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Theater Review: eMBer Women’s Theatre Returns With ‘Muses: A Short Play Festival’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: eMBer Women’s Theatre Returns With ‘Muses: A Short Play Festival’

eMBer presents their originally announced for 2020 festival, Muses, comprising four new plays directed by Michael Trakas, in one of my favorite not-often-used spaces for theatre, upstairs at German Village institution Club Diversity. As to be expected from new work, it’s a mixed bag but I found a lot to enjoy. The first half of […]

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MadLab Launches 25th Season With Moving ‘Sheridan’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab Launches 25th Season With Moving ‘Sheridan’

MadLab returns to in-person performance this weekend with the world premiere of Christian Missonak’s Sheridan, directed by James Blackmon. Sheridan centers on a Chicago couple, Lucy (Rachel Cagle) and Ethan (Ian George), grieving the stillbirth of their child in sharply drawn, unhealthy ways. Lucy’s friend Piper (Amanda Khosraviani) and Ethan’s brother Mark (Erik Bobbitt), drop […]

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Theater Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Beautiful Meditation on Memory With ‘Eurydice’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Actors’ Theatre’s Beautiful Meditation on Memory With ‘Eurydice’

Actors’ Theatre continues their triumphant return to Schiller Park with a dazzling production of Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s vibrant inversion of the Orpheus and Eurydice directed by Beth Josephsen. In shifting the focus from musician Orpheus (Jackson Mullins) to Eurydice (Emily Grim), Ruhl introduces Eurydice’s father (Matt Moore), long dead by the time we meet the […]

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Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Columbus Immersive Theater Brings Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to Riveting Life

In 1974, Stephen King’s best-selling debut novel Carrie set the tone for his character-driven, gut-wrenching horror and cemented itself as a pop culture phenomenon with the Brian De Palma film adaptation two years later. When I read Carrie as an adolescent, over a decade later, it kept every ounce of its ability to shock and, […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring Revives With Leonard Nimoy’s Homage to ‘Vincent’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring Revives With Leonard Nimoy’s Homage to ‘Vincent’

Red Herring returns to in-person entertainment in its terrific storefront space with a crowd-pleaser of another era, Vincent, Leonard Nimoy’s 1981 one-person homage to Vincent Van Gogh through the eyes of his brother Theo, directed by Michael Herring and with both parts played by Stefan Langer. Langer assails the highpoints of Van Gogh’s adult life […]

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The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns with Thought-Provoking Plays

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Columbus Black Theatre Festival Returns with Thought-Provoking Plays

The Columbus Black Theatre Festival by Mine 4 God Productions has grown into one of the brightest lights on the annual theatrical calendar. After a hurried -but successful- experimental pivot to Zoom last year, and the loss of their traditional home at downtown’s Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the festival returns with live performances in […]

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MadLab Returns With Their 25th Season and New Artistic Director Will Macke

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford MadLab Returns With Their 25th Season and New Artistic Director Will Macke

I’ve reviewed many shows in the intervening years. Still, the last general article on our longest-running company devoted exclusively to new work, MadLab, came in 2015 when I corresponded with then-Artistic Director Andy Batt as they set out on their 20th season.  As we inch our way toward whatever normal looks like, MadLab announced a […]

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