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The Man Behind The Jersey Boys


A Glimpse into Des McAnuff, The Director   By Brian P. Sharp The man behind the Jersey Boys …? That would be Des McAnuff, the Director of the show.  I had the opportunity to chat with this amazing man. Born in Illinois and raised in Canada by his Mother, after the loss of his Father, […]

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The Jersey Girls


The Show Within The Show By Brian P. Sharp So, who are these three women — these three women behind the men we know as the Jersey Boys?  We’ve heard it before … it’s the woman behind the man.  Well in this case, it’s three women behind the men, and those three women play over […]

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A veteran Nutcracker

The Dayton Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Dayton Ballet’s new Executive Director, Kathy Reed, preps for The Nutcracker By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Author Paulo Coelho once said, “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” It’s almost a sure thing that when Coelho wrote those words, he didn’t have Dayton Ballet’s Executive Director Kathy Reed […]

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A flying experiment

The Flying Karamazov Brothers invade Victoria Theatre By Khalid Moss This is the story of a so-so, non-descript pair of street artists — whose sole objective was to make sure they could pay the next month’s rent — evolving into a world-class performing ensemble going head-to-head with the great symphony orchestras, TV stars and showbiz […]

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In a Musica! mood

“Legend & Lore” is the theme of Musica!’s 19th season in Dayton By Caroline Shannon-Karasik If you were a kid of the 1960s, then “music” meant an introduction to rockabilly sensation Elvis Presley and the absolute hysteria surrounding the invasion of British rock band, the Beatles. And what musical depiction of the ‘60s would be […]

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Come to the Red Hot Cabaret

DCDC presents last local show of the season By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Whoever said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has apparently never made the acquaintance of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). Because unlike a mother who cuts off her child’s supply of lollipops at one, the company is similar to the silly, […]

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New Music for New Dance

Dayton Ballet’s newest production at Victoria Theatre By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Great pairs have consistently withstood the tests of everyday life, performing stronger side-by-side and turning out better results because of a common kinship. These bonds are forever evident in some of entertainment’s most beloved couples: Thelma and Louise, Abbott and Costello, Cheech and Chong, heck, […]

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Dance the month away

Upcoming shows from Dayton Ballet and DCDC By Caroline Shannon-Karasik What do the celebration of African-American heritage and Tennessee Williams have in common? At first glance, not much at all. But when it comes to two of Dayton’s most-loved performing arts companies, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the similarities are obvious in the […]

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Dance is ‘Happening’ for the Holidays

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s “Holiday Happenings” Show By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s beginning to look a lot like … yeah, yeah, yeah. But don’t get all Grinch-y just yet. In fact, you can hold your yawn and ho-hum attitude for the next gingerbread house on the block or vision of a sugar plum that dances in […]

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Flash: The Musical

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. Clark State Community College will stage Flash: The Musical, an original work by Dan Hunt, through Sunday, November 7 in the Turner Studio Theatre at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave. The musical tells the story of Ed, whose life flashes before his eyes after […]

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On Stage

‘ANYTHING GOES’ SAILS SMOOTHLY AT WSU By Russell Florence, Jr. Lively dancing, colorful performances and Cole Porter’s sublime score keep Wright State University’s commendable production of Anything Goes pleasantly afloat. The revised 1987 libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman remains jokey and silly with a tendency to drag in spots, but when the music […]

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Dayton Ballet Presents ‘Casanova’ And ‘Eve Of Frankenstein’

Seductive Double Pleasure By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s not often that people pair together a green monster and a romantic love story. But then again, how many ogre-like creatures do you know?  Let’s not short-change the possibilities, huh?  At least, that’s the thought behind Dayton Ballet’s season opening show, Casanova and Eve of Frankenstein, a debut […]

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The 39 Steps

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. The Human Race Theatre Company will present the local premiere of Patrick Barlow’s Tony Award-winning comedic thriller The 39 Steps Oct. 21-Nov. 7 at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. This spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name and the overall Hitchcock brand will […]

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On Stage

News And Reviews By Russell Florence, Jr. FUNNY ‘MOMMIE’ AT DAYTON PLAYHOUSE Charles Busch’s over-the-top 1999 comedic melodrama Die Mommie Die! receives an admirable local premiere at the Dayton Playhouse. Directed by Michael Boyd and set in 1967 Beverly Hills, Mommie concerns the dysfunctional world of faded star singer Angela Arden-Sussman (Cassandra Engber, attractively costumed […]

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Jazz Artistically

DCDC Presents Fall Concert By Caroline Shannon- Karasik Balance. We’ve all heard it’s one of the keys to any great marriage, right? It even strikes an even flow in the workplace, and the joining of strength and tranquility can bring along the mind-body symmetry to which so many people attribute inner solitude. For a performer, […]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. Cedarville University delivers a delightfully sophisticated presentation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a charming and lighthearted romantic comedy that addresses class, hypocrisy and Victorian mores. Fluidly directed by Diane Conrad Merchant and featuring an attractive set and costume design by Donald N.C. Jones, Earnest is enjoyably […]

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