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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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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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Come as you are

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Kinky Boots fits everyone at the Schuster Center Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says “Broadway,” Cyndi Lauper isn’t necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the ’80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a […]

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American souls, music

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Ragtime plays back the turn of the 20th century at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Harlem Group in Ragtime, running May 12-21 at Dayton Playhouse; photos: Art Fabian Big, bold, brisk, and brave. The Dayton Playhouse continues its pattern of undertaking giant musicals, seldom done by community theatres—and doing them well. Audience comment […]

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Lady sings the blues

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Flash back to the ’60s with Motown: The Musical at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Judith Frankiln (center) as Martha Reeves and the cast of Mowtown: The Musical perform April 11-16 at the Schuster; photo: Joan Marcus When you get right down to it, classic Motown songs encapsulate and define the 1960s: Marvin Gaye’s […]

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Forbidden love sizzles

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Rendezvous with Dirty Dancing at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: (left) Christopher Tierney as Johnny and Bronwyn Reed as Baby and (above) Tierney with Jerome Harmann Hardeman as Tito Suarez in Dirty Dancing; photos: Matthew Murphy Forbidden love. It’s the unquenchable passion that dooms Romeo and Juliet, the glowing embers that ignite West Side […]

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Star staying power

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42nd Street dazzles again at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor (center) and the Company go for the gold in 42 Street’s ‘We’re in the Money,’ running Jan. 10-15; photos: Chris Bennion “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” This is the gut-tightening challenge […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]