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‘She Kills Monsters’ at Playhouse South By Don Hurst Photo: Carly Risenhoover-Peterson as Agnes (left) and Summer Lehman as Tilly in ‘She Kills Monsters’ She looks like a nice person. You wouldn’t believe she harbors any homicidal tendencies, but she does have a bit of an untrustworthy glint in her eyes when Carly Risenhoover-Peterson says, “The […]

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Ship and sinking stories

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‘The Last Lifeboat’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald photo: (l-r) Heather Martin as Florence Ismay, Heather Atkinson in multiple female roles, and Matt Lindsay as J. Bruce Ismay in ‘The Last Lifeboat’ photos: Craig Roberts In one of the few times in Theatre Guild’s 72-year history, a contemporary playwright came to see his show. […]

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Jesters and demons (and grandmas)

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Theatre As You Like It By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Brian Ressler as Andre and Judy Shaw as Touchstone in ‘As You Like It’; photo: Jene Shaw Free Shakespeare in historic South Park  This early 1623 classic is full of well-known quotes such as “too much of a good thing,” wrong assumptions, gender reversals, love, and […]

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Beyond Borders

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Beth Holyoke seeks peace in pieces By Brittany Erwin The Syrian Civil War has resulted in the most devastating refugee crisis of our time. You have undoubtedly witnessed footage of families fleeing their homes and risking their lives as they move toward an uncertain future. If they survive their escape, they often face distrust in […]

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Just don’t suck

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Laugh in the face of fear with Black Box Improv By Don Hurst “You and your scene partner are Civil War soldiers pinned down by enemy gunfire.” That kind of statement doesn’t make sense in a lot of places, but it’s pretty normal in The Black Box Theater’s level 1 (beginner) improv class. In fact, […]

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Sketchers

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Drawing the big picture of Dayton By Shayna V. McConville Photo: ‘Studio Sunset’ by Terry Welker In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color, and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and […]

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A look into the FutureFest

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Theatre at its best—and lots of it By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of ‘The Griots,’ (from left to right) David Brandt, Judi Earley, Annie Pesch, questions ‘true history’ July 24; photo courtesy of Fran Pesch Theatre, at its best, tells us universal truths about the human condition—about ourselves. Situations and people differ, but we […]

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Tall tales and truth

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Equal one Big Fish By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Margo Russ as The Witch (back) and Brady Kress as Edward Bloom (front) in The Epiphany Players’ Big Fish; photo: Megan Wean Sears What happens when a dedicated group with a 26-year history presents just one musical each summer? Some 75 actors, a director/choreographer with a powerful […]

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Summer snow

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The Antarctic Sublime & Elements of Nature: Water at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Daniel Rozin uses 450 stuffed penguins with motors, control electronics, and Xbox Kinect to create “Penguins Mirror” at Dayton Art Institutephoto: John Berens This summer, you can see penguins, glaciers, and a 13-foot waterfall—all without leaving the heart of Dayton. The […]

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Makers of nations

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Springfield Museum of Art exhibits Artist as Teacher By Lisa Bennett Photo: “Voodoo Zoo” oil painting by Ron Anderson; photo: Ron Anderson They are the makers of nations: the selfless women and men who shape the future by passing on their wisdom, their strengths, and their ideas. They are the teachers who patiently take on […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]