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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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]