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Porgy And Bess

Opera By Eric Street The Dayton Opera’s brilliant, collaborative Porgy and Bess is a worthy celebration of 50 years. Conducted with verve by Neal Gittleman, the swift-paced, visually striking production is awash in vocal talent. NaGuanda Nobles particularly casts a spell with her opening “Summertime.” Thomas Beard and Kearstin Piper Brown fully inhabit their title […]

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Spring Awakening At Victoria

The Defiant One By Russell Florence, Jr. Composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist/librettist Steven Sater’s 2007 Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening, a poignant, racy and riveting coming-of-age tale, will receive its highly anticipated local premiere next week at the Victoria Theatre. Based on the controversial, groundbreaking 1891 Frank Wedekind play of the same name, which […]

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PhilharMonster

Frightfully Fun for All Ages By Deborrah Adams PhilharMonster, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Halloween concert, offers all the seasonal elements that make for special memories, from costumes to sheer surprises. Every October, conductor Neal Gittleman and the DPO accept the challenge of bringing to a multi-generational audience a family-friendly concert that includes the spookiness […]

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Dayton Ballet Presents ‘Casanova’ And ‘Eve Of Frankenstein’

Seductive Double Pleasure By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s not often that people pair together a green monster and a romantic love story. But then again, how many ogre-like creatures do you know?  Let’s not short-change the possibilities, huh?  At least, that’s the thought behind Dayton Ballet’s season opening show, Casanova and Eve of Frankenstein, a debut […]

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The 39 Steps

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. The Human Race Theatre Company will present the local premiere of Patrick Barlow’s Tony Award-winning comedic thriller The 39 Steps Oct. 21-Nov. 7 at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. This spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name and the overall Hitchcock brand will […]

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Classical

Eileen Whalen By Jeff Huntington You can’t have a great orchestra without a great oboist, and they’re scarce. Dayton is fortunate to have one of the country’s great oboists, Eileen Whalen (shown). You can hear her 49 times this season with the Dayton Philharmonic, but you have a special opportunity to hear her solo with […]

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Razumovskaya’s Rhythm Of Passion

Visuals By Jud Yalkut Through Saturday, October 30, the Wind Fine Art Gallery, located at 7300 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering, is featuring the energetic paintings of Anna Razumovskaya in her “Rhythm of Passion” exhibition. A graduate of Russian State University for the Arts, Razumovskaya has had exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Amsterdam and […]

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Motion And Emotion

The Works Of David L. Smith At Town & Country By Jud Yalkut David L. Smith has been a practicing artist since he created gesture drawings and received his master’s degree at Iowa University, a school later attended by Jan Driesbach of the Dayton Art Institute. After serving in the army until 1946, Smith turned […]

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Behind The Scenes Of Porgy & Bess

Dayton Opera Prepares Immense Canvas A Collaborative ‘Porgy And Bess’ By Eric Street Backstage at the Schuster Center the atmosphere nearly crackles with anticipation as musicians, dancers, chorus, soloists and stage hands prepare for what should be the biggest collaborative project of the season: George Gershwin’s iconic American opera Porgy and Bess. This landmark production, […]

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On Stage

News And Reviews By Russell Florence, Jr. FUNNY ‘MOMMIE’ AT DAYTON PLAYHOUSE Charles Busch’s over-the-top 1999 comedic melodrama Die Mommie Die! receives an admirable local premiere at the Dayton Playhouse. Directed by Michael Boyd and set in 1967 Beverly Hills, Mommie concerns the dysfunctional world of faded star singer Angela Arden-Sussman (Cassandra Engber, attractively costumed […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]