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On Stage

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Beehives, genies and more at community theatres By: Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Hairspray” at The Dayton Playhouse, which runs weekends Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 The theatre scene in summertime Dayton has been a happening, full force, so the beginning of fall is a continuation, rather than a debut. Beginning with a pair of […]

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A reason to sing!

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Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Blues power

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The Lebanon Blues Festival keeps on growing  By Rusty Pate Photo:Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers perform at the 2011 Lebanon Blues Festival; photo credit: PBamber  The blues have been described many ways by many different people. In the film “Crossroads” (the Ralph Macchio version, not the Britney Spears version) Willie Brown said, “Blues ain’t nothing […]

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What happens in Dayton does not stay in Dayton!

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Future Fest: Six new plays in 48 hours By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Richard Young during rehearsal for “The One with Olives”; photo credit: Andrew Thompson  “New plays are hard,” longtime Future Fest adjudicator New Yorker Helen Sneed said, insightfully as usual, because now she has her own script hovering in the wings of an off-Broadway fall […]

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It’s not prop comedy

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Kristen Lundberg is ‘Super Serious’ about making us laugh  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Kristen Lundberg brings “The Super Serious Show” to Mayday in Cincinnati on Aug.1; photo credit: Lindsey Driscoll Kristen Lundberg and I have chosen to meet during happy hour at a bar with a patio. I’m jarred by the startlingly deep voice that […]

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On Stage

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A busy summer theater season By Jaqui Theobald Photo by: The cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Epiphany Lutheran Church which runs July 18-21 [l to r] Erin Ulman, Desmond Thomas, Megan Wean (Director), Jeffrey Mack and Kandis Wean TONIGHT ONLY! Great chance to return to the theater, retrieve that urge to be […]

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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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What would Shakespeare say?

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Zoot presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald Photo:  Zoot Theatre Company presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dayton Art Institute: [ l to r] Anita Hill, Andrew Quiett and Cameron Blankenship (foreground), Kelsey Andrea (background); photo credits: Zoot Theatre Company “Indeed, what fun!” Ol’ Will might say if he were to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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On Stage

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Regional theater east of downtown Dayton By Jacqui Theobald Photo: X*ACT Gallery Ribbon Cutting May 3, 2013 for community theatre and arts in Xenia The Dayton Community Theatre world is strong and enthusiastic. Several groups are long established and quite high profile, while others may need introductions. All have much in common, especially pride and support […]

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Swing into summertime!

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The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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Where hilarity and satire meet

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Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Avenue Q’ at Loft Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Annie Kalahurka with the girl Bad Idea Bear, Katie Pees with Kate Monster, James Oblak with Princeton and Andrew Ian Adams with the boy Bad Idea Bear; photo credit: Scott J. Kimmins Sit back and laugh your way through The Human Race Theatre’s […]

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City smooth

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Urban Impulse By Arnecia Patterson Photo: [l to r] Rebecca Sparks Vargas and H.D. Horner III in DCDC’s Urban Impulse; photo credit: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s polish has acquired heirloom patina over the years. The dancers are ϋber-fit, and in performance they make artistic choices that are readily encouraged […]

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Dare to diva

‘Dreamgirls’ at Schuster Center By Kate E Lore Photo: [l to r] Mary Searcy, Jasmin Richardson and Charity Dawson star in ‘Dreamgirls’ National Tour at the Schuster Center June 4-9 Spotlight center stage, where a young woman is fighting for her right to the platform, her deserved moment in the warm heat of stage lighting. This […]

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Gay pride and the theater

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A 500-year history By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scene from “The Normal Heart” which helped raise awareness regarding the ongoing struggles of the LGBT community From the end of the 16th century until today, gay plays have had a presence on the stage. From Edward Marlowe’s “Edward II” – with what has been referred to as “homosexual […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]