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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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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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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

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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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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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An unusual selection is a gift by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Danielle Kubasky (Sister Mary Amnesia),Angele’ Price (Sister Hubert), Angie Thacker (Sister Mary Regina), Cassi Mikat (Sister Robert Ann) and Tori Kocher (Sister Leo) in Dare to Defy’s “Nunsense” “Isn’t it Romantic” is not your ordinary seasonal feature. There are no fuzzy puppies and no kids in […]

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Auntie Mame comes to Dayton

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Human Race Theatre Company ‘opens a new window’ of fun By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zack Steele as Patrick, Lisa Ann Goldsmith as Mame and the cast of Mame; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Just when you think musical theatre productions at the Loft can’t get any better, here’s Mame, over the top with dra-maaat-ic characters (Mame […]

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The hands-on headless horseman

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Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot Theatre kick-off party held at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Where do you look when you have large puppets brought to life by energetic puppeteers working on a table top in front of a screen […]

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Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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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 […]