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‘Next to Normal’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Next to Normal” at Victoria Theatre; [clockwise from top left] Emily Price, Jon Hacker, Trisha Rapier and Jamie Cordes; photo credit: Scott J Kimmins “Next to Normal” – a rock opera with a plot and a social conscience – is now playing at the Victoria Theatre […]

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On Stage

Many choices – Plays that move By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Matt Lindsay and Chuck Larkowski in “Retreat from Moscow” at Dayton Playhouse Dayton. Photo credit:  Jennifer Taylor Clarke Dayton has so many theatrical openings in early April that we would have to divide into very small pieces to go to all the opening nights. The good news […]

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We all have prejudices

“Race” at the Human Race Loft Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Alan Bomar Jones and Richard B. Watson in “Race” at the Loft Theatre April 9-21; photo credit: Scott J. Kimmins If you can leave the Human Race Loft Theatre with your assumptions and your vanities intact, you may be in denial. David […]

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The Pied Piper and his puppets

Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘And a Child Shall Lead’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: one of the puppets from Zoot Theatre company’s production of “And a Child Shall Lead” Under the most dire circumstances, children somehow find optimism and creativity, and most of all they find hope. Imagine what it took for 15,000 Jewish children under the […]

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On Stage

The future of the theatre, the “Bare” challenge and “Godspell” – nostalgia with a twist By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Heather Gorby and Tamra Francis (front) during Mayhem and Mystery’s production of  “Game Night Grudge”; photo credit: MediaMoments.com / Peter Wine Why Don’t You Go to the Theatre? This topic will be discussed and debated on Tuesday, March […]

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Crossing the goal line

“Lombardi” at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo:  Edward Furs as Vince Lombardi in the Human Race Theatre’s production of “Lombardi”; photo credit: Scott J. Kimmins After the National Anthem, a man in an overcoat and hat walks slowly down stage and stops, regarding those in front of him. He carries, almost caresses […]

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On Stage

Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Didn’t it rain, children, didn’t it rain!

Wright State presents “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”  By Jacqui Theobald photo: Cyndii Johson and Donnella Barbour [center] bring the first act to a close in “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” By the time you’ve experienced Dayton’s own true story brought to new life at Wright State University, you’ll feel you are in 1913. WSU re-creates […]

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“The Angels and the audience know … ”

J. Todd Anderson’s “Nativity, the Pop Opera”  By Jacqui Theobald “Nativity, the Pop Opera” is the BEST Christmas show in town,” according to its creator, J. Todd Anderson.  He is a Miami Valley boy who went to Hollywood, became a storyboard artist, now travels all over the world and, between jobs, comes home to Dayton […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]