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New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

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Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

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Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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Through the “global matrix”

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Discovering world printmaking at Wright State University Galleries  By Jud Yalkut The third in an ongoing record-breaking series of surveys of forms of printmaking around the world is on display in “Global Matrix III” at the Wright State University Galleries through Dec. 9. Initiated in 2002, the “Global Matrix” concept has materialized every five years […]

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More than a month of sundaes

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DPO presents the first concert of its 2012-2013 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series By Joe Aiello Question: What significant historical event occurred on April 3, 1892? Let’s see. What was happening in 1892? Ellis Island became the U.S. reception center for new immigrants. Mrs. William Astor invited 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion, […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

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University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

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Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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On Stage

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New plays from Sinclair Theatre, Playhouse South and Beavercreek Children’s Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dayton Playhouse looking for 2013-2014 season directors The Dayton Playhouse is looking for potential directors for its 2013-2014 season. The potential Directors are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals for which they are passionate. The candidates can […]

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The ancient world: A classical perspective

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DPO presents “Divine Mother” By Joe Aiello I have often wondered how the program committees of various arts organizations come up with the repertoires for the performances they stage and present each season. Doubtless they refer to a list they must keep of past performance repertoires to avoid the possibility of duplication over short periods […]

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The rhythm of Burundi

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Victoria Theatre hears the sound of Africa By Nick Schwab When people think of drummers, they most often think of Neal Peart or John Bonham. But there’s a type of drumming with a different sort of heart and soul, and The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi will show you what it means to pay […]

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Blowing up traditional theater

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Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater draws on many different styles and originality By Rusty Pate The world of theater might be viewed by the casual fan as a rather stuffy affair. Those not already in love with the stage might fret more about getting dressed up, dealing with parking and missing their favorite sports team or […]

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The Scottish Slasher

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The Dayton Opera present “Lucia de Lammermoor” By Eric Street Hide your cutlery! On Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s chilling tragedy “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The opera kicks off the passionate 2012-2013 Occupy Opera […]

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Is it a crime … if God commands?

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“Under a Red Moon” examines that very question By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company is offering the world premiere of “Under a Red Moon” – a play by Michael Slade under the direction of Margarett Perry. Any play that is taken from real life always intrigues me. This play came after the playwright […]

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On their toes for 75 years!

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Dayton Ballet celebrates “Past and Present” By Eric Street Dayton Ballet celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – a remarkable accomplishment for a dance company, and one that places Dayton Ballet in the front ranks as one of the nation’s oldest. “Past & Present” will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-20 at 8 p.m., […]

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In the master’s eyes

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The photographic alchemy of Annie Leibovitz By Jud Yalkut Annie Leibovitz is an enigma, homespun or urbane, insouciant or deftly penetrating, but an enigma with a camera, a camera so incisive that it seems to absorb its subject’s soul. Her images capture American life and culture in ways commensurate with the attributes of her heroes, […]

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Men are from Mars, women have hot flashes

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“Menopause the Musical” at Victoria Theatre By Eric Street Turn on the fans! Hotter than an unexpected hot flash, “Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 12-14 for four steaming performances. Though the subject matter may sound like no laughing matter, Artistic Director Seth Greenleaf begs to differ. “Audiences should expect a […]

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