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Singing Nuns at Dayton Playhouse

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And Other Theater Events By Brian P. Sharp The Singing Nuns The Dayton Playhouse is rounding out the season with three great shows.  The first is Nunsense, the hilarious musical comedy that opens Friday, February 3 at the Dayton Playhouse and runs through February 19.  The play is published by Samuel French with book, music […]

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The Man Behind The Jersey Boys

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A Glimpse into Des McAnuff, The Director   By Brian P. Sharp The man behind the Jersey Boys …? That would be Des McAnuff, the Director of the show.  I had the opportunity to chat with this amazing man. Born in Illinois and raised in Canada by his Mother, after the loss of his Father, […]

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Red is More Than Fine

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Insight into the Mind of an American Abstract Expressionist By Brian P. Sharp As stated in the production: “everything is not fine in this world”… but this production is more than fine.  The art and evolution of Mark Rothko is the subject of Red, a play by John Logan now playing at The Loft Theatre […]

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The Jersey Girls

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The Show Within The Show By Brian P. Sharp So, who are these three women — these three women behind the men we know as the Jersey Boys?  We’ve heard it before … it’s the woman behind the man.  Well in this case, it’s three women behind the men, and those three women play over […]

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Do you really know the JERSEY BOYS?

The Broadway Hit Comes to Dayton As the world we live in seems more interested in the Jersey shore…or the “real” housewives of New Jersey…Dayton gets to see the JERSEY BOYS roll into town.  There is more reality in this musical, which won a Tony Award, than in either of the aforementioned shows.  This musical […]

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There’s no place like Dayton for talented kids

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Muse Machine presents The Wizard of Oz By Natasha Habib We all know the story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, and have probably seen the 1939 film classic or read the stories by L. Frank Baum. Some of us have seen Dorothy whisked away by a tornado or heard “there’s no place like home” more […]

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Big spaces and large planes

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A unique exhibit opens at Miami University Middletown By Jud Yalkut It is always a great pleasure to discover exciting new work in a previously unexplored venue within the perimeters of one’s area. A juried exhibition entitled “Big Spaces and Large Planes” opens the 2011-2012 season through February 9 with the ongoing collaboration between The […]

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OnStage January

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Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race sees “Red” The Tony Award-winning play Red that is, John Logan’s two-man drama which is a thrilling look at the artistic process and a biographical sketch of a methodical painter that defied the stereotype of the reckless artist. Artist Mark Rothko the Abstract Expressionist […]

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Local visual arts: A year in review

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Lively flux and changes in 2011 visual arts scene By Jud Yalkut 2011 in the Dayton area visual arts scene was a traumatic series of changes of personnel, albeit comparatively smooth and malleable in the end. As representative of the support of both the visual and performing arts in the area, the personnel changes crossed […]

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Local theatre: A year in review

Alex Sunderhaus as Emma, Blaine Boyd as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Darian Taschner as Lucy in Wright State’s production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.

Highlights of collegiate and professional theatre in 2011 By Brian P. Sharp One of the highlights this year happens to have been a loss (resignation), when a vital part of theatre in Dayton – Tina McPhearson previously the VP of Programming at the Victoria Theatre Association – known for bringing the big shows to the […]

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A novel idea

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NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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The color of steel

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One DCP writer’s account of painting with a master — Mike Elsass By Annie Bowers The scent of acrylic paint, polyurethane and incense lingered in the air at the old warehouse. Industrial fans hummed, and someone down the hall was using the freight elevator; I could hear the distinctive creak of the lift’s gate and […]

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Front Row: Urban Nutcracker

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An urban twist on Christmas tradition From Europe to downtown Dayton, SMAG Dance Collective is reinventing a Christmas classic for a different generation. The group will be performing an urbanized version of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker. Instead of the familiar Tchaikovsky music, expect to hear selections ranging from hip-hop to rock. Whereas Clara […]

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A veteran Nutcracker

The Dayton Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Dayton Ballet’s new Executive Director, Kathy Reed, preps for The Nutcracker By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Author Paulo Coelho once said, “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” It’s almost a sure thing that when Coelho wrote those words, he didn’t have Dayton Ballet’s Executive Director Kathy Reed […]

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OnStage December

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp It’s a Wonderful Life in Beavercreek There is still time to catch (one more weekend – the show runs through the December 11) the Beavercreek Community Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama), which was inspired by the classic American film but […]

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Celebrating with the greatest generation

DPO presents Radio Holly Days By Joe Aiello Tom Brokaw coined it the Greatest Generation, those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and made a tide-turning material contribution to the war effort at home. Born 11 months before Pearl Harbor, I can barely recall the war. But I can remember […]

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]