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Human Race rocks “Crowns”


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]