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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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Yeas vs nays

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History repeats itself with 1776 at the Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald That old cliché, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” may have instead a pleasurable re-acquaintance when The Dayton Playhouse brings the figures of the Declaration of Independence to life beginning May 6 running weekends through May 22. Anyone who may […]

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Where the magic happens

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Dayton’s off-stage theatre stars By Jacqui Theobald You have your ticket in hand and arrive at the theatre, eager with anticipation. There’s a contagious energy and excited chatter as the group that has become an entity—the audience—settles, clutching their Playbill. The lights dim. The theatre goes dark. There’s an instant when you almost hold your […]

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On stage

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Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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I do?

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Human Race’s “One Slight Hitch” is pure Lewis Black By Jacqui Theobald The opening night audience left The Loft still almost dancing to the upbeat ’80s music, smiling and cheerful after enjoying “One Slight Hitch,” the fast paced, crammed with on-liners, directed with superb timing story of the worst possible wedding day. Director Margarett Perry […]

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No limits—no boundaries

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Dare to Defy’s The Wild Party in the Mathile Theatre at Schuster By Jacqui Theobald There is something wonderfully brave, a perfect metaphor of the whole Dare to Defy ethos, about presenting this musical by Andrew Lippa. The play is based on a late 1920s original poem by Joseph Moncure March. We have this combination […]

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Crazy on you

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Sinclair Theatre presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” By Jacqui Theobald Considering the prevailing sense of craziness that seems to have invaded these times, it may be that     Sinclair Theatre’s choice of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is just the right play to help us keep our perspectives clear. The novel […]

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Much Godot about nothing

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Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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On Stage

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All’s busy and productive in Dayton’s theatre world By Jacqui Theobald Right now, March 15 – Auditions at the Dayton Playhouse – Tonight only!  If you’ve always had a hankering to don knee breeches and a white wig and sing those memorable songs from 1776, the Musical, hurry to the Playhouse at 1301 E. Siebenthaler, […]

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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 […]