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Truth & Dare

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Dare to Defy theatre proves its spirit By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Lisa Glover as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors; photo: Laura Dell “What is Dare to Defy?” Daytonians are asking. It is a dreamer’s reality complete with costumes and music. It is hope looking for a full house. It’s a small group of innovators daring […]

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Ship and sinking stories

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‘The Last Lifeboat’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald photo: (l-r) Heather Martin as Florence Ismay, Heather Atkinson in multiple female roles, and Matt Lindsay as J. Bruce Ismay in ‘The Last Lifeboat’ photos: Craig Roberts In one of the few times in Theatre Guild’s 72-year history, a contemporary playwright came to see his show. […]

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Jesters and demons (and grandmas)

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Theatre As You Like It By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Brian Ressler as Andre and Judy Shaw as Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’; photo: Jene Shaw Free Shakespeare in historic South Park  This early 1623 classic is full of well-known quotes such as “too much of a good thing,” wrong assumptions, gender reversals, love, and […]

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A look into the FutureFest

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Theatre at its best—and lots of it By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of ‘The Griots,’ (from left to right) David Brandt, Judi Earley, Annie Pesch, questions ‘true history’ July 24; photo courtesy of Fran Pesch Theatre, at its best, tells us universal truths about the human condition—about ourselves. Situations and people differ, but we […]

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Tall tales and truth

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Equal one Big Fish By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Margo Russ as The Witch (back) and Brady Kress as Edward Bloom (front) in The Epiphany Players’ Big Fish; photo: Megan Wean Sears What happens when a dedicated group with a 26-year history presents just one musical each summer? Some 75 actors, a director/choreographer with a powerful […]

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Back to the future and a big reveal

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By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Director Robb Willoughby and cast in the first read-through of “Memories of the Game,” opening FutureFest July 22; photo: Doris Lockwoodleft to right (Andre Tomlinson, who plays the son, Michael; Nabachwa Ssensalo, who plays the daughter, Sharon; Marva Williams, who plays Karen, the mother; and Franklin Johnson, who plays Kenneth, the […]

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Master Class

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Human Race lives up to its name By Jacqui Theobald Maria Callas, a vaunted opera singer of the mid-20th century, had a life filled with turmoil and challenge. Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright, opera and musical theater lover, never created a play exactly like this one—part biographical, using recorded performances, and part introspective, imagined reflections. […]

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Into the spotlight

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A brief history of gay theatre By Jacqui Theobald Three years ago this column looked at a 500-year history of gay plays both subtle and bold, going back to the 19th century. It included Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 “Edward II” and its “homosexual implications,” and “A Florida Enchantment”—the first time two women kissed on a Broadway […]

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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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On Stage

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Murder mysteries, wizards and new seasons By Jacqui Theobald “Black Coffee” at Xenia’s X*ACT The proud little community theater at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia concludes its present season, focused on murder mysteries, with one of Agatha Christie’s very first plays, “Black Coffee.” Tony Copper directs. Performances are May 27-29 and June 3-5. A […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]