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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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On stage

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Dayton theatre scene is a big summertime happening By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Teryn Barker as Miranda, Kelly Johnson as Prospero and Judy Shaw as Ariel in the Shakespeare in South Park performance of “The Tempest” Shakespeare in South Park – “The Tempest” – Aug. 7-9 If you think Shakespeare as an all-age all-community endeavor must […]

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Staging the future

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FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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“CROWNS” WEB EXTRA

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An interview with Set Designer Tamara Honesty and Costume Designer David Covach photo: [l-r] Costume designer David Covach, music director Scot Woolley and scenic designer Tamara L. Honesty. Photo courtesy of The Human Race Theatre Company. Review: Human Race rocks “Crowns” I sat down with Tammy and David to talk about their designers’ process for “Crowns” […]

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Human Race rocks “Crowns”

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An amazing ensemble of singers and hats By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Jasmine Easler as Velma, Torrie Wiggins as Mabel, David Jennings as Man and Joy Lynn Jacobs as Wanda in “Crowns,” which will be performed by The Human Race Theatre Company through June 28; photo: Scott J. Kimmins An interview with Set Designer Tamara […]

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On Stage

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Of children and theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Vandalia Youth Theatre”s high school actors rehearse for this season’s production of “Mary Poppins”; photo: Matt Silver Some stories have an unexpected second chapter, impossible to foretell or even imagine. Last summer in the Dayton City Paper, I wrote about having taken 10 members of our family […]

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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 […]