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Actors’ Theatre Concludes their 2018 Season with Beautiful Midsummer Night’s Dream

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Actors’ Theatre Concludes their 2018 Season with Beautiful Midsummer Night’s Dream

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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Red Herring’s Gripping, Smoldering Equus at Franklinton Playhouse

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Red Herring’s Gripping, Smoldering Equus at Franklinton Playhouse

Peter Shaffer’s provocative 1973 play Equus was an almost-immediate sensation through London and Broadway productions and revivals bloom seasonally. A triumphant new production, directed by Jordan Davis, opens this weekend at Franklinton Playhouse. Equus centers on a tête-à-tête that slides between a battle of wits, fatherly tough-love instruction, and a cage match. Martin Dysart (Verne […]

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Wild Women Writing Produces Shorts by Acclaimed Playwright Will Eno

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Wild Women Writing Produces Shorts by Acclaimed Playwright Will Eno

There are few contemporary playwrights more acclaimed than Will Eno. Eno has tapped into a stripe of the American neurosis with an eye both witty and unsparing. Columbus has had a spate of fantastic productions of his work over the last few years, from Otterbein to CATCO to Available Light but arguably his finest local […]

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Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Tantrum Theater’s Riotous, Devastating ‘Next to Normal’ Runs through July 29

From the moment it premiered Off-Broadway in 2008, Next to Normal was special. Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey’s (book and lyrics) leaped to the front of the pack of sophisticated musicals that grapple with serious, adult themes. It’s also one of the finest examples of the even rarer group (still) of stage musicals that integrate […]

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Eclipse Tries to Capture Irish Magic in Columbus Premiere of Outside Mullingar

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Eclipse Tries to Capture Irish Magic in Columbus Premiere of Outside Mullingar

Eclipse Theatre Company opened the Columbus premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, directed by Kathy Sturm, who also stars and handles set and lighting design. Outside Mullingar is a dark-and-sweet comedy about his ancestral homeland, Ireland, during the last economic crisis. Patriarch Tony Reilly (Jim McCullough) is in deep reflection after the funeral of […]

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Big Laughs and Tenderness in Tantrum Theater’s Regional Premiere of The Cake

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Big Laughs and Tenderness in Tantrum Theater’s Regional Premiere of The Cake

Even-handedness and fair consideration are goals we should all strive for and some of the hardest virtues to master. As difficult as they are to achieve in life, they’re twice as hard to grasp in drama without the story falling apart. That difficulty makes Bekah Brunstetter’s sweet slice of urban-meets-rural life, The Cake, so refreshing. […]

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