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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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Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Gallery Players kicks off its landmark 70th season with a spare, beautiful production of Falsettos, music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and William Finn, directed by Ross Shirley. We meet the “hero” of Falsettos, Marvin (Will Macke), in 1979, right after he’s left his wife Trina (Rachel Hertenstein) and son […]

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Available Light Channels the Magic of Becoming Yourself in Dear Piqua

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light Channels the Magic of Becoming Yourself in Dear Piqua

Local actor and singer-songwriter Drew Eberly opens his sweet, earnest song cycle Dear Piqua this weekend in a charming Available Light production directed by Matt Slaybaugh. Drew Eberly gets the elephant in the theatrical room out of the way early by opening with a snatch of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and winkingly accusing the boss […]

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