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‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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A normal ‘freak show’

ElephantMan

Classic ‘The Elephant Man’ reveals our truths at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jared Mola (center) as John Merrick surrounded by the cast of ‘Elephant Man’ at Dayton Theatre Guild, March 17-April 2; photo: Rick Flynn   What makes a classic? They are nearly always good stories that show us important truths. We […]

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Forbidden love sizzles

musical

Rendezvous with Dirty Dancing at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: (left) Christopher Tierney as Johnny and Bronwyn Reed as Baby and (above) Tierney with Jerome Harmann Hardeman as Tito Suarez in Dirty Dancing; photos: Matthew Murphy Forbidden love. It’s the unquenchable passion that dooms Romeo and Juliet, the glowing embers that ignite West Side […]

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Definitely not sappy

Theater

Two newer plays and two ambitious classics tackle ‘friendship’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Carrie Thurston as Fabian, Ian Snapp as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Suzy Kroeger as Lady Toby, and Timothy Kushmaul as Malvolio in ‘12th Night,’ March 3-12 at Playhouse South; photo: Sara Bortz Planning your theatre calendar for March will be a fine […]

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Dance with a view

Dance

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Vantage Points at the Victoria By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC’s Devin Baker surrounded in Stafford Berry’s Wawa Aba, to be in Vantage Points at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s annual performance foray to the historic Victoria Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, is old and new. […]

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All that jazz

Jazz

Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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Enemy ours

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UD Theatre challenges authority with ‘Enmity of the People’ By Tim Smith Photo: (l-r) Betsy Mazza, UpLift Physical Theatre’s Nicholette Routhier, and Director Jerome Yorke in ‘Enmity of the People’ at UD Feb. 24-26photos: Kristin Davis Picture this: one day you discover that your town’s drinking water might be contaminated. You report your concerns to […]

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Slapcheek humor

comedy

Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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Turkey, from scratch

opera

Dayton Opera builds The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Theodore Chasseriau’s ‘Moorish Woman Leaving the Bath in Seraglio,’ the Turkish setting of Dayton Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, coming Feb. 17 and 19 Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 19 when Dayton Opera unveils […]

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Deux coeurs

dance

Dayton Ballet partners Valentine’s Day with Daring Duets By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Chase Bodamer and Lauren Stenroos perform ‘Bushido’ with the Dayton Ballet for Daring Duets, to run Feb. 9-12; photos: Scott J. Kimmins The act of taking the dance floor with a partner can be exhilarating and slightly trepidatious—such boldness and vulnerability given over […]

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Law and Disorder: The Buzz 4/18

Grow at your own risk By Michael Brice Keller   The Constitution, I am told, is written on hemp, and I […]