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Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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On Stage

The proud and the playwrights By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Ariqa Bowens as Elizabeth Bennet and Shaun Diggs as Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” at Sinclair Community College; photo: Sam McConnell Hear the people sing How do you celebrate the 25 years of a community orchestra? “We’re aiming BIG,” Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s John Root […]

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Retro and relevant

A review of Human Race’s Miracle on South Division Street By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Lauren Ashley Carter as Ruth, Wendy Barrie-Wilson as Clara and Kyle Nunn as Jimmy in “Miracle on South Division Street”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins. A miracle of big laughs and knowing chuckles occurred at the Loft Theatre opening night as […]

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The play’s the thing

Ten rounds of a family tradition by Jacqui Theobald Photo: A morning tour of the Emerald City, before “Wicked” For some, it’s books or baseball. For others, it’s cars or cooking. The river that connects generations for our family has been a trip to New York for the first time at age 12, a tradition begun […]

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Flip the script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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On Stage

Summer extras: Dinner and a show, auditions and awards By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tamra Francis and Heather Gorby in Mayhem and Mystery’s “Reunion Reckoning”; photo: Jerry Francis Mayhem and Mystery at Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem and Mystery is in its own category – it’s not dinner theatre in the usual sense, but plays presented in restaurants, one […]

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On Stage

The summer cool-off By Jacqui Theobald Photo: A small crowd gathers for the grand illumination ceremony of the new Dayton Theatre Guild sign A July island Every summer, a gigantic and ambitious musical is mounted by Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Players Drama Ministry. For their 23rd season, Once on This Island takes the stage. A cast of […]

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A country show worth seeing

Human Race Theatre Company’s ‘Play It By Heart’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Sharva Maynard as Naomi Jasper, Kathryn Boswell as Jamie Lynn and Trisha Rapier as Jeannine in “Play It By Heart”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins “Play it by Heart’s” premiere is a total performance from the heart with touching music and a […]

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A play you must discuss

‘The Dead Guy’ by Eric Coble By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Christopher Hahn as Eldon and Amy Askins as Gina during a dress rehearsal of “The Dead Guy” at the Dayton Theatre Guild; photo: Peter Wine/MediaMoments.com How would you feel about a reality show with a million dollar bonus, but the ultimate cost of […]

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On Stage

Openings, premiers and summer camp – oh my! By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Children in the 2013 Human Race Theatre Company summer camp perform “The Wizard of Oz” PARTY IN XENIA If you happen to be turning f-f-f-fifty in 2014, The Xenia Area Community Theater, X*ACT has a birthday special just for you. If you’ve already had […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]