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Holiday stages from Broadway to Dayton By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: Beavercreek Community Theatre, under the direction of Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham, presents “A Neverland Christmas Carol” Dec. 6–15 Our turn to see a judge’s own play “I didn’t dumb it down,” Helen Sneed said on one of the last preview performance before her first play, “Fix Me Jesus,” […]

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Above the law

“Antigone” at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [Foreground center; l to r] Bev Dines and Mary Mykytka in The University of Dayton Theatre Program’s production of “Antigone”; photo: Lori D’Agostino-Gough It was significant in 414 B.C. It was daring in 1944. It is a real challenge in 2013. The play is “Antigone,” […]

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On Stage

Imagine that: New, not-so-new and vintage classics By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Passengers on adjacent ships during rehearsal for the Sinclair Community College original production of “jux*ta*posed,” which runs Nov. 13–16 What do you do when you have a new space available, a zillion ideas and an eager staff and students? Certainly, it is the perfect […]

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Let’s do the time warp again!

‘Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show’ by Zoot Theatre By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: [l to r] Beth Conley and Ray Zupp star in Zoot Theatre Company’s production of “Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show”; photo: The Zoot Theatre Company The people in the front row were bouncing to the beat of the music and to their own nostalgic memories. “Rocky […]

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Travels toward a midlife crisis

‘Becky’s New Car’ by Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Patricia Linhart and Margaret Knapp in “Becky’s New Car”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins A whoosh of colorful highways running up, down and out to sea create a bold scene for The Human Race’s opening production of “Becky’s New Car,” by playwright […]

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On Stage

Community theatre heads into autumn By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Mike Webb with an audience member during Mayhem & Mystery at the Spaghetti Warehouse, which starts a new production on Mondays in September; photo: MediaMoments.com In Xenia, a lion roars “The Lion in Winter” brings all that old intrigue of court to the stage of X*Act, the […]

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Everyone’s a star

‘45 Seconds from Broadway’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: [l to r] Debra A. Kent, Marcus Simmons II and Debra Strauss; photo: MediaMoments.com August and September are known for fine harvests of corn, and you can find a bumper crop at the Dayton Theatre Guild this weekend. Growing in a metropolitan field […]

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True or false?

Debunking downtown Dayton myths By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Dancing to the big band sounds of the Hal Harris Orchestra performing at the Fiver Rivers MetroParks RiverScape pavilion; photo: Bill Franz “Do you still like living downtown?” People continue to ask, even after 10 years. Actually we love living in downtown Dayton. For us, and many […]

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On Stage

Beehives, genies and more at community theatres By: Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Hairspray” at The Dayton Playhouse, which runs weekends Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 The theatre scene in summertime Dayton has been a happening, full force, so the beginning of fall is a continuation, rather than a debut. Beginning with a pair of […]

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What happens in Dayton does not stay in Dayton!

Future Fest: Six new plays in 48 hours By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Richard Young during rehearsal for “The One with Olives”; photo credit: Andrew Thompson  “New plays are hard,” longtime Future Fest adjudicator New Yorker Helen Sneed said, insightfully as usual, because now she has her own script hovering in the wings of an off-Broadway fall […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

News of the weird

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]