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New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula” The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  […]

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Beyond sensation

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“The Miracle Worker” opens Wright State season By Brian P. Sharp For many, the story of Helen Keller is a familiar one. As a blind, deaf and mute child, Keller’s parents failed to properly discipline her, allowing her to run wild by the age of six. Desperate to help their child, the Kellers hired Anne […]

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Who is Maxine?

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Human Race Theatre season opens with Managing Maxine By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company kicks off its 2012-2013 season with Janece Shaffer’s “Managing Maxine,” an unlikely love story with an unconventional heroine featuring Broadway actress Jana Robbins as Maxine and television veteran Steve Vinovich as Arthur. She’s bold, yet tender. She’s brash, […]

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Ice pops…not just for kids anymore!

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Sweet P’s takes Ice Pops…gourmet By Brian P. Sharp Summertime holds a lot of memories for me: summers at the farm in Michigan picking cherries right off the tree, playing with my cousins on the white sand beaches along Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan, and cookouts by the lake. Times were simpler…or so it seemed.  […]

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Take a bow

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DayTonys Awards for recent local theatre season By Brian P. Sharp The theatres from the Miami Valley area gathered together on Aug. 11, 2012 to celebrate the best of the best from the last theatre season. A night of celebration it was, as 157 awards were presented.  There were 11 participating theatres, 44 productions under […]

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Shiver me dinner!

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At 40 years, Treasure Island Supper Club keeps it simple By Brian P. Sharp One of Dayton’s dining traditions is just minutes from downtown Dayton in Moraine.  Treasure Island Supper Club – known for seafood, steaks and the famous seafood salad.  I decided to give this “treasure” a visit recently.  Not much of the décor has […]

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Festival of New Plays

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Dayton Playhouse’s Future Fest returns By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse, located within the Wegerzyn Garden Complex, plays home to a nationally recognized festival of new plays July 27, 28 and 29.  This festival, now in its 22nd year, has received attention from the playwriting community in this country and beyond.  The festival that takes place […]

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More, Please?

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50 Years of Fine Dining at The Oakwood Club By Brian P. Sharp There aren’t many restaurants (privately held) that have the honor of celebrating 50 years of providing great food and outstanding service.  The Oakwood Club is one of those restaurants.  It’s hard to be a loyal Daytonian and not spend some time at The […]

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Come-back Style

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Appreciating Iconic Shopping in Dayton History By Brian P. Sharp To answer that…we must first know if there ever was?   When I was a child, shopping meant going downtown.  I remember fondly getting on the bus with my Grandmother and heading downtown.  I learned the fine art of shopping from my Grandma Betty and Aunt […]

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Kicking Off Summer on Stage

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Previewing Regional Theatre Offerings By Brian P. Sharp The Story of My Life at The Dayton Theatre Guild The Dayton Theatre Guild concludes its 2011-12 season with the Season Extra “The Story of My Life,” music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, book by Brian Hill, June 1 – 17. It is directed by Debra Kent […]

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Band Geeks

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One of a kind Performance Shows Us a New Meaning of the Word “Geek”  By Brian Sharp“Is your self esteem one swirly away from annihilation?” If so, you might just be a band geek!  At least that is one of the points made in Band Geeks!, running currently at The Loft Theatre – a production […]

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Come and Roost in Downtown

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Oregon District eatery delivers fine dining and atmosphere By Brian Sharp Some nights, after a long day at work, you painfully pour over the options for where to have dinner… because cooking just isn’t an option.  This particular evening was such the case.  However, it was a beautifully clear, warm evening and the thought of […]

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Am I Seeing Green?

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Wicked Takes the Schuster Center by Storm By Brian Sharp Dayton gets the pleasure once again of experiencing Wicked – the untold story of the witches of Oz.  The Schuster Center will host this amazing piece of musical theatre for the next four weeks.   The popularity of this musical is nearly cult-like.  There are people […]

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Onstage

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Theatre In The Miami Valley By Brian P. Sharp Bus Stop is at Dayton Playhouse A lot can happen in a single night — especially at a street corner restaurant in a small Midwestern town where a busload of stranded passengers waits out a snowstorm. Take yourself back to a diner about 30 miles west […]

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The Dining Experience

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Fleming’s: Breaking Boundaries By Brian P. Sharp As an epicurean critic, I normally swear off “chain” restaurants.  However, recently I have thought a lot about whether certain chain restaurants deliver a “dining experience,” a white tablecloth environment that delivers great food and quality service that sets them above the other “chains.” Can a “chain restaurant” […]

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It’s Delicious at De’Lish!

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Experience an Excellent Dining Option Downtown By Brian P. Sharp. Another great white tablecloth restaurant option exists right in the middle of downtown Dayton!  As a downtown resident it always humors me when people ask … “what is there to do downtown?”  Obviously, these are people that are so absorbed in suburbia that they have […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]