Theatre News and Reviews
By Brian P. Sharp
Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2011-2012 season
The Wintergarden at the Schuster Center was the setting for the announcement of the 2011-2012 season by the Victoria Theatre Association. There are world premieres, star attractions and repeat performances. The big news of course was the Broadway Series which will include: “Young Frankenstein,” the classic Mel Brooks movie come to life on stage; “Traces,” a dance performance filled with acrobatics and urban energy; “Jersey Boys,” the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons; “Wishful Drinking,” a night filled with one-liners, Hollywood gossip and behind the scenes details from Carrie Fisher; a repeat performance of “Wicked,” a show that turned Dayton green last year; and the world premiere of “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.”
There are also star performances like: David Sedaris; Monty Python’s “Spamalot;” and “Les Miserables.” The Variety Series, Family Series and Discovery Series are also packed full of great offerings! Don’t delay and get your tickets NOW!
For more information, visit www.victoriatheatre.com. For tickets, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
The Guild has Golda
Golda takes the stage at The Dayton Theatre Guild for its Dayton premiere. Or should I say Barbara Jorgensen takes the stage as Golda Meir in “Golda’s Balcony,” a play by William Gibson, directed by Greg Smith. It is the story of one of the most powerful women in history. Some of Golda’s actions may have been a bluff to the U.S. government in order to enlist their support. The “balcony” is really an observation area at the nuclear weapons plant where VIPs can see some of the workings of the underground facility. Come explore the story of Golda, a woman that goes from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher to a leader in international politics and ultimately Prime Minister of Israel. Most of the play is focused on the period known as the Yom Kippur War when Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. You don’t want to miss this show!
The show runs March 4-13 at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytontheatreguild.org or by calling (937) 278-5993.
Does Therapy work at the Playhouse?
The Dayton Playhouse is gearing up for the Christopher Durang play “Beyond Therapy,” directed by Kim Warrick. This is one of Durang’s more popular and sunny comedies. Two of the characters in the show, Bruce and Prudence, meet through personal ads – an idea that was suggested to them both by their therapists. The date doesn’t go so well. Bruce expresses emotions and likes to cry. Prudence doesn’t think men should cry “unless something falls on them.” Bruce tells her he has another lover, but Prudence doesn’t believe him. Somehow in spite of all of this, Bruce and Prudence overcome their initial loathing and start to “like” one another. Watch as the whole thing comes to a whacky, chaotic end in a mad restaurant scene. The cast includes Alex Carmichal, Amy Brooks, David Shough, Ellen Finch and Eric Julian Walker. “Our rehearsals are always fun and a little scary because Durang’s characters have no emotional filters,” Brooks said. “They act out all the thoughts and impulses that people normally repress. So polite, well adjusted viewers might see ‘Beyond Therapy’ as a farce, but anyone who’s ever had a dysfunctional relationship will identify with these characters as absolutely spot-on realistic.”
The show runs March 11-20 at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., located in the Wegerzyn Garden complex. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonplayhouse.org or by calling (937) 424-8477. Tickets are $15 for adults.
Everything’s pink at Town Hall
Come to the Landmark Children’s Theatre Company at the Town Hall Theatre in Centerville as they present “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” directed by Chris Harmon. Find out if too much of a good thing can be unhealthy … and bad for a young lady’s complexion. This regional premiere brings the precocious lover of all things pink to the stage. You will leave the show humming the memorable tunes and tapping your toes to the unrelenting dance numbers. If you haven’t heard the soundtrack, get it now as it is sure to sell out after this premiere. The authors Elizabeth and Victoria Kann together with composer and lyricist John Gregor adapt their popular children’s book about a young girl that is determined to eat pink cupcakes. After many warnings, it’s too late and our star has come down with pinkititis! Will “Pinkalicious” understand the importance of moderation before it’s too late?
This 25-member cast that includes Cecily Dowd, Clare Kneblik, Matthew Owens, Sydney Lanier and Tara Murphy can be seen March 11-27 at Town Hall Theatre, 27 N. Main St. in the heart of Centerville.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $10 for children 12 and under. Reserve your tickets now online at www.townhalltheatre.org or by calling (93) 433-8957 (recommended for children ages 4 and up).
The next few weeks are gearing up to be amazing in the world of Dayton theatre. Please don’t miss these magnificent performances.
Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at email@example.com.