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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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Ogre the rainbow

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Shrek the Musical brings energy, talent and color to Miamisburg By Jacqui Theobald What makes a theatre lover? Exposure. It’s fun to see a good show and even more to be involved in being on stage or working backstage in a show that has quality music and a whimsical plot. Fifty-four kids ranging from fourth-grade […]

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Yeas vs nays

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History repeats itself with 1776 at the Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald That old cliché, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” may have instead a pleasurable re-acquaintance when The Dayton Playhouse brings the figures of the Declaration of Independence to life beginning May 6 running weekends through May 22. Anyone who may […]

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Where the magic happens

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Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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On stage

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Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]