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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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On Stage

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Your guide to Dayton’s rich theatrical offerings By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile stars in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello and performed by the Human Race Theatre Company December 10-19, 2015 So many choices! So many theater groups. Will you make commitments for a season of plays from several different theatres? […]

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On stage 4/21/15

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A look ahead to spring theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dayton Playhouse presents Grease May 1-17 Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Criminal Hearts,” April 24-May 3, 2015 Jane Martin’s comedy will run for two more weekends at the Dayton Theatre Guild. In the unlikely role of ego-centric, neurotic, clueless-about-life Ata is multi-talented Katrina Kittle, a local theatre […]

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Making the grade

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A review of “Taking Shakespeare” at Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Johanna Leister as Prof and Jon Kovach as Murph in Human Race Theatre Company’s “Taking Shakespeare”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins We may know grouchy teachers and alienated students in the real world, perhaps none so passionate as the pair in the current HRTC […]

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One woman, one act

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Mary Lou Quinlan’s “The God Box” at UD By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Writer Mary Lou Quinlan will perform her one-woman play, “The God Box,” March 30-31 at University of Dayton “I let myself fall into my feelings and it was exciting to share this story about love,” Mary Lou Quinlan, writer/performer says of her one-woman […]

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On Stage

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Focus on the child within by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Town Hall Theatre of Washington Township presents “Snow White and the Prince” through March 22; photo: Ron Lambert “Peter Pan” lands locally for the weekend of March 19-22 and continues April 2-12 at Wright State University’s Festival Playhouse. Nobody does musical theatre better than the Wright State […]

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What’s in a name?

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” come to the Vic By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be presented March 10 through March 22 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins If “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” seems a challenging title to remember, just consider it’s […]

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On stage

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A premiere, a classic and a serious musical: Three contemporary issues by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rachel Wilson (Annabell), Shawn Hooks (Dr. Feld) and director Brian Sharp (center) in early rehearsals for Dayton Playhouse’s “Fix Me, Jesus” “I am flat-out curious,” Texas-born Helen Sneed said, anticipating the regional premiere at the Dayton Playhouse of her first […]

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On stage 01/20/2015

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Two openings and a remembrance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rob Willoughby as Hucklebee and Brian Sharp as Bellomy in Dayton Playhouse’s “The Fantasticks” “The Fantastics” Whether “The Fantasticks” is familiar to you or yet unknown, the Dayton Playhouse invites you to share their delighted smiles and good humor on a romantic journey to look at young […]

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Hit me with your best shot

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Human Race premieres Michael Slade’s new “Family Shots” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Human Race Theatre Company premeiers “Family Shots” Jan. 22-Feb. 8 at the Loft Theatre Bring in a heart throb, a popular theatre and TV soap star, an experienced stage-film-TV pro and, with others, prepare to create the first interpretation of New York […]

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State of the stage

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Area live theatre companies step back from the financial edge By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Dayton Theatre Guild Board members Patty Smith, President Kathy Mola and Rick Flynn Two major factors, financial stability and artistic standards, frame a discussion of what people closely involved in community theatre talk about as they assess the state of […]

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On Stage

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Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]