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Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Imagine Productions’ Delightful Grease

Since its stage debut in 1971, kicked into overdrive with the film version in 1978, America has swooned over the musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (additional songs by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, and Scott Simon & Louis St. Louis). Imagine’s season-closing production, directed by Cathy Cordy, restores and amplifies the ferocious hormones […]

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Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed

Original Productions Theatre’s inaugural season takes up Dublin’s lovely Abbey Theatre after several seasons as the home for Tantrum Theatre with Johnrick Hole’s charming and ambitious comedy Shakespeare’s Bloody Deed, directed by Donovan Johnson. Hole crafts a sly fantasy of political intrigue around the historical foreclosure of Shakespeare’s (Stefan Langer) first theatre and the use […]

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Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Evolution Presents Area Premiere of The Vultures

Evolution kicks off their 2019 season with a handsome mounting of the area premiere of Mark Ridge’s riff on classic drawing room murder mysteries, The Vultures, directed by David S. Harewood. The Vultures unfurls at the mansion of a deceased publishing magnate 20 years after his death. Mr. West’s hatred of all living prospects for […]

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Review: Romeo and Juliet in Schiller Park

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Romeo and Juliet in Schiller Park

Actors’ Theatre’s inaugural show in the park (after their fun romp of Beowulf (and the Bard) indoors) this year is the evergreen story of young love going south in the face of deceit, history, and hunger: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Amanda Phillips. Phillips’ understanding that anxiety and grief drive the play fuels […]

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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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