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Dayton’s historic innovations also include dance

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Ohio’s unique and powerful dance history will take center stage from June 18 to 24, 2018, as ballroom dancers and world-renowned dance instructors convene for the unveiling of Dayton Historic Dance Week. It is organizer Jeanette Watts’ way of showing off her hometown of the last 20 years to the vintage dance community as ballroom […]

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Shakespeare? Seriously?

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If you have avoided Shakespeare, remembering it as incredibly slow and hard to understand, this abridged and revised version will keep you awake and possibly breathless. It is 97 minutes of comedy and action, dipping lightly and irreverently into all 38 of the Bard’s plays. The actors run, they leap, they play football with a […]

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The return of Judy Blue Eyes

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“I have to tell jokes and keep people laughing… when you sing all those sad songs you have to!” singer Judy Collins tells the Dayton City Paper. Picking up where they left off, folk heroes Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are touring America together this summer. Last year they made an album together and played […]

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Let’s Hear it for the Boys

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For the past 16 years, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) has been continually trying to bring joy to the Dayton community through song. Founded in 2003 by current treasurer Fred Poland, the chorus has been on a mission to increase awareness and community support for the LGBTQ community in the area—but especially, area youth […]

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Another person’s treasure

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Whether a thrift-store find is a genuine Jackson Pollock painting ultimately is not the central theme of this more-complex-than-it-seems two-character play written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Doug Lloyd. Maude Gutman (most convincingly played by Rachel Oprea) lives in a California trailer park and is a woman of average education. Maude contacts Lionel Percy […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The Wit of Erma Bombeck

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Heartland humor from the Human Race Theatre By Jackie Theobald Jennifer Joplin “simulates” Erma Bombeck, here at her makeshift ironing board desk. Erma Bombeck has come home to Dayton and Dayton is welcoming her back with enthusiasm. “It’s about time,” her sons Matt and Andrew said, clearly proud of all their mother did and all […]

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The sound of the new Americans

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Dayton Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Schuster Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung By Pat Suarez Leonard Bernstein had to have been thinking, “Wow…” when, in 1947, Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins approached Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about adapting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the stage. Hmmm… The most enduring play of all time in […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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A jubilant “Elijah”

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The Springfield Symphony Presents Mendelssohn’s Choral Masterpiece Music Director and Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson will lead the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Chorale. By Pat Suarez Felix Mendelssohn’s place among classical music’s pantheon of composers has been secure for going on two centuries. And yet, in the minds of some, he just cannot crack the upper echelons. […]

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Still unfound?

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Windborne backed by Dayton Philharmonic performs music of U2 Brody Dolyniuk and Windborne team with the DPO to perform U2’s best-known music. By Tim Walker Now into their fifth decade, Irish band U2 have stood the test of time in more ways than one. The list of instantly recognizable hit songs the band has written […]

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Follow the yellow bricks…

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Make the “Journey to Oz” at Victoria The Experiential Theatre troup: Dan Brunson, Nicia Carla Moore, Chaz Pofahl, Tiffany Bear, and Tommy Foster, Journey to Oz. Photo: John Merrick By Don Hurst Tornadoes flinging farmhouses to alternate dimensions. Vengeful witches attempting to blow up puppies. Winged monkeys swarming scarecrows, lions, and tin men. The Experiential […]

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Double tenors, double fun

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Brothers Nunziata perform Broadway favorites in Springfield (L-R) Showmen Will and Anthony Nunziata… or is it Anthony and Will? A little help? Photo: Stephen Sorokoff By Sarah Monroe The stage is set and the music has been carefully selected. There is a soft shuffling of feet moving towards center stage as two brothers take their […]

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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]