming ‘Terms of Endearment’

eMBer Women’s Theatre returns to the MadLab space with Terms of Endearment, directed with a sure hand by Michelle Batt with Vicki Andronis as assistant director.  This Terms of Endearment boasts a script by Dan Gordon, adapted from James L. Brooks’ screenplay for his 1983 film based on Larry McMurtry’s novel. It zooms in on […]

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