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Here’s lookin’ at you, Vic

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DCP’s theatre critic Jacqui Theobald reminisces By Jacqui Theobald Old theaters. There is something special about them, whether it’s a storied Broadway house or our very own Victoria. Even if there has been a renovation, they smell a little different. They often boast velvet seats, perhaps new and spiffy, perhaps a little worn around the […]

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On Stage

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All’s busy and productive in Dayton’s theatre world By Jacqui Theobald Right now, March 15 – Auditions at the Dayton Playhouse – Tonight only!  If you’ve always had a hankering to don knee breeches and a white wig and sing those memorable songs from 1776, the Musical, hurry to the Playhouse at 1301 E. Siebenthaler, […]

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Into the jungle

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Dayton Theatre Guild’s two-person show ‘Slowgirl’ By Jacqui Theobald If you like the small plays, the kind of piece that can dig into your heart and pose gnarly, moral questions, featuring a pair of charming characters, then Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” will be your delight. It opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 13, weekends, at […]

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So you want to get on stage? By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Joshua Lisec as King Rex and Tamra Francis as Madame Mysterioso in Mayhem and Mystery’s “New Orleans”; photo: Peter Wine, MediaMoments Mayhem and Mystery Interactive Theatre at the Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem in downtown Dayton? Not really, except at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Another season of […]

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Walking on broken glass

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‘Glass Menagerie’ finally at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald “You may have a vague memory of reading Tennessee Williams’ first play in school, but have you ever seen it?” queries Kevin Moore, artistic director and president of the Human Race Theatre Company. In fact, this is the first time in its 30 years […]

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Theatre season’s second half begins with variety By Jacqui Theobald Photo: J. Gary Thompson (center) plays Sir in Dayton Playhouse’s The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Way, way down in the brick-walled basement—vintage 1866—the very first construction of the Victoria Theatre holds up a mighty history with stalwart strength and […]

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Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins flies

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A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love fest By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Brianna Russ, Megan Braun and Jamey Paul in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, Jan. 14-17 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Ben Morrison The Muse Machine presents Mary Poppins. Seems simple and delightful, right? You know the whimsical story of the almost-magic nanny, the chimney sweep and the […]

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The elf and the monologue

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David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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On stage 12/15/15

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Give holiday gifts of theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jonathan Kelly stars as Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at Sinclair Give magic! Taking the opportunity to introduce your youngest family members or friends to live theatre would be a memorable present, maybe even the beginning of a lifelong interest. Two different […]

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On Stage 11/17/15

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Just right to find real holiday mood By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Eric Thompson and Abby Kress star in Dare to Defy Productions’ Footloose, Nov. 27-28 at the Victoria Theatre Dayton Theatre Guild—All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914—Nov. 20-Dec. 6 One-hundred and one years ago, an extraordinary moment occurred when enemies came together and […]

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A new bloom

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Steel Magnolias returns to Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Carolyn Popp, Christine Brunner, Caitlin Larsen, Julia Geisler, Patricia Lindart and Maretta Zilic perform in Steel Magnolias through Nov. 29; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Sally Field is not one of the “Steel Magnolias” on stage at the Loft Theatre this month and she […]

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On Stage 10/20/15

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To Cali and back again By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Dayton Playhouse cast rehearses for “The Diary Of Anne Frank,” which they will perform Nov. 6-15 Beavercreek on the edge You are invited to vacation in California when the Beavercreek Community Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “California Suite,” opening Oct. 30 and playing weekends through Nov. […]

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Based on a true story

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents “The Columnist” now through Oct. 18 By Jacqui Theobald Photo: David Shough as Joseph Alsop and Rick Flynn as brother Stewart Alsop in the Dayton Theatre Guild’s performance of “The Columnist”, playing now through Oct. 18 Fair? No. Balanced? Never. Opinionated? Always. Joseph Alsop, the mid-twentieth century syndicated political writer was […]

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Human Race bares it all

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The Full Monty is a winner By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Human Race Theatre Company presents The Full Monty through October 4; photo: Scott J. Kimmins The Full Monty (book by Terrance McNally, music and lyrics by David Yazbek), about a bunch of out-of-work blue-collar Buffalo guys, is full of very likable music supporting a […]

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On Stage 9/15/15

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Back to school, back to Broadway By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Emma Kowatch and Caleb Curby in Cedarville Community College’s production of “Father of the Bride” photo: Scott Huck Beavercreek Community Theatre—Merrily We Roll Along, Sept. 18-27 It’s Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics, and that’s really the most significant thing you may need to know as […]

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On stage: 8/18/2015

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Two classics and an Irish romance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Back row: Mike Beerbower, Teresa Connair; Front row: Dave Nickel, Connie Fowler Strait in Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Outside Mullingar” Dayton Theatre Guild // “Outside Mullingar” // Aug. 21-Sept. 6 Not that this summer has been a slow one theatrically, but fall gets an early start […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]