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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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Four legs good, two legs bad

Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘Animal Farm’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zoot Theatre Company presents Animal Farm the next two weekends at Dayton Art Institute; photo: Bill Franz “‘Animal Farm’ is a natural for puppets,” Darren Brown, one of Zoot Theatre Company’s core ensemble of actor/puppeteers said. As performed by Dayton’s own creative puppet company, you may […]

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On stage

Remembering a local legend and celebrating local premieres By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “An Inspector Calls” at Dayton Theatre Guild UD offers round of applause for longtime theatre educator Darrell Anderson is an outstanding theatre person – not so good at predicting where his friends’ hearts lie. “I don’t think there’ll be many people at this retirement party […]

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Sharp wit and dynamic tensions

Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Kate Young as Polly Wyeth, Scott Stoney as Lyman Wyeth and Jennifer Joplin as Brooke Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins From fast-paced, clever family snipping to soul-shaking depths, Director Margarett Perry and her superb five-actor ensemble bring “Other […]

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Two farces and Hamlet in the ’70s

Just right for spring madness By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Chandler Hull as Annabella, Adam Silorey as Richard, David Widder-Varhegyi as Clown 2 and Eric Rasmussen as Clown 1 in “The 39 Steps” at Cedarville AT CEDARVILLE Think Alfred Hitchcock plot. Think fast-paced farce. Put them together in the same show. Oxymoron? “The 39 Steps,” opening Thursday, April […]

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Drama and dreams

Dare to Defy presents ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Bobby Mitchum and Jackie Darnell get some Legal Assistance from Mackensie Vonderbrink in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there is a delightful “proposal friendly” musical opening soon in Dayton. A new theatre company, […]

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Opportunities!

Shows to see, auditions to try and classes to take By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Expecting Isabel;” Front row [l to r]: Rachel Wilson and Angela Timpone; Back row [l to r]: Rick Flynn, Dorothy Michalski, Ellen Ballerene, Joshua Lisec and Amy Taint; photo: K. L. Storer “Hamlet” at Playhouse South Shakespeare’s so-called perfect […]

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Step into another world

Zoot Theatre presents ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Eric Arntz, Austin Smith, Stephanie Jenkins and Julia Howard in rehearsals for Zoot Theatre’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” at Dayton Art Institute, which runs weekends Feb. 28 through March 9; photo credit: Jacqui Theobald In the original C. S. […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]