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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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Fight like a girl

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‘She Kills Monsters’ at Playhouse South By Don Hurst Photo: Carly Risenhoover-Peterson as Agnes (left) and Summer Lehman as Tilly in ‘She Kills Monsters’ She looks like a nice person. You wouldn’t believe she harbors any homicidal tendencies, but she does have a bit of an untrustworthy glint in her eyes when Carly Risenhoover-Peterson says, “The […]

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Ship and sinking stories

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‘The Last Lifeboat’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald photo: (l-r) Heather Martin as Florence Ismay, Heather Atkinson in multiple female roles, and Matt Lindsay as J. Bruce Ismay in ‘The Last Lifeboat’ photos: Craig Roberts In one of the few times in Theatre Guild’s 72-year history, a contemporary playwright came to see his show. […]

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Jesters and demons (and grandmas)

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Theatre As You Like It By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Brian Ressler as Andre and Judy Shaw as Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’; photo: Jene Shaw Free Shakespeare in historic South Park  This early 1623 classic is full of well-known quotes such as “too much of a good thing,” wrong assumptions, gender reversals, love, and […]

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Just don’t suck

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Laugh in the face of fear with Black Box Improv By Don Hurst “You and your scene partner are Civil War soldiers pinned down by enemy gunfire.” That kind of statement doesn’t make sense in a lot of places, but it’s pretty normal in The Black Box Theater’s level 1 (beginner) improv class. In fact, […]

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A look into the FutureFest

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Theatre at its best—and lots of it By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of ‘The Griots,’ (from left to right) David Brandt, Judi Earley, Annie Pesch, questions ‘true history’ July 24; photo courtesy of Fran Pesch Theatre, at its best, tells us universal truths about the human condition—about ourselves. Situations and people differ, but we […]

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Undying values

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Beavercreek Community stages The Addams Family By Don Hurst Photo: Generations of Addams perform at Beavercreek Community Theatre June 24, 25 and 26; photo courtesy of Beavercreek Community Theatre This weekend the Beavercreek Community Theatre would like to introduce you to the Addams Family. They are a very nice, very typical, very normal family. Nothing […]

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Master Class

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Human Race lives up to its name By Jacqui Theobald Maria Callas, a vaunted opera singer of the mid-20th century, had a life filled with turmoil and challenge. Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright, opera and musical theater lover, never created a play exactly like this one—part biographical, using recorded performances, and part introspective, imagined reflections. […]

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Into the spotlight

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A brief history of gay theatre By Jacqui Theobald Three years ago this column looked at a 500-year history of gay plays both subtle and bold, going back to the 19th century. It included Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 “Edward II” and its “homosexual implications,” and “A Florida Enchantment”—the first time two women kissed on a Broadway […]

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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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On Stage

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Murder mysteries, wizards and new seasons By Jacqui Theobald “Black Coffee” at Xenia’s X*ACT The proud little community theater at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia concludes its present season, focused on murder mysteries, with one of Agatha Christie’s very first plays, “Black Coffee.” Tony Copper directs. Performances are May 27-29 and June 3-5. A […]

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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 […]