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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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When sexy dance takes hold

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Dayton works its burlesque grind R.U.D.E.-ly   R.U.D.E. performers Taylor Daniels, Eric Chastain; photo: Lamar Pacley of Shutter Eye Photo By Arnecia Patterson Prevailing images of what conjures burlesque are given to scantily clad women who coax high levels of anticipation and egging on from male onlookers, anticipation that they will “take it off…take it […]

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Forever Young

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Sara Watkins gets back to her roots at Taft Theatre Photo: Sara Warkins, performing at Taft Theatre on Aug. 12 By L. Kent Wolgamott Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass or much of her fiddle on “Young […]

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Theatre under the stars

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Once Upon a Mattress comes alive in Springboro’s North Park Photo (l-r):Queen Aggravian, Prince Dauntless, and King Sextimus of Once Upon a Mattress presented by Playhouse South By Laura Jones There’s not much like sitting outside on a summer night beneath the stars watching theatre. In fact, when Minstrel (Xander Hildenbrandt), the first character appeared in Once […]

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Color Dayton

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Art on the Commons keeps inspiring creativity Photo: A masterpiece by Anastasia Mak By Megan Constable Back for its 29th year, the Art on the Commons Festival will bring music, art, crafts, food, and more to the Miami Valley. The event will host over 100 artists and crafters from across the nation. According to Shayna McConville, […]

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All aboard

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Mad River Railroad stops at RiverScape MetroPark Photo: Mad River Railroad’s (l-r) Dave Finster, Pat Carine, Gary Ridgeway, Nora Denning, Dave Younkin By Matt Clevenger Overlooking the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, RiverScape MetroPark seems like an ideal venue for bluegrass act Mad River Railroad. The band played there once before, in 2015, and […]

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Once upon a DayTony

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Dayton honors its own, looks ahead Judges from FutureFest, the three-day, new play weekend; photo: Art Fabian By: Jacqui Theobald DayTony Gala at Sinclair, July 29 When theatre people get together what do they talk about? Theatre, of course. Outstanding productions, what’s funny or poignant or outrageous. Maybe even a cynical or sarcastic quip—they’re clever […]

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Now part of our world

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The Little Mermaid sings its way to the Schuster The Little Mermaid splashes onto the Schuster stage from Aug. 8-13; photo: Mark & Tracy Photography By Tim Smith Disney films seem to live forever, and not just on home video. When they release a new animated feature, chances are pretty high that it will be […]

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Playing premonitions

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The future of theatre arrives at Dayton Playhouse with FutureFest Photo: The judging session of the play ‘Memories’ for FutureFest, this year July 20-23 at Dayton Playhouse; photo: Art Fabian By Jacqui Theobald Seeing a whole weekend of six new plays can get to be a near obsession, but fans of FutureFest are eager to be […]

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Repair, prepare

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July theatre companies rev down, up for new season Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham as Cassius, Jared Mola as Brutus, and Miriam Eckenrode-Saari as Cato for YS Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ By Jacqui Theobald Without the constant pressure of audition/rehearsal/performance schedules in a regular season, area theatres still manage to find plenty to do in the summer. […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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Love and bullets

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Beavercreek Theatre joins the Barrow Gang with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical Flanders and T.J. Montgomery as Clyde (right) in Beavercreek Theatre’s Bonnie and Clyde; photo: Rick Flynn By Tim Smith Break out the bootleg gin, put on your pappy’s fedora, and fire up the Ford Model A. The Barrow Gang is back in town! […]

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Honest, smoking brass

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Davina and the Vagabonds wander to Oddbody’s Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds travel on to Oddbody’s June 17; photo: Garrett Born By Joey Ferber Barring the laws of space and time, if Davina and the Vagabonds were to share a bill with any artist, this non-stop act would be playing alongside Fats Waller, Tom Waits, […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]