On Stage

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? Are you loyal to one or two? Perhaps you just have to see an old favorite or check out an unknown. How do you compare a professional company with community theatre? It’s a pleasure to have such challenges.

You never have to worry about conflicting dates because every organization is eager to accommodate with alternate choices. Each also offers many ticket options, if you want only part of the complete season. Prices are commensurate and all are more than reasonable, given the high quality each maintains.

The Human Race Theatre Company: regional professional company

Housed downtown at 126 N. Main St., frequently referred to as the Loft, the Equity company’s presentations are in a semi-round theater with excellent seating and great flexibility for set design. Casting is done in Chicago and New York as well as regionally. Upcoming shows include:

The Full Monty – The Broadway Musical, Book by Terrence McNally, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek , based on the film: September 10 to October 4, 2015

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling: November 5-29, 2015

The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, starring Tim Lile: December 10-19, 2015 (Holiday add-on for adults)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams: February 4-21, 2016

One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black: April 7-24, 2016.

Master Class by Terrance McNally: June 9-26, 2016

Add-on productions 2015-16: Loft series subscribers can purchase these additional offerings at discounted prices, before they go on sale to the general public:

American Mosaic – A combined celebration for Miriam Rosenthal Foundation at the Schuster: The talents of Dayton’s Ballet, Opera, Philharmonic, Bach Society, Human Race, Muse Machine and DCDC: September 19 and 20, 2015

Lewis Black in Concert at the Victoria. Benefit for the Human Race Theatre Company: October 11, 2015

Best of Broadway II (Part of the DPO Kettering Health Network Super Pops Series): May 13 and 14, 2016 at the Schuster Center.

For Subscriptions, special deals, tickets and other information visit humanracetheatrecompany.org or TicketCenterStage.com or call 937.228.3630.

The community theaters: Dayton Theatre Guild

Dayton’s oldest community theatre is proud of its newer and larger theatre at 430 Wayne Ave. and continues to upgrade its facility by increasing audience comfort and improving production equipment. Maintaining its popular feeling of intimacy, the theater maintains a similar layout with seating on three sides. It’s proud of its history of selecting new and lesser-known plays, often from well-known playwrights. The theatre always includes one classic show as well.

Shows are cast at local auditions that are listed on their website, Facebook and in this monthly column.

Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley: August 21-September 6, 2015

The Columnist by David Auburn: October 2-18, 2015

Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher: January 8-24, 2016

Slowgirl by Greg Pierce: February 26-March 13, 2016

The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote: April 15-May 1, 2016

Last Gas by John Cariani: May 27-June 12, 2016

Holiday Extra Show: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein, musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach: November 20-December 6, 2015

For information, subscriptions and tickets go to daytontheatreguild.org or call 937.278.5993.

The Dayton Playhouse

The Playhouse is renowned for presenting lavish musicals with stunning sets and costumes and high-energy song and dance that take advantage of their conventional stage. For next season, it has selected fine old crowd pleasers. Housed in a separate building, it reigns over Wegerzyn Gardens in a beautiful setting at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. The Playhouse also mounts a weekend of six new plays, FutureFest, every July. More information will follow about the upcoming 2015 FutureFest and updates of past plays.

Carousel by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein: September 11-27, 2015

The Diary of Anne Frank 1997 adaptation by Wendy Kesselman. Original play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett: November 6-15, 2015

The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley: January 22-February 7, 2016.

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch: March 11-20

1776, Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards and Book by Peter Stone: May 6-22, 2016

For information, subscriptions or tickets call 937.424.8477 or visit wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com.

Beavercreek Community Theatre

Beavercreek pays attention to the different interests of audiences with selections for the Mainstage, Edge of the Creek and Youth productions on a conventional stage and auditorium. The theatre inhabits a former grocery store donated and repurposed as Lofino Senior Enrichment and Cultural Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd. They have a history of creating beauty and variety.

Merrily We Roll Along by George Furth. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim: September 18-27, 2015

California Suite By Neil Simon: October 30-November 9, 2015

Play your Cards Right Ebenezer, Youth Production By Rod Hearn and Catherine Cook: December 4-13, 2015

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress By Alan Ball: Jan 22-31, 2016

Spring Awakening, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Frank Wedekind: March 4-13, 2016

Robin the Witch and the Challenge, Youth Production, By Craig Sadaro: April 22-May 1, 2016

The Adams Family Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa: June 17-26, 2016.

For information, subscriptions or tickets call 937.429.4737, or visit beavercreekcommunittheatre.org.

Reach DCP theatre critic Jacqui Theobald at JacquiTheobald@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP theatre critic Jacqui Theobald at JacquiTheobald@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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