Theatre In The Miami Valley

By Brian P. Sharp

Bus Stop is at Dayton Playhouse

A lot can happen in a single night — especially at a street corner restaurant in a small Midwestern town where a busload of stranded passengers waits out a snowstorm.

Take yourself back to a diner about 30 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted the progress of the bus, and eight interesting characters have a weather-enforced layover from approximately 1 to 5 a.m. Romantic or quasi-romantic relationships ensue.

The original Bus Stop opened on Broadway in 1955, and was nominated for four Tony Awards. Bus Stop was written by William Inge and is made available through Dramatists Play Service.  The Dayton Playhouse production stars Lorrie Sparrow as Grace, Margaret Foley as Elma, Craig Smith as Will, Rick Flynn as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Ellen Ballerene as Cherie, Scott Knisley as Bo, Mike Rouseculp as Virgil and Mark Hassel as Carl, all under the direction of Matthew Smith.

Performances will be Friday through Sunday, March 16-25.  All performances are at 8:00p.m. except Sundays, which are at 2:00p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.com, or through the box office, 937-424-8477, which is staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00 -5:00p.m.  Messages may be left for the box office at any time.  The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414.

Oliver! Takes the Stage in Springfield

The Springfield Civic Theatre in collaboration with Ohio Performing Arts Institute proudly presents Lionel Bart’s Oliver! Eight performances will be held between Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 25 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Turner Studio Theatre, 300 S. Fountain Blvd.

Oliver! marks the Springfield Civic Theatre’s third annual collaborative production, following successful performances of Seussical and Oklahoma. Bart’s play tells the story of Oliver Twist, a runaway orphan who joins a ragtag gang of pick-pocketing juveniles led by their elderly leader, Fagin.

General admission tickets are $17 with discounted rates for students and seniors at $15, and $14 for groups that purchase 12 tickets or more.  Tickets can be purchased at the Clark State Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 300 S. Fountain Ave or by phone at 937-328-3874, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.pactkts.com.

Mayhem & Mystery Presents Newsworthy Nemesis at Spaghetti Warehouse

This just in . . . Good evening, and welcome to WMNM, the Nightly News Program with a twist.  Anchors George Suttman and Barb Waters present the news with heart, soul and a hint of flirtation.  But off-camera George and Barb despise one another.  Tonight’s Broadcast promises a big announcement to shock the entire viewing audience.  Has one of the anchors accepted another offer?  Or is the rumor true that all on-camera faces will be replaced by younger, fresher ones?  Stay tuned to our next segment for answers.  With a script by Jerry and Tamra Francis, the cast includes Jerry Francis as George Suttman, Susan Robert as Barb Waters, Tamra Francis as Gail Augury and Heather Atkinson as Blair Caterwaul.

Performance dates are: Mondays, March 19, & 26, and April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, plus Fridays, March 30, and April 27, 2012.  $25.95 per person for dinner and Mystery Show, tax and gratuity not included. Performance time: 7:00p.m. Contact The Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402, 937-461-3913 for reservations, and for more information visit www.mayhemmystery.com.

Going to St. Ives Opens at The Dayton Theatre Guild

Directed by Greg Smith and produced by Barbara Jorgensen, Going to St Ives tells the story of the dignified mother of a ruthless African dictator, who travels to England to seek treatment for her failing eyesight.  At first glance it looks like one woman helping another, but each woman brings to the other her true agenda, triggering a profound moral dilemma and a chain reaction of events with great personal and political aftershocks. The cast features Katrina Kittle of Dayton as Dr. Cora Cage and Catherine Collins of Dayton as May N’Kame.

Going to St. Ives runs Fridays through Sundays, beginning March 16th and closing April 1st.  Friday performances are at 8:00p.m. and the first Saturday is at 8:00p.m., with second and third Saturday performances at 5:00p.m.  Sunday matinees are at 3:00 p.m.  No one under the age of seven will be admitted.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.  Reservations can be made via the website at www.daytontheatreguild.org, or by calling the Guild at (937) 278-5993.

Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com

[Photo; Mike Rouseculp and Scott Knisley in Bus Stop]

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Reach DCP food critic Brian P. Sharp at BrianSharp@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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