Onstage: September 2011

Theatre news and reviews

By Brian P. Sharp

WSU grad Nick Verina will reprise his role as “Young Ben” in Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated musical "Follies" starring Bernadette Peters on Broadway.
WSU grad Nick Verina will reprise his role as “Young Ben” in Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated musical “Follies” starring Bernadette Peters on Broadway.

A Streetcar Named Desire makes a stop at X*ACT (Xenia Area Community Theatre)
It only seems appropriate that during the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ birth, someone would open with a Tennessee Williams play. X*ACT is doing just that. A Streetcar Named Desire will run from September 9-18 at Xenia Area Community Theatre located at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia.

The ensemble under the Direction of Lisa Howard-Welch includes Cassandra Engber as Blanche Dubois, Juliet Howard-Welch as Stella Kowalski, Titus Wolverton as Stanley Kowalski and Daniel Wilson as Mitch. Additional cast members include Tabitha Carroll, Geoffrey Moss, Josh Katawick, Austin Smith, Diana Hart, Jennifer Wilson, Brandon Saldivar, Jennifer Sparks, Jennifer Sivers-Shrader and Mike Frazier.

Dayton Theatre Guild presents The Oldest Profession
What happens when five senior ladies of the night transfer their talents from the Red-Light District of New Orleans to Reagan-era New York City? Are their clients slipping away as quickly as their appearance? Doesn’t a lady have a right to go out in style? These are all questions that can be answered by attending The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel, which opens the season at the Dayton Theatre Guild located at 430 Wayne Ave. in downtown Dayton.

Directed by Greg Smith, a member of the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame – the cast includes Jackie Engle, Ellen Finch, Patty Bell, Marcella Balin and Marcia Nowik.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Reservations can be made at www.daytontheatreguild.org or by calling (937) 278-5993.

Beavercreek Community Theatre opens with Harvey
Jim Lockwood, theatre veteran and member of the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame, is directing Mary Chase’s Harvey which opened August 26 and runs through September 4 at Beavercreek Community Theatre, located at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek.

Come see family wounds revealed and some unexpected romance come as the sister of Elwood P. Dowd tries to get him committed to a mental institution because he is a social embarrassment. He insists that he has an invisible friend … a six-foot tall white rabbit.

The cast includes John Bukowski in the leading role of Elwood P. Dowd with Terry Larson as the sister, Ellen Ballerene as the niece. Additional cast members include Deborah Sasser, Rick Johnson, Cathy Long, Nathan Hudson, Carly Porter, Averio Perugini, Donald McKenny and Bill Reagle.

The award-winning Chris Harmon is designing the set. John Falkenbach is the lighting designer and Hans Unser the stage manager.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for BCT members, students or seniors. Tickets can be reserved by calling BCT at (937) 429-4737 or via email at boxoffice@bctheatre.org.

Dayton Playhouse Revises the Season
The Board of Trustees of the Dayton Playhouse recently announced that they have made a change to their season offerings. The 2011-2012 season will open with Abie’s Irish Rose, written by Anne Nichols running October 14-23. Their previously announced opener, Jekyll and Hyde will be replaced with a different musical to be presented later in the year. The remainder of the season will stay the same and season subscribers will still have tickets to six shows. An announcement will be coming shortly on the alternate musical.
The Dayton Playhouse is a 52-year-old community theatre at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. located in Dayton. The box office can be reached at (937) 424-8477.

A Wright State theatre grad is Broadway bound
when the critically acclaimed Kennedy Center production transfers to the Great White Way. The show, currently in previews, stars Broadway legends Bernadette Peters and Elaine Paige. Regular performances are set to begin September 12 at the Marquis Theatre.

“It’s an amazing experience to realize a dream,” said Verina. “I’m so grateful and so lucky to not only be performing on Broadway, but to be a part of this iconic piece of theatre.”
Verina graduated from Wright State in 2005 with a B.F.A. in acting. Since then, he has performed in theaters across the country, including the New York production of Forbidden Broadway: SVU and the national tour of Grease.

“My training at Wright State was invaluable,” said Verina. “The program itself taught me lessons in dedication and practice. I’m very proud of my education and carry with me fond memories of my time at Wright State as I continue my career.”




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

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