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Onstage: September 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp WSU grad Nick Verina will reprise his role as “Young Ben” in Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated musical “Follies” starring Bernadette Peters on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire makes a stop at X*ACT (Xenia Area Community Theatre) It only seems appropriate that during the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ […]

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The Paragon Club

What happened to all the supper clubs? by Brian P. Sharp There were the Tropics, Brown Derby, the Colony Club and Suttmillers… all considered supper clubs. Are they a thing of the past? Not in Centerville! The Paragon Supper Club, at 797 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, is going strong. The parking lot was crowded as we pulled […]

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Onstage, August 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp As we close the “theater year” for most of our area theaters and we near the 2011 DayTony and Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame awards, we arrive at the look back on the year of theatre in Dayton. This was a year of great loss in our […]

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Simply the best

DCP’s top picks for the best bakeries around the Miami Valley By Brian P. Sharp I’ve never met a baked good I didn’t like. It took lots of research and reminiscing, one too many sugar rushes, maybe a few pounds around my waistline after hours in the car on the ultimate quest for the best […]

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Getting your grub on …

Tradition continues at Grub Steak by Brian P. Sharp Grub Steak has been a Dayton tradition since 1963. Originally one of a number of fine restaurants on the North Main corridor — restaurants like Brown Derby, Suttmiller’s and the Tropics — Grub Steak is the only one of that group to survive. Grub Steak is […]

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Shakespeare for the masses

Dayton’s Free Shakespeare! not exactly much ado about nothing By Brian P. Sharp Shakespeare for free is nothing new in the theatre community, but it is still fairly new to Dayton. The concept of free theatre, readings or even full performances, is many times an avenue in which actors and directors can perfect and enjoy […]

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It’s a dog eat dog (ice cream) world

How local eateries are letting man’s best friend chow down by  Brian P. Sharp For many of us, our pets are our children. They are treated like family members. They sleep with us, play with us and eat with us. They go everywhere with us. There are times while running errands with your pet that […]

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Onstage July

The Lion King

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Lion continues to roar It is hard to go anywhere in Dayton without hearing about The Lion King and what it means to our community. I was able to see the show with my mother as we celebrated her 80th birthday. In her words, “This experience […]

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Mamma Mia!

After 32 years in business, Mamma DiSalvo’s still shines By Brian P. Sharp By Dayton has seen many Italian restaurants over the years, such as Dominic’s and Anticoli’s, but few are still around … that is except for Mamma DiSalvo’s. The traditions have continued since 1979 when Rinaldo and Elena DiSalvo and their family opened […]

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The Circle of Life

Dayton shows its pride as the national tour of The Lion King rolls into town By Brian P. Sharp More than 50 million people all over the world have discovered the phenomenon, the magnificence and the grandeur that is The Lion King and this week, the show is roaring into Dayton for a four-week run. […]

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Onstage June

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Human Race delivers over Memorial Day The Human Race Theatre Company is presenting Right Next to Me, a musical by Gregg Coffin. This form of Right Next to Me is different from the workshop production that was shown in 2009. This show tells us the story of […]

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Getting it right on ‘42nd Street’

Broadway comes to Wright State By Brian P. Sharp It really felt like Broadway has stormed Wright State University while watching 42nd Street with music by Harry Warren (lyrics by Al Dubin; book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble; based on the novel by Bradford Ropes). As the curtain goes up about three feet, you […]

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Been to Benham’s?

A second chance for a charmer south of downtown By Brian P. Sharp Some things aren’t what they used to be … or at least I felt that in going back to Benham’s after many years.  I drove by one day remembering fondly the amazing chicken salad on croissant that they always served … the […]

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Onstage: May

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Playhouse South shows us the results of war Playhouse South is in rehearsal for their next production, A Piece of My Heart, a play by Shirley Lauro based on the book by Keith Walker and directed by Craig Smith. This is the story of the many women […]

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Theatre that makes you think

‘Permanent Collection’ at Human Race By Brian P. Sharp So, when does one’s passion for “their cause” get in the way of progress? Is the art discriminatory? Are the employees discriminatory? Is the new director too passionate? Are his ways … in the way? Is the employee too rigid? Was a compromise possible? Did the […]

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Shake and Twist

‘All Shook Up’ premieres at Victoria Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Victoria Theatre just couldn’t help falling in love with their April 5 premiere of the touring production of All Shook Up, a musical based on a book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Certainly […]

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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 […]