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Intimacy, identity, and ambition

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Human Race Theatre presents steamy “Sex with Strangers” By Jacqui Theobald It takes about twelve minutes for the first sexual involvement between the two writers to begin; it takes two acts to understand how insecurities, trust, and support are equally dynamic and exciting. The 2009 play “Sex with Strangers” by Laura Eason features a near […]

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Reality from the edge of absurdity


Dayton Theatre Guild shows the light, dark ‘Wonder of the World’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Richard Young, Marcella Balin, Ian Manuel, Kari Carter, Scott Madden, Debra Strauss, and Kerry Simpson perform ‘Wonder of the World’ through May 28 at Dayton Theatre Guild From guffaws to giggles, the audience was audibly enjoying the wacky humor […]

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Enduring the rancor of ‘The Dinner’


Writer-director Oren Moverman assaults our sensibilities with ideological posturing Photo: (l-r) Steve Coogan as Paul, Laura Linney as Claire, Richard Gere as Stan, and Rebecca Hall as Kate in ‘The Dinner’ Rating: R; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi “The Dinner” challenges assumed political and cultural sensibilities, presenting a progressive history teacher named Paul Lohman (Steve Coogan) […]

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No children allowed


Yellow Springs Theater Company presents ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’ By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) J. Gary Thompson, Rob Campbell, Tony Williams, and Ellen Ballerene in ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’; photos: Amy Wamsley Shocking. Outrageous. Raunchy. The majority of people would never use words such as these to describe the works of […]

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Love among the fumes


Sinclair Theatre slices into cult horror with The Toxic Avenger By Tim Smith Photo: Thomas Puckett as Melvin/Toxie in Sinclair’s The Toxic Avenger, running April 12-15 photo: Patti Celek; costume design: Patrick Allyn Hayes   Take one cult, horror B-movie, add a contemporary rock score, throw in some laughs, mix in a romance between a […]

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All’s fair?


Dare 2 Defy questions love and war in Dogfight: The Musical By Laura Jones Photo: (l-r) Layne Roate as Boland, Ray Zupp as Birdland, and Bobby Mitchum as Bernstein on the set by Zupp for Dogfight: The Musical; photo: Zach Earnhardt If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s indie film scene, “Dogfight” will most […]

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Gossip girls


‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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Rumor has the stage


Wright State University Theatre presents ‘The Children’s Hour’ By Tim Smith Photo: (l-r) Megan Valle (Mrs. Amelia Tilford), Zac Pruett (Dr. Joeseph Cardin), Katie Post, and Haley Knuth Did you hear the rumor? One of your co-workers is having an affair with a married man. How about the one where your boss embezzled money from […]

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Love on roller skates


Art conquers all in The Dayton Playhouse production of Xanadu By Tim Smith Photo: Ellie Krug as Clio and (bottom, l-r) David Shough as Danny McGuire and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu; photo: Art Fabian Photography Every creative person cites a personal muse as a source of inspiration, be she artist, […]

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Underneath the purple rain


Underneath the purple rain DCP eulogizes this year’s lost musical icons By DCP Audible Writers Editor’s note: After his departure Jan. 10, 2016, David Bowie has been hand-selecting elite humans from this terrestrial realm for his own—or at least putting his plans into action. These are some of the musically inclined among the Chosen Ones.  […]

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Pineapple pizza and then some


The best overlooked albums of 2016 By Alan Sculley Photo: Death by Unga Bunga’s fourth album, Pinapple Pizza, is a power house of power pop Considering the depth of quality albums released in 2016, it’s no surprise that the year produced a healthy number of releases that went unheard and under-appreciated by the vast majority […]

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Through the eyes of elves


Human Race Theatre presents ‘The Santaland Diaries’ By Tim Smith Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet the Elf in Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Anyone, who has ever stood in line with kids to sit on Santa’s lap in a shopping mall, can relate to the frustrations. The crowds, the […]

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Comedy with a brain


Human Race Theatre presents ‘Hail Mary!’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo:Claire Kennedy as Mary and Jennifer Dorr White as Mother Regina Marie in Human Race Theatre’s ‘Hail Mary!’; photos: Scott J. Kimmins Who says you can’t laugh and think at the same time? Tom Dudzick’s play is about Mary, a young teacher with hopes of becoming […]

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Life in focus


Dare 2 Defy’s 35MM breathes life into photographs By Don Hurst Photo: Alan Ruddy (Voice 4) sings about the ‘hell’ of caring for toddler psychopaths, while Natalie Sanders (Voice 2) observes; photos: Don Hurst “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what if we turned those words into songs?” asks A.J. Breslin, the director […]

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Sonic booms of industry


Dayton’s Hexadiode electrifies with debut LP By Gary Spencer Photo: (left) Jonas Miseh and Tim Krug of Hexadiode; photos: Tim Krug There’s something oddly appropriate about a musical act coming from the Gem City that makes electro-industrial music. Think about it: the harsh, loud, clanging, buzzing sounds of soulless machines making stamping and stomping sounds […]

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Spice world


‘Record Redux: Spice Girls’ challenges pop stigma By Joey Ferber Photo: Author Quentin Harrison hails from Dayton; photo: Michael McAllister Quentin Harrison grew up spending his days in Dayton record shops. When he wasn’t at work or in school, he was frequenting Second Time Around or Gem City Records (the site of what is now Omega […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]