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Animals, affairs, puppets, anxieties

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February’s local theatre presents treats for all ages By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cleo Rungee as Kaa (left) and Mathis Hahn as Mowgli in Landmark Children Theatre Company’s production of ‘Jungle Book’ photo: Deb Sortman   Just for fun with ‘Same Time Next Year’ at Xenia’s X*ACT Theater If there’s a need for spirit lifters in […]

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Permanent scars and temporary tats

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Look inward with ‘Luna Gale’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham, Timothy Moore, Cheryl Mellen, Heather Atkinson, and Cassandra Engber perform ‘Luna Gale’ Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photo: K.L. Storer We make decisions all the time, based on…well, how do we decide what’s trivial or significant? That’s part of the challenge […]

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Greek gods, Americas, and roller skates

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Starting off this New theatre Year with Xanadu, ‘Foxfire,’ ‘The Women’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Ellie Krug (left) as Kira and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu, Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photos: Tina McPhearson Have we recovered from all the celebrations yet? Our local theatres are doing all they can to help us […]

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Nerd is the word

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Dare 2 Defy presents The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee By Morgan Laurens Photo: (l-r) Logainne (Tori Kocher), Marcy (Abby Land), William (Brennan Paulin), and Leaf (Brett Norgaard) in D2D’s 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee photos: Mackensie King Galoubet. Capybara. Tittup. Periscii. Cystitis. Syzygy. How many of these words do you know? One, maybe two […]

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Phil Dona-who?

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Local director spotlights Dayton’s Phil Donahue in The Human Animal musical By Morgan Laurens Photo: Director Ian Turner hones in on the life of Phil Donahue, above in an interview on Democracy Now!, through musical Ian Turner glances at his watch. Just under an hour ago, he was leaning against the wall of a tiny […]

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Through the eyes of elves

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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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Take a seat

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Some old and some new from Human Race, Dayton Theatre Guild, and Playground By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Our very own elf at the Human Race, Dec. 8-17, ‘The Santaland Diaries’ ’Tis the season to be over-run by elves, […]

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Home alone in the Garden

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Dare 2 Defy presents Children of Eden at the Victoria Theatre By Morgan Laurens Photo: Storytellers Desmond Thomas and Lisa Glover represent today’s generation, the audience, in Dare to Defy’s Garden of Eden; photos: Lauren Schierloh The typical family drama either climaxes or concludes with a specific event: a wedding, a funeral, a birthday, a […]

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Comedy with a brain

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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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All happy families are alike

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Ray Geiger as Tom, Ryan Shannon as Chris, Ryan Kelly as Katie, Tim Madden as James, and Karen Righter as Karen in ‘Unavoidable Disappearance’photo: KL Storer When Tom Durnin comes home, he supposes his family has been unchanged over the […]

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Gently with a chainsaw

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Heathers the Musical at Playhouse South By Don Hurst Photo: T.J. Montgomery as J.D. and Jordan Eechaute-Lopez as Veronica Sawyer in Playhouse South’s Heathers the Musical; photos: Don Hurst Cool girls. Bullies. Teenage love. Suicide. Murder. Explosives. High school can be such a drama fest. Playhouse South presents Heathers the Musical, based on the hit […]

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Cannibals and Fiddlers

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Two local productions prove Dayton theatre’s respect By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Danielle DeLorme as Mary Bland, John Nussbaum as Raoul, and Matthew Clifton as Paul Bland in ‘Eating Raoul’photo: Doug Lloyd More than one coastal playwright has remarked, in very positive terms, on the quality and variety of the local art scene. Almost raved, […]

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Boos between the books

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‘Kooky Spooky’ Wump Mucket Puppets at Metro Main Library By Tim Smith Photo: Wump Mucket’s G’Wizzl, the super space princess; photos: Michelle Jellison Long before video games and digital animation, there existed a magical world of imagination called puppetry. Puppet shows featuring cute, funny characters were once the mainstay of school programs, birthday parties and […]

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Life in focus

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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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Small cast tackles the tide of illness

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‘The Outgoing Tide’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Matthew Smith as Jack, Barbara Jorgensen as Peg, and Peter Wallace as Gunnar in ‘The Outgoing Tide’ THE PLOT Bruce Graham appropriately has created a family that draws us, one way or another, into the most intimate of family issues, one that seems […]

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30 years of barbers and blood

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Sweeney Todd at Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rebecca Watson as Mrs. Lovett and Jamie Cordes as Sweeney in the 2016 production It takes a village of superb technical designers and a crew to create the foggy town that was London in the 1830s. It takes a troop of energetic, multi-talented actor/singers to bring […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ohio is for rockers

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Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]