And Other Theater Events
By Brian P. Sharp
The Singing Nuns
The Dayton Playhouse is rounding out the season with three great shows. The first is Nunsense, the hilarious musical comedy that opens Friday, February 3 at the Dayton Playhouse and runs through February 19. The play is published by Samuel French with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin.
Local artist Greg Smith will direct Nunsense, Nancy Perrin is musical director and Kristin Sutter will choreograph the show.
Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors of the Little Sisters of Hoboken Nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining sisters parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. Nunsense offers a cornucopia of hilarity for the whole family, proving conclusively that nun rhymes with fun! This warm and funny musical is a great way to take your mind off the cold winter weather.
The cast is made up of Tina McPhearson as Mother Superior, Ellen Finch as Sister Mary Hubert, Sherri Sutter as Sister Mary Amnesia, Amy Askins as Sister Robert Ann and Kelli Locker as Sister Mary Leo.
Performances will be Friday through Sunday, February 3-19. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. except Sundays, which are at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students.
A special Dayton Playhouse Benefit Night will take place from 5:00–9:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at bd’s Mongolian Grill, 4488 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek (directly across from the movie theatre at The Greene). A percentage of all checks that are accompanied by a Dayton Playhouse flyer will go to the theatre’s fundraising efforts. Flyers will be distributed at Nunsense performances, on Facebook and at the theater. Call 937-424-8477 for more information.
The additional two shows are the drama Bus Stop and the musical Sound of Music, which close out the Mainstage season.
You don’t want to miss these three great shows!
Wittenberg plays at The Guild
In the 1500s on the campus of Wittenberg University in Germany there is a battle raging. This comic fantasy has Prince Hamlet at the famous German university with Dr. Faustus and Martin Luther battling over faith and reason. The battle culminates in the nailing of the theses on the church door in this witty thinkalong, which is less like university finals and more like spring break. Sometimes the truth is funny … and the consequences even funnier. Under the direction of Saul Caplan, this intellectual thriller is sure to be a hit! The cast includes a very talented group of players — Charles Larkowski, David Shough, Lynn Kesson and Jared Mola. Production Manager is Deirdre Root.
Don’t miss it!
Wittenberg by David Davalos is running from February 10-26, 2012 at The Dayton Theatre Guild located at 430 Wayne Avenue in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytontheaterguild.com or by calling 937-278-5993.
Encore Theater Company presents Spring Awakening — Only one weekend left!
The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical — by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater — Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion you will never forget. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that has exhilarated audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.
Directed by JJ Parkey, the show runs through February 4,2012 in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website at www.encoretheatercompany.com and clicking on the Spring Awakening ad.
Jersey Boys continues at The Schuster
You have one last weekend to catch the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys. The story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons continues through February 5, 2012. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling 937-228-3630.
The Human Race is still seeing Red
Red continues through February 5, 2012 at The Loft Theatre. Come see Michael Kenwood Lippert give one of his strongest performances to date as he presents the story of artist Mark Rothko in Red. Also in the production is Oakwood native Will Allen who delivers an equally amazing performance as Rothko’s assistant Ken.
See Red at the Loft Theatre 126 N. Main Street in downtown Dayton. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketcenterstage or by calling 937-228-3630.
Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.