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‘Dreamgirls’ at Schuster Center By Kate E Lore Photo: [l to r] Mary Searcy, Jasmin Richardson and Charity Dawson star in ‘Dreamgirls’ National Tour at the Schuster Center June 4-9 Spotlight center stage, where a young woman is fighting for her right to the platform, her deserved moment in the warm heat of stage lighting. This […]

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Gay pride and the theater


A 500-year history By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scene from “The Normal Heart” which helped raise awareness regarding the ongoing struggles of the LGBT community From the end of the 16th century until today, gay plays have had a presence on the stage. From Edward Marlowe’s “Edward II” – with what has been referred to as “homosexual […]

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A few of my favorite things


‘The Sound of Music’ at LaComedia  By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “The Sound of Music” runs at LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro through June 30 “The Sound of Music” takes the stage at LaComedia. The last collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is produced in robust style. This timeless classic never ceases to fill […]

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On Stage


A giggle, a gasp and a chance to get in on the ground floor By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cast of “The Pillowman” at Dayton Theatre Guild [l to r] Joe Risner, Michael Boyd, Patrick Hayes and David Hallowren; photo credit: Craig Roberts LAUGHS Putting out a special invitation to young people, the Dayton Playhouse presents “A […]

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Face the music


‘Next to Normal’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Next to Normal” at Victoria Theatre; [clockwise from top left] Emily Price, Jon Hacker, Trisha Rapier and Jamie Cordes; photo credit: Scott J Kimmins “Next to Normal” – a rock opera with a plot and a social conscience – is now playing at the Victoria Theatre […]

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Best of both worlds

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Sideshow 8 ready to showcase the heart of Dayton visual art By Gary Spencer photo: Preparing for Sideshow 6; Photo credit: Emmanuel Cavallaro For better or worse, Dayton institutions tend to come and go. Every once in a while, though, a new institution emerges and manages to defy the odds and become a yearly fixture in […]

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Out-of-this-world music


Jupiter String Quartet at Dayton Art Institute By Joe Aiello Photo: The Jupiter String Quartet will perform at the Dayton Art Institue on Saturday, May 11 Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Among other things, that means there is no place it can go to hide. Just like chamber musicians; especially those who […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk


Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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Faces of Iran


Dayton International Peace Museum’s must-see exhibit By Stacey Ritz photo: Iranian boy in the Faces of Iranexhibit at the Dayton Peace Museum; photo credit: Steve Fryburg “The public will learn more than they probably know about Iranians,” shared founder of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Christine Dull. The Faces of Iran exhibit currently featured at the […]

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Northern exposure


Toledo Symphony brings Classical Thunder to Greenville By Joe Aiello Photo: The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Pollock will present their Classical Thunder program in Greenville on Saturday, April 27 On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St. in Greenville, Resident Conductor Jeffrey Pollock and the Toledo Symphony […]

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The DNA of contemporary dance

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DCDC2 presents ‘The Ways of Humanity’ By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC2 presents “The Ways of Humanity” program on Sunday April, 28 at UD’s Boll Theatre; photo credit: William H. Crenshaw The word humanity conjures a variety of images and thoughts depending on the forum where the discussion takes place. On Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. […]

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On Stage


Many choices – Plays that move By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Matt Lindsay and Chuck Larkowski in “Retreat from Moscow” at Dayton Playhouse Dayton. Photo credit:  Jennifer Taylor Clarke Dayton has so many theatrical openings in early April that we would have to divide into very small pieces to go to all the opening nights. The good news […]

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The odyssey of Chick Corea

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Iconic jazz pianist visits University of Miami-Middletown By Khalid Moss Photo: Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will perform solo at Miami Middletown on Sunday, April 21 When a young artist emerged on the New York jazz scene in the early ‘60s, you could listen to the vinyl records he recorded monthly, and in most cases even […]

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Deconstruction documentary


Recycled wood and light projection constructions at Cincinnati’s Weston Gallery By Jud Yalkut Photo: “Not Just a Bench” by Robert Fry  on display at the Weston Gallery in Cincinnati through June 2 Three intriguing breakthrough exhibitions share the spaces of the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut […]

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‘PSY’-fly theatre

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Frontier psychiatrists get it all out on the table By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Canadian troupe 7 Fingers presents “PSY” at the Victoria Theatre April 12 & 13; photo credit: Peggy Faye  Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), the indie-circus company that brought you “Traces,” is back in Dayton with “PSY,” an airing out […]

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The sounds of a master


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents the works of Beethoven By Joe Aiello Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Norman Krieger on Saturday, April 13 Here’s some really new math: 4 concert programs + 3 concert series = X. Solve for X. It is helpful if you know going in that two concert programs […]

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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

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Kansas resurrected


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