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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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Much ado about fracking

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“Marcellus Shale” explores both sides of fracking at Antioch College By Tim Smith Drilling for shale gas—also known as fracking—has become a hot button issue from Ohio to the northeastern United States. People on both sides have staked out their claims, with many landowners caught in the middle. The experimental theater troupe Talking Band has […]

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More alike than you think

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“Hijabi Monologues” present a snapshot of Muslim women’s experiences By Joyell Nevins The theatre can be a place to escape, a place to be entertained. It can also be a place to expand horizons and be educated—not necessarily a comfortable experience, but an important one. “Hijabi Monologues,” a set of stories by American Muslim women, […]

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Into the jungle

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Dayton Theatre Guild’s two-person show ‘Slowgirl’ By Jacqui Theobald If you like the small plays, the kind of piece that can dig into your heart and pose gnarly, moral questions, featuring a pair of charming characters, then Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” will be your delight. It opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 13, weekends, at […]

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On stage

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So you want to get on stage? By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Joshua Lisec as King Rex and Tamra Francis as Madame Mysterioso in Mayhem and Mystery’s “New Orleans”; photo: Peter Wine, MediaMoments Mayhem and Mystery Interactive Theatre at the Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem in downtown Dayton? Not really, except at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Another season of […]

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Walking on broken glass

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‘Glass Menagerie’ finally at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald “You may have a vague memory of reading Tennessee Williams’ first play in school, but have you ever seen it?” queries Kevin Moore, artistic director and president of the Human Race Theatre Company. In fact, this is the first time in its 30 years […]

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Rock cappella

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Vocalosity interprets pop, rock and indie at Kuss By Lisa Bennett Since the Internet first became available to the general public in 1995, social media and digital communication have replaced the world of family-centric meals and homey game nights. Long gone are the days of singing to old records with friends or singing in the […]

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Force de la femme

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Broadway Beveled gives feminine twist to men’s theatre By Joyell Nevins Fresh. Funky. Feminine. Those are the three words the Magnolia Theatre Company (MTC) lives by. MTC is a professional theater company with a mission to produce theater that celebrates women. Their latest production offers a new spin on Broadway favorites with a feminine cabaret […]

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Whole lotta shakin’

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Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash at ‘Million Dollar’ Kuss event By Rusty Pate Photo: Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash: A Night To Remember takes place Saturday, Jan. 23 at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium There was magic in the air in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956. Elvis Presley, the city’s favorite son, had already taken the […]

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On Stage

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Theatre season’s second half begins with variety By Jacqui Theobald Photo: J. Gary Thompson (center) plays Sir in Dayton Playhouse’s The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Way, way down in the brick-walled basement—vintage 1866—the very first construction of the Victoria Theatre holds up a mighty history with stalwart strength and […]

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Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins flies

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A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love fest By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Brianna Russ, Megan Braun and Jamey Paul in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, Jan. 14-17 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Ben Morrison The Muse Machine presents Mary Poppins. Seems simple and delightful, right? You know the whimsical story of the almost-magic nanny, the chimney sweep and the […]

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Double dog dare you

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Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Supporting roles

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Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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The elf and the monologue

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David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]