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Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Red Herring continues their ambitious season with the world premiere of Creighton James’ dark comedy Dirt in a visceral, frenetic mounting directed by Amanda Phillips. Dirt recasts Sam Shepard’s working-class surrealism as a cartoonish farce. Jimmy (Benjamin Turner) returns to his hometown in the heart of coal country Pennsylvania for the first time in seven […]

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Theatre Review: Hamilton Worth the Wait

Anne Evans Anne Evans Theatre Review: Hamilton Worth the Wait

If you weren’t aware, a little musical by the name of Hamilton opened in Columbus this week. Columbus has only been waiting, oh, about two years for this! And, dayum, Hamilton is definitely worth the wait! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers in a modern, contemporary way […]

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Theatre Review: Available Light’s Hilarious and Painful ‘Appropriate’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Available Light’s Hilarious and Painful ‘Appropriate’

Happy families have no place on the stage since King Lear and before. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, opening this weekend in a visceral, hot-blooded production directed by David J. Glover for Available Light, skewers the contemporary model of toxic-family play, sets it on fire, and illuminates ugly truths about the human condition from a fresh, surprising […]

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Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage Closes 2018 With Delightful Mamma Mia!

Short North Stage draws a curtain on 2018 with a burst of Mediterranean sunshine in their jubilant production of the smash hit, ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaes and book by Catherine Johnson, directed and choreographed by Dionysia Williams. ABBA’s evergreen songs master an uncommon blend of […]

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eMBer Women’s Theatre’s Vibrant Love, Loss and What I Wore

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford eMBer Women’s Theatre’s Vibrant Love, Loss and What I Wore

With their second full production, eMBer Women’s Theatre takes on Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway smash Love, Loss, and What I Wore, (adapted from the book by Ilene Beckerman) directed by Michelle Batt. With this second production, the company establishes itself as a vital voice in Columbus theatre. Love, Loss, and What I Wore […]

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Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Short North Stage’s Rapturous La Cage Aux Folles

Short North Stage continue their season with a beautiful version of the hit drag comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein’s (book) 1983 Broadway adaptation of Jean Poiret’s play is directed by Michael Licata and choreographed by Edward Carignan. Albin (Thom Christopher Warren) is the star attraction at La […]

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CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO and Evolution Shine Light on a Dark Piece of History in Engrossing Breaking the Code

CATCO and Evolution Theatre Company continue their streak of superlative co-productions with their engrossing, moving production of Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code, directed by Joe Bishara. Breaking the Code refracts and illuminates the life of computer science and cryptanalysis legend Alan Turing (Ian Short). This production, under Bishara’s assured hand, captures the elegance of the […]

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