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Theatre season’s second half begins with variety By Jacqui Theobald Photo: J. Gary Thompson (center) plays Sir in Dayton Playhouse’s The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Way, way down in the brick-walled basement—vintage 1866—the very first construction of the Victoria Theatre holds up a mighty history with stalwart strength and […]

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Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins flies

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love fest By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Brianna Russ, Megan Braun and Jamey Paul in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, Jan. 14-17 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Ben Morrison The Muse Machine presents Mary Poppins. Seems simple and delightful, right? You know the whimsical story of the almost-magic nanny, the chimney sweep and the […]

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You’ve got a friend

Philharmonic plays Pixar By Sarah Sidlow Photo: The DPO’s Pixar in Concert will include favorites from all three “Toy Story” films, “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life” and more From corporations comprised of monsters to families forged in super-heroism, the playful creations of Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios have delighted audiences and crushed industry records for […]

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Lead me to Das Lied

DPO performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO concertmaster Jessica Hung A pianist once told me if I really wanted to get to know Beethoven’s music, I should listen to his string quartets. Beethoven’s musical soul is on full display in those sixteen works, he […]

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Double dog dare you

Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Supporting roles

Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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The art of peace

DAI commemorates the Dayton Peace Accords By Tim Smith Photo: A selection of commemorative art, like this famous photograph by Marc Riboud, is on display at the Dayton Art Institute now through Feb. 28 Dayton has long been recognized for its achievements and contributions, and in 1995, it added the Dayton Peace Accords to its […]

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The elf and the monologue

David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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On stage 12/15/15

Give holiday gifts of theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jonathan Kelly stars as Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at Sinclair Give magic! Taking the opportunity to introduce your youngest family members or friends to live theatre would be a memorable present, maybe even the beginning of a lifelong interest. Two different […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]