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Americans, on Paris

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Springfield Symphony presents Paris When it Sizzled By Pat Suarez Photo: Guest pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for their Paris When It Sizzled program It was called “The Great War,” the war to end all wars. It lasted from 1914 to 1918. More than 16 million military and civilians died, […]

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On stage

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A premiere, a classic and a serious musical: Three contemporary issues by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rachel Wilson (Annabell), Shawn Hooks (Dr. Feld) and director Brian Sharp (center) in early rehearsals for Dayton Playhouse’s “Fix Me, Jesus” “I am flat-out curious,” Texas-born Helen Sneed said, anticipating the regional premiere at the Dayton Playhouse of her first […]

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Don’t be fooled

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“Red Herring” at Sinclair By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jessica Zula and Kevin Manley in “Red Herring” Name three hysterical film noirs that you remember. Can’t do it? Then expand your exposure and come see the Sinclair Theatre Department perform “Red Herring.” The play by Michael Hollinger takes the film noir style of the 1940s (think […]

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When harp meets hip-hop

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Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate at UD By Rusty Pate Photo: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s debut album Faya was released in 2014 Sometimes, the most inspired collaborations arise from the most unlikely of pairings. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate don’t really share many common experiences. Kouyate grew up in Conakry, Guinea. He plays the kora, […]

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You say potato, I say performance

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Broadway’s Nice Work if You Can Get It at Schuster By Janell R. Ward Photo: Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) and the female ensemble of the Nice Work if You Can Get It national tour will perform Feb. 10-15 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Leap into the 1920s with the extraordinary musical Nice Work […]

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The heart wants dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres “HeartShakes” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents “HeartShakes” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins An early celebration of relationships will be in the Valentine’s Day air when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) premieres its latest full-length ballet, “HeartShakes.” With “HeartShakes” […]

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Irreconcilable?

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UD’s “performance installation” explores faith and reason By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Alexandra Damiani, Michelle Hayford, Jenn Freitag, Luke Frazier and Ohana Garcia-Isgut [center] rehearse for “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” University of Dayton’s (UD) upcoming “(ir)reconcilable: A New Devised Play Exploring Faith and Reason” is not just a play. It’s […]

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Bending the genre

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Jazz pianist Gregg Kallor at UD By Katie Christoff Photo: Pianist Gregg Kallor will perform at University of Dayton on Jan. 22 ArtsLive at the University of Dayton strives to challenge its audiences’ traditional notions of music, particularly jazz. On Thursday, Jan. 22, pianist Gregg Kallor will kick off the 2015 season with his fusion […]

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On stage 01/20/2015

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Two openings and a remembrance By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rob Willoughby as Hucklebee and Brian Sharp as Bellomy in Dayton Playhouse’s “The Fantasticks” “The Fantastics” Whether “The Fantasticks” is familiar to you or yet unknown, the Dayton Playhouse invites you to share their delighted smiles and good humor on a romantic journey to look at young […]

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Hit me with your best shot

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Human Race premieres Michael Slade’s new “Family Shots” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Human Race Theatre Company premeiers “Family Shots” Jan. 22-Feb. 8 at the Loft Theatre Bring in a heart throb, a popular theatre and TV soap star, an experienced stage-film-TV pro and, with others, prepare to create the first interpretation of New York […]

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Oliver, with a twist

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Muse Machine’s Oliver! at the Victoria By Janell R. Ward Photo: Isaac Bement (The Artful Dodger) rehearses “Consider Yourself” with the cast of Oliver!; photo: Daniel Rader Buy tickets now to witness talented students perform in the musical Oliver!, presented by Muse Machine Thursday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Victoria Theatre. The […]

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On the tenth day of Mozart…

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Festival By Janell R. Ward Photo: The Springfield Symphony Orchesetra presents the Mozart Festival Jan. 16-24 A ten-day Mozart extravaganza is coming soon to an auditorium near you! This year, for the first time ever, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present a Mozart festival, which will run Jan. 16-24. “These […]

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Nashville’s jazzy export

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Annie Sellick at Clark State By Katie Christoff Photo: Jazz musician Annie Sellick will perform on Jan. 9 at Clark State Community College You can take the girl out of Nashville… Well, you know how the saying goes. But Annie Sellick, a jazz musician from the land of country music, makes it fairly difficult to […]

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Magical mystery tour

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The Illusionists at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Adam Trent, “The Futurist,” specializes in technology illusions; photo: Vanessa Viana Need a little magic in your life? Meet The Illusionists, seven magicians who are bringing their ensemble show, “Witness the Impossible,” to the Schuster Center January 13 and 14. These guys will defy […]

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State of the stage

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Area live theatre companies step back from the financial edge By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Dayton Theatre Guild Board members Patty Smith, President Kathy Mola and Rick Flynn Two major factors, financial stability and artistic standards, frame a discussion of what people closely involved in community theatre talk about as they assess the state of […]

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On Stage

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Dayton’s local theatre, from humble beginnings by Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] John Saurine, Stage Manager Ralph Dennler and Laurie Scott of The Dayton Theatre Guild Dayton is a great theatre town, we often say, and the question is, what makes that happen? Here’s a suggestion: It is the people who absolutely love theatre and have […]

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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 […]