Theatre news and reviews
By Brian P. Sharp
“Lost in Yonkers” at the Guild
Dayton Theatre Guild is preparing for the Neil Simon Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Lost in Yonkers. This piece, full of laughs, tells the tale of two young boys left by their widowed father in a strange new world called Yonkers. The boys’ father has loan sharks after him, and the debt must be paid. The boys are left in the care of a tough-minded grandmother and a child-like aunt. This is a touching and unforgettable drama full of laughs that you just have to experience. Under the direction of Fran Pesch, the cast includes Rob Breving, Joel Daniel, Amy Diederich, Barb Jorgensen, Saverio Perugini, Philip Stock and Rachel Wilson.
The show runs from Oct. 21 – Nov. 6, 2011 at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave. in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytontheatreguild.org or by calling (937) 278-5993.
“Abie’s Irish Rose” coming to the Dayton Playhouse
A comedy is making its way to the Dayton Playhouse’s stage as they get ready to open, Abie’s Irish Rose, is a play by Anne Nichols. Abe “Abie” Levy, brings home as his bride Rosemary Murphy, whom he met in France during the war. To appease his father, Abie introduces Rosemary as “Rosie Murphyski.” Papa Levy is fooled until Rosie’s father, Patrick Murphy, arrives. A comic war erupts. Abie and Rose, having been married by a Methodist minister, are married again by a rabbi to please Papa, and a third time by a Catholic priest to satisfy the Irish contingent. Will the birth of twins bring peace to the family or add to the insanity? Directed by Richard Brock the cast includes Mark McCausland as Abie, Danielle Delorme as Rosemary Murphy, Jamie McQuinn as Solomon Murphy, Craig Smith as Patrick Murphy, Rick Flynn as Father Whalen, Richard Young as Rabbi Samuels, Terry Larson as Mrs. Cohen and Jon Horowitz as Mr. Cohen.
Abie’s Irish Rose runs from Oct. 14-23, 2011 at The Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. situated within the Wegerzyn Gardens complex. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at (937) 424-8477.
“Caroline, or Change” at the Human Race Theatre Company
It’s America in 1963, with the turmoil of the JFK assassination and the civil rights movement. In a Jewish household in Louisiana, the divorced African-American maid and the 8-year-old family son have their own worries and relationship. Virtually sung-through in styles ranging from Motown to Yiddish Klezmer, Caroline, or Change — book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori — brings together the incredible talents of Kushner (Angels in America) and Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) to create a multi-Tony-nomination show that is about both major issues of the nation and personal issues of the household, and how they interact. Director Scott Stoney is leading a cast that includes Tanesha Gary as Caroline as well as some familiar Dayton theatre faces — Human Race Resident Actress Kay Bosse, Saul Caplan and K.L. Storer.
Caroline, or Change runs Nov. 3-20, 2011 at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling (937) 228-3630.
Dayton Playhouse announces auditions for the musical “Scrooge!”
The Dayton Playhouse announces open auditions for the musical Scrooge! Jennifer Lockwood is directing the play along with musical director Ron Kindell and choreographer Debra Strauss.
Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse has adapted the classic Charles Dickens’ tale, A Christmas Carol, into the hit musical Scrooge! The musical closely follows the classic story with the miserly Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
Auditions for adults are Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, 7 p.m.
Separate auditions for those 15 and under Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m.
Production dates for the play are December 9-18.
Auditions will be held at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton. For additional information visit www.daytonplayhouse.org, email email@example.com or contact the director at (937) 829-6601.
“Evil Dead: The Musical” in Beavercreek
Evil Dead: The Musical, book and lyrics by George Reinblatt, and music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt is hitting the stage just in time for the Halloween season. Based on Sam Raimi’s ‘80s cult classic films, Evil Dead tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. Evil Dead unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Canadian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleep over in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning. Directed by Chris Harmon with choreography by Annette Looper. The cast includes: Jonathon Berry, Angele Price, Darren Brown, Bethany Locklear, Lindsay Sherman, Lynn Kesson, Dean Swann and Michael Shannon.
The show runs October 21-30, 2011 at Beavercreek Community Theatre located at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek. Tickets can be reserved by calling (937) 429-4737 and leaving a message or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.