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No limits—no boundaries

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Dare to Defy’s The Wild Party in the Mathile Theatre at Schuster By Jacqui Theobald There is something wonderfully brave, a perfect metaphor of the whole Dare to Defy ethos, about presenting this musical by Andrew Lippa. The play is based on a late 1920s original poem by Joseph Moncure March. We have this combination […]

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The girls are back in town

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Vanguard Concerts’ DAI series proudly welcomes back Claremont Trio By Gary Spencer If I have ever noticed any trends in Dayton, one that stands out in my mind is that if you’re a musical group that plays here and you’re a big hit with the audience, you keep coming back. That certainly seems to be […]

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Crazy on you

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Sinclair Theatre presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” By Jacqui Theobald Considering the prevailing sense of craziness that seems to have invaded these times, it may be that     Sinclair Theatre’s choice of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is just the right play to help us keep our perspectives clear. The novel […]

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Life in the key of G

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Being Kenny G at Schuster By Tim Smith Saxophonist Kenny G has been entertaining music lovers since he began as a sideman with Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. He has earned legions of fans around the globe with bestselling albums, from Kenny G in 1982 to his latest, the 2015 release Brazilian Nights. […]

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Much Godot about nothing

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Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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Much ado about fracking

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“Marcellus Shale” explores both sides of fracking at Antioch College By Tim Smith Drilling for shale gas—also known as fracking—has become a hot button issue from Ohio to the northeastern United States. People on both sides have staked out their claims, with many landowners caught in the middle. The experimental theater troupe Talking Band has […]

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More alike than you think

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“Hijabi Monologues” present a snapshot of Muslim women’s experiences By Joyell Nevins The theatre can be a place to escape, a place to be entertained. It can also be a place to expand horizons and be educated—not necessarily a comfortable experience, but an important one. “Hijabi Monologues,” a set of stories by American Muslim women, […]

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The green-eyed monster

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Dayton Opera’s premier of Otello at the Schuster By Eric Street Love may be the most powerful force in the world, but jealousy exerts a dark power all its own. For drama and passion set to music, come to the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center when Dayton Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. “What a […]

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Rat pack retro

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Dayton Philharmonic’s Music of Mad Men By Lauren Adams Photo: Conductor Steven Reineke and the DPO present the Music of the Mad Men Era Feb. 19-20 at the Schuster Center The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Music of Mad Men Era with guest conductor Steven Reineke at the Schuster Center on Feb. 19 and […]

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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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Walking on broken glass

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‘Glass Menagerie’ finally at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald “You may have a vague memory of reading Tennessee Williams’ first play in school, but have you ever seen it?” queries Kevin Moore, artistic director and president of the Human Race Theatre Company. In fact, this is the first time in its 30 years […]

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Rock cappella

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Vocalosity interprets pop, rock and indie at Kuss By Lisa Bennett Since the Internet first became available to the general public in 1995, social media and digital communication have replaced the world of family-centric meals and homey game nights. Long gone are the days of singing to old records with friends or singing in the […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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It’s about time

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Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe and trio return to Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: The Bill Cunliffe Trio performs at Gilly’s Dec. 9 Bill Cunliffe is a respected artist in the world of jazz today—but jazz music, surprisingly, wasn’t his first love. “I didn’t originally start out as a jazz pianist,” the 59-year-old Grammy-winner said […]

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Portrait of a young painter

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Oldcastle Theatre Company presents ‘Grandma Moses: An American Primitive’ By Joyell Nevins Photo: Peter Langstaff and Christine Decker perform in “Grandma Moses: An American Primitive” Dec. 3-6 at Dayton Art Institute Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known as “Grandma Moses” to the world, didn’t begin painting until her late 70s. She was a self-taught painter who […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]