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The Sugar Witch

Editor’s Choice By Russell Florence, Jr. Nathan Sanders’ eerily potent Southern comic drama The Sugar Witch, a dark, surprisingly engrossing story of a cursed Florida family that fluidly delves into matters of legacy, loss, sexuality and racial injustice, receives a solid local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. Authentically directed by Doug […]

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Flash: The Musical

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. Clark State Community College will stage Flash: The Musical, an original work by Dan Hunt, through Sunday, November 7 in the Turner Studio Theatre at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave. The musical tells the story of Ed, whose life flashes before his eyes after […]

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Earth Talk

Double Concern Gulf Oil Lingering On The Sea Floor; Is Teeth Whitening Safe? From The Editors Of E/The Environmental Maganzine A friend of mine working on the Gulf Coast oil cleanup says that at least 50 percent of the loose oil is laying on the sea floor. What’s the long-term prognosis of this? — Chris […]

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On Stage

‘ANYTHING GOES’ SAILS SMOOTHLY AT WSU By Russell Florence, Jr. Lively dancing, colorful performances and Cole Porter’s sublime score keep Wright State University’s commendable production of Anything Goes pleasantly afloat. The revised 1987 libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman remains jokey and silly with a tendency to drag in spots, but when the music […]

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Celebrating Chopin

Dayton Philharmonic Salutes Master Pianist/Composer Frederic Chopin By Patrick Suarez As you examine the works that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in its concert pair Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, you’re probably thinking, “Chopin wrote a piano concerto? He wrote two of them? He wrote for the orchestra and not just for […]

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Triple Flair

Sculpture And Paintings At Cincinnati’s Weston Gallery By Jud Yalkut The multilevel spaces of the Weston Gallery in Cincinnati provide more than average capability for exploring in depth the work of artists showing there. This 16th season includes eight solo exhibitions of new and recent work in extended runs such as the current triple billing […]

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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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