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“Fiddler on the Roof” takes the stage at Wright State University Photo: Part of the Fiddler on the Roof cast (l-r) Megan Valle, Josh Beasley, Kayli Modell, Danielle Bessler, Emma Buchanan By Tim Smith Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures continues its tradition of bringing quality stage entertainment to the Miami […]

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Bat out of hell

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Bat Boy: The Musical swoops into Dare 2 Defy Productions this week Photo: Castmembers of Bat Boy rehearsing (l-r) Lindsay Sherman, Jessi Stark, Samantha Creech (front), Brett Norgaard (back), Bobby Mitchum By Jill Summerville In 1992, the satirical tabloid, US Weekly, ran its first story about Bat Boy, a half-man, half-bat found in a cave […]

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Traditional and modern via Bollywood

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Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no […]

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A (pre)season variety show

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November theatre productions By Natalie McCollum November. It’s like the calm before the storm. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving and the loved/hated Black Friday, but it’s a kind of pre-season before the busy December holidays hit full force. Why not take the opportunity to catch one of the many area theatre performances this month? The storm is […]

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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Disorder in the court

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Black Box Theatre’s lineup rotates for all audiences Jon Sauline and Sarah Ammar, photo: Emmalee Daniels By Don Hurst As alibis go, it wasn’t the worst I ever heard, but it stretched the limits of credibility. According to the defense attorney, the accused could not have committed the burglary because he was at the casino…playing […]

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Wright State begins 43rd season with a bang

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“You Can’t Take It With You” is as colorful and joyous as a fireworks display (L-R) Jeremy Farley, MacKenzie Kasbaum, Logan Kitchens, Nick Wasserbauer, Danni Hepp, Isaac Ingle; photo: Wright State Theatre By Carlo Wagner Walking into the Festival Playhouse performance space, it was clear that this play was going to please. Director Joe Deer, […]

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Charting social issues

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Wynton Works at Victoria DCDC dancer Nile Alicia Ruff; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson When the performing arts season opens, it brings with it a degree of anticipation among those who attend events. What classics will be refreshed and reinterpreted? Will there be cutting edge presentations, never-seen-or-heard-before premiers, or those […]

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In honor of purple

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Dayton Philharmonic performs Prince Photo: The band from left to right: Kevin Randolph, Jairus Mozee, MacKenzie Green, Andrew Gouche, David Haddon By Tim Walker Long before his untimely death in 2016 at the age of 57, Prince had secured his place in the pantheon of our very greatest popular musicians. From the moment he signed […]

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Costumes, and masks, and drama (oh my!)

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Off to see a show this month? Take your pick ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ cast L-R: Erin McGee, Shaun Diggs, Bryana Bentley, Justin Lampkins, S. Francis Livisay (standing). Photo: Patti Celek By Natalie McCollum It’s the most wonderful time of the year—yes, I mean Halloween. For many, the month of October is synonymous with […]

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Bluegrass brews in Miamisburg

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Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage Festival Photo: The Repeating Arms, with Max Nunery; photo: Max Nunery By Tim Smith The Dayton area boasts ardent fans of many types of music, but none has a following quite like bluegrass. Each year there are concerts and festivals devoted to bluegrass music across the region, but local musician and […]

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An operatic journey through the cosmos

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Verdi’s Requiem opens at the Schuster Center on September 17 Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Opera combine for Verdi’s Requiem By Eric Street Don’t be alarmed at the roar of tympani and bass drum downtown. That’s not an oncoming hurricane, it’s the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion section warming up for two […]

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Legendale, a different kind of musical.

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Fantasy video game musical makes its U.S. premier at The Loft Theatre Photo: Actors for the show Travis Mitchell, Rachel Flynn, Max Crumm, and Abby Church By Josher Lumpkin So, I have to start off this review by stating for the public record that, while I have a fond appreciation of the theatre, I am […]

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Whimsical live

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Dare to Defy presents Seussical at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Chavin Medina as Jojo and A.J. Breslin as the Cat in the Hat; photo: Mackensie King By Erin Callahan What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Maybe you think about Sam I Am’s whimsical rhyming in “Green Eggs and Ham,” every foot in […]

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Busy fall season begins September

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New productions and more on stage Photo: Josh Richardt and Judy Shaw in “Shakespeare” in South Park; photos: courtesy South Park By Jacqui Theobald A new season, filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm by community theatres, actors, and audiences. Hold on to your calendars. Two delightful offerings run simultaneously for three dates, creating opportunities to attend […]

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All My Sons dramatic opening weekend

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The Dayton Theatre Guild’s newest production Left to right: Mike Beerbower, Jeff Sams, and Dave Williamson; photos: All My Sons By Jacqui Theobald “It’s a powerhouse,” an audience member said. “It’s SO touching,” said another. They were in the sold-out opening night audience that had just seen All My Sons, the Arthur Miller classic.  Superbly […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]