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Building character through building characters

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Dare to Defy, also known as D2D, is one of the most recent musical theatrical production companies to plant their roots in the Dayton area. They have just completed their third season and are already in full-swing preparations for their fourth that will start in the fall. Throughout this summer though, they are spearheading a […]

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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Questioning the answers

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Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]

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Crashing the party

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Playground Theatre’s unfiltered “Bachelorette” Alaska Stoughton as Gena (left) with Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham as Regan get downright spiteful in “Bachelorette” By Terri Gordon Life’s early milestones come so readily—we walk, we talk, we learn to read. We navigate puberty. We experience our first crushes, dates, and kisses. We get driver’s licenses. We graduate high school. We […]

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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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The Schuster’s alive…

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with “The Sound of Music” Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer singing to the von Trapp children. Photo: Matthew Murphy By Tim Walker How DO you solve a problem like Maria? It’s a fair question, a timeless one, and it has been asked by generation after generation.  With a never-ending appeal that spans several decades, the […]

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Mixed feelings over mixed drinks

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents “Stella and Lou” Dayton Theatre Guild’s Adam Clevenger playing Donny, Geoff Burkman playing Lou, and Amy Taint playing Stella in “Stella and Lou” By Jaqui Theobald January is the perfect time to enjoy the story of a relationship between two mature adults. There’s a funeral for nostalgia, a younger man’s upcoming […]

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A lady’s charm never fades

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Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, […]

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Defending dreams

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Playground Theatre’s The Tutors at Schuster Playground Theatre’s cast for The Tutors (l-r) Ryan Grissett (Milo) Jenna Gomes  (Heidi) A.J. Breslin  (Joe) Boyang Zhang (Kwan) Skyler McNeely (Toby) By Dr. Jill Summerville You’re having that dream again. No, not the one you have in bed that you’re ashamed to tell your parents. This is the […]

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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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Costumes, Drama, and Fun in the Dark

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December shows have it all Photo: Illusionist Adam Trent takes the stage at Schuster Center By Dr. Jill Summerville The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Schuster Center Magician Adam Trent made his Broadway debut in 2014, as part of The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Amongst his co-performers, Trent was designated The Futurist due to his […]

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Schisms and Sparks

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Dayton Theatre Guild examines faith and family in “The Christians” Cast of “The Christians” rehearsing (l-r) Steve Strawser, Richard Young, Thor Sage. Photo: Rick Flynn By Lisa Bennett “The Christians” takes a raw look at what it means to be a community. When I was a kid, my family had a routine. Every Sunday morning […]

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The House hits home

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Human Race Theatre raises questions of attachment, morals, and humor Human Race Theatre’s cast of The House (l-r) Vince Gatton, Alex Sunderhaus, Caitlen Larsen and Scott Stoney. Photo: Scott J. Kimmins By Jerome Yorke One of the many gifts of live theatre is the revealing and unraveling of character through relationships and circumstance. As soon […]

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We’ll always have Paris

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“An American in Paris” tour arrives at Schuster Photo by Matthew Murphey: Nick Spangler, as Henri Baurel, tips his hat with the touring An American in Paris troupe By Tim Smith The music of George Gershwin is timeless, whether it’s the numerous songs he penned for Broadway musicals with his lyricist brother Ira, or his classical compositions. […]

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To Life!

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“Fiddler on the Roof” takes the stage at Wright State University Photo: Part of the Fiddler on the Roof cast (l-r) Megan Valle, Josh Beasley, Kayli Modell, Danielle Bessler, Emma Buchanan By Tim Smith Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures continues its tradition of bringing quality stage entertainment to the Miami […]

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Bat out of hell

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Bat Boy: The Musical swoops into Dare 2 Defy Productions this week Photo: Castmembers of Bat Boy rehearsing (l-r) Lindsay Sherman, Jessi Stark, Samantha Creech (front), Brett Norgaard (back), Bobby Mitchum By Jill Summerville In 1992, the satirical tabloid, US Weekly, ran its first story about Bat Boy, a half-man, half-bat found in a cave […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]