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Staging the future

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FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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Human Race rocks “Crowns”

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An amazing ensemble of singers and hats By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Jasmine Easler as Velma, Torrie Wiggins as Mabel, David Jennings as Man and Joy Lynn Jacobs as Wanda in “Crowns,” which will be performed by The Human Race Theatre Company through June 28; photo: Scott J. Kimmins An interview with Set Designer Tamara […]

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On Stage

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Of children and theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Vandalia Youth Theatre”s high school actors rehearse for this season’s production of “Mary Poppins”; photo: Matt Silver Some stories have an unexpected second chapter, impossible to foretell or even imagine. Last summer in the Dayton City Paper, I wrote about having taken 10 members of our family […]

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How Peter became Pan

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Peter and the Starcatcher flies in to Dayton By Joyell Nevins Photo: “Peter and the Starcatcher” comes to the Schuster Center June 9-14 Do pirates and buried treasure capture your imagination? Do you want to know what it feels like to fly? Then get ready for your imagination to soar in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” […]

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Building bridges

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Sinclair theatre program performs collaborative, Dayton-focused show By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sinclair Theatre presents “Building Bridges in Our Town” May 29-30; photo: Patti Celek One never knows where the next really big idea comes from. Gary Minyard, vice president of education & engagement at The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wanted to improve literacy in Dayton […]

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On Stage

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Your guide to Dayton’s rich theatrical offerings By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile stars in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello and performed by the Human Race Theatre Company December 10-19, 2015 So many choices! So many theater groups. Will you make commitments for a season of plays from several different theatres? […]

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On stage 4/21/15

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A look ahead to spring theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dayton Playhouse presents Grease May 1-17 Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Criminal Hearts,” April 24-May 3, 2015 Jane Martin’s comedy will run for two more weekends at the Dayton Theatre Guild. In the unlikely role of ego-centric, neurotic, clueless-about-life Ata is multi-talented Katrina Kittle, a local theatre […]

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Making the grade

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A review of “Taking Shakespeare” at Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Johanna Leister as Prof and Jon Kovach as Murph in Human Race Theatre Company’s “Taking Shakespeare”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins We may know grouchy teachers and alienated students in the real world, perhaps none so passionate as the pair in the current HRTC […]

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Songs for a New World

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Sinclair Theatre presents life, through music By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Andrè Tomlinson, Anna Sheldon, A.J. Breslin, Natalie Sanders and Skyler McNeely will perform Songs for a New World April 3-11 at Sinclair Community College; photo: Patti Celek It’s about one moment. The moment before it all becomes clear. The moment of decision. The precipice […]

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One woman, one act

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Mary Lou Quinlan’s “The God Box” at UD By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Writer Mary Lou Quinlan will perform her one-woman play, “The God Box,” March 30-31 at University of Dayton “I let myself fall into my feelings and it was exciting to share this story about love,” Mary Lou Quinlan, writer/performer says of her one-woman […]

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On Stage

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Focus on the child within by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Town Hall Theatre of Washington Township presents “Snow White and the Prince” through March 22; photo: Ron Lambert “Peter Pan” lands locally for the weekend of March 19-22 and continues April 2-12 at Wright State University’s Festival Playhouse. Nobody does musical theatre better than the Wright State […]

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New brain, new perspective

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UD Theatre’s thought-provoking new musical by Tara Pettit photo: Christopher Delanis as “Gordon”; photo: L.E. D’Agostino The University of Dayton (UD) theatre program’s 2015 production season is a series with an intertwining theme that explores the need for deep personal reflection. The theme continues on March 20 with a new musical that looks at the […]

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What’s in a name?

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” come to the Vic By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be presented March 10 through March 22 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins If “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” seems a challenging title to remember, just consider it’s […]

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Where were you when…

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UD theatre presents “One Sunday in Birmingham” By Janell R. Ward Photo: Gloria Humphrey, who plays the lead role, and her mother Dalisse Humphrey, also a cast member; photo: James Wynn It was a Sunday morning when four girls lost their lives. That morning, in 1963, the girls arrived at the 16th Street Baptist Church […]

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On stage

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A premiere, a classic and a serious musical: Three contemporary issues by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rachel Wilson (Annabell), Shawn Hooks (Dr. Feld) and director Brian Sharp (center) in early rehearsals for Dayton Playhouse’s “Fix Me, Jesus” “I am flat-out curious,” Texas-born Helen Sneed said, anticipating the regional premiere at the Dayton Playhouse of her first […]

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Don’t be fooled

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“Red Herring” at Sinclair By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jessica Zula and Kevin Manley in “Red Herring” Name three hysterical film noirs that you remember. Can’t do it? Then expand your exposure and come see the Sinclair Theatre Department perform “Red Herring.” The play by Michael Hollinger takes the film noir style of the 1940s (think […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]