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Wonder at one man, an ‘Odd Couple,’ plus some Guys and Dolls

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The choices are yours, tough with this spring’s theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Alan Bomar Jones as Thurgood Marshall in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘Thurgood,’ running April 27 – May 14 It starts with one-man show, ‘Thurgood,’ April 27–May 14 It’s history, as pertinent now as when it was the news of the […]

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In the golden afternoon

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The Human Race Theatre muses on age, family in ‘On Golden Pond’ By Jacqui Theobold Photo: (l-r) Charlie Clark, Jennifer Joplin, and Dale Hodges in the Human Race Theatre’s ‘On Golden Pond,’ running through April 23photos: Scott J. Kimmins You can almost hear the gentle lap of the pond that seems somehow to exist exactly […]

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A classic, a cult, and classes

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Lots of Laughs and looks at the human condition in April theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kylee Pauley as Gwendolen, Kathleen Day as Lady Bracknell, and Anand Sharma as Jack in X*ACT Theater’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’; photo: Connie Strait   X*ACT goes Wilde with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ March 31–April 9 One […]

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Gossip girls

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‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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A normal ‘freak show’

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Classic ‘The Elephant Man’ reveals our truths at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jared Mola (center) as John Merrick surrounded by the cast of ‘Elephant Man’ at Dayton Theatre Guild, March 17-April 2; photo: Rick Flynn   What makes a classic? They are nearly always good stories that show us important truths. We […]

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Definitely not sappy

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Two newer plays and two ambitious classics tackle ‘friendship’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Carrie Thurston as Fabian, Ian Snapp as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Suzy Kroeger as Lady Toby, and Timothy Kushmaul as Malvolio in ‘12th Night,’ March 3-12 at Playhouse South; photo: Sara Bortz Planning your theatre calendar for March will be a fine […]

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The forever ripple effect of ‘26 Pebbles’

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Human Race Theatre premieres a story of recovery and hope By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (clockwise from top left) Jason Podplesky, Gina Handy, Caitlin McWethy, Scott Hunt, Christine Brunner, and Jennifer Joplin star in ‘26 Pebbles’ Feb. 2-Feb 18; photo: Scott J. Kimmins During 2012 and later, we sent them 63,700 teddy bears. More than 900,000 […]

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Animals, affairs, puppets, anxieties

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February’s local theatre presents treats for all ages By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cleo Rungee as Kaa (left) and Mathis Hahn as Mowgli in Landmark Children Theatre Company’s production of ‘Jungle Book’ photo: Deb Sortman   Just for fun with ‘Same Time Next Year’ at Xenia’s X*ACT Theater If there’s a need for spirit lifters in […]

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Permanent scars and temporary tats

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Look inward with ‘Luna Gale’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham, Timothy Moore, Cheryl Mellen, Heather Atkinson, and Cassandra Engber perform ‘Luna Gale’ Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photo: K.L. Storer We make decisions all the time, based on…well, how do we decide what’s trivial or significant? That’s part of the challenge […]

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Greek gods, Americas, and roller skates

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Starting off this New theatre Year with Xanadu, ‘Foxfire,’ ‘The Women’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Ellie Krug (left) as Kira and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu, Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photos: Tina McPhearson Have we recovered from all the celebrations yet? Our local theatres are doing all they can to help us […]

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Take a seat

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Some old and some new from Human Race, Dayton Theatre Guild, and Playground By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Our very own elf at the Human Race, Dec. 8-17, ‘The Santaland Diaries’ ’Tis the season to be over-run by elves, […]

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Comedy with a brain

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘Hail Mary!’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo:Claire Kennedy as Mary and Jennifer Dorr White as Mother Regina Marie in Human Race Theatre’s ‘Hail Mary!’; photos: Scott J. Kimmins Who says you can’t laugh and think at the same time? Tom Dudzick’s play is about Mary, a young teacher with hopes of becoming […]

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All happy families are alike

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Ray Geiger as Tom, Ryan Shannon as Chris, Ryan Kelly as Katie, Tim Madden as James, and Karen Righter as Karen in ‘Unavoidable Disappearance’photo: KL Storer When Tom Durnin comes home, he supposes his family has been unchanged over the […]

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Cannibals and Fiddlers

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Two local productions prove Dayton theatre’s respect By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Danielle DeLorme as Mary Bland, John Nussbaum as Raoul, and Matthew Clifton as Paul Bland in ‘Eating Raoul’photo: Doug Lloyd More than one coastal playwright has remarked, in very positive terms, on the quality and variety of the local art scene. Almost raved, […]

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Small cast tackles the tide of illness

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‘The Outgoing Tide’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Matthew Smith as Jack, Barbara Jorgensen as Peg, and Peter Wallace as Gunnar in ‘The Outgoing Tide’ THE PLOT Bruce Graham appropriately has created a family that draws us, one way or another, into the most intimate of family issues, one that seems […]

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Acting forward in Dayton theatre scene

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Educating with Shakespeare, plus Camelot By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Human Race Theatre teaching artists plus trainer Kevin McClatchy (center back) use Shakespeare’s rhythm to ease communication for children with autism  Experienced director, new tricks at Playhouse “What do the simple folks do?” King Arthur and Guenevere wonder. Since few among us hobnob with royalty, we can safely […]

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]