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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s Gritty and Buoyant ‘Saturday Night Fever’

John Badham and Robert Stigwood’s 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever is remembered largely for its soundtrack and a few indelible pop culture images, but it’s always been a darker, more complicated story of Brooklyn strivers terrified of being left behind and the community and catharsis found in a dance club. Short North Stage continues […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Gallery Players closes 2019 with a frenzied, funny ride through the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics), directed by Tim Browning.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Jay Rittberger) on a tip from family […]

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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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