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Another person’s treasure

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Whether a thrift-store find is a genuine Jackson Pollock painting ultimately is not the central theme of this more-complex-than-it-seems two-character play written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Doug Lloyd. Maude Gutman (most convincingly played by Rachel Oprea) lives in a California trailer park and is a woman of average education. Maude contacts Lionel Percy […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The Wit of Erma Bombeck

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Heartland humor from the Human Race Theatre By Jackie Theobald Jennifer Joplin “simulates” Erma Bombeck, here at her makeshift ironing board desk. Erma Bombeck has come home to Dayton and Dayton is welcoming her back with enthusiasm. “It’s about time,” her sons Matt and Andrew said, clearly proud of all their mother did and all […]

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The sound of the new Americans

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Dayton Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Schuster Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung By Pat Suarez Leonard Bernstein had to have been thinking, “Wow…” when, in 1947, Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins approached Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about adapting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the stage. Hmmm… The most enduring play of all time in […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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World-class bluegrass

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Songs from the Road Band at Peach’s (L-R) Mark Schimick, Ryan Cavanaugh, Charles R. Humphrey III, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender of the Songs from the Road Band. By Katie Fender The popular bluegrass ensemble, Songs from the Road Band, are making a stop at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, and anyone with a taste […]

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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 Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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A jubilant “Elijah”

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The Springfield Symphony Presents Mendelssohn’s Choral Masterpiece Music Director and Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson will lead the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Chorale. By Pat Suarez Felix Mendelssohn’s place among classical music’s pantheon of composers has been secure for going on two centuries. And yet, in the minds of some, he just cannot crack the upper echelons. […]

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Still unfound?

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Windborne backed by Dayton Philharmonic performs music of U2 Brody Dolyniuk and Windborne team with the DPO to perform U2’s best-known music. By Tim Walker Now into their fifth decade, Irish band U2 have stood the test of time in more ways than one. The list of instantly recognizable hit songs the band has written […]

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Follow the yellow bricks…

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Make the “Journey to Oz” at Victoria The Experiential Theatre troup: Dan Brunson, Nicia Carla Moore, Chaz Pofahl, Tiffany Bear, and Tommy Foster, Journey to Oz. Photo: John Merrick By Don Hurst Tornadoes flinging farmhouses to alternate dimensions. Vengeful witches attempting to blow up puppies. Winged monkeys swarming scarecrows, lions, and tin men. The Experiential […]

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Double tenors, double fun

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Brothers Nunziata perform Broadway favorites in Springfield (L-R) Showmen Will and Anthony Nunziata… or is it Anthony and Will? A little help? Photo: Stephen Sorokoff By Sarah Monroe The stage is set and the music has been carefully selected. There is a soft shuffling of feet moving towards center stage as two brothers take their […]

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An American in Springfield

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Springfield Symphony highlights 20th century American classical “Exultations” a composition by Yellow Springs native Drew Heminger will be featured. Photo: Christopher Duff By Pat Suarez Your humble author once mentioned to a conductor friend that an orchestra could present an entire season, at least a dozen concerts, of only 20th century American classical works and […]

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Questioning the answers

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Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]

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The horizon and beyond

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Dayton Philharmonic interprets Williams’ Sea Symphony and DeBussy’s La Mer The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Neal Gittleman, will take the audience on a sea-faring musical adventure. By Pat Suarez The ocean: it is the largest collective organism on the planet, with an ecosystem that affects every living creature. It is a swirling mass […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]