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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Theatrical temptations

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On Stage March 2018 Kaleigh-Brook Dillingham as Regan and Darren Lee Brown as Jeff in The Playground Theatre’s “Bachelorette” with Dr. Jill Summerville “The Other Place” by Sharr White The Dayton Theatre Guild Mar. 16 through Apr. 1, 2018 If all the world is a stage, pharmaceutical company representative Juliana Smithton frequently finds herself at […]

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Costumes, Drama, and Fun in the Dark

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December shows have it all Photo: Illusionist Adam Trent takes the stage at Schuster Center By Dr. Jill Summerville The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Schuster Center Magician Adam Trent made his Broadway debut in 2014, as part of The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Amongst his co-performers, Trent was designated The Futurist due to his […]

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A (pre)season variety show

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November theatre productions By Natalie McCollum November. It’s like the calm before the storm. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving and the loved/hated Black Friday, but it’s a kind of pre-season before the busy December holidays hit full force. Why not take the opportunity to catch one of the many area theatre performances this month? The storm is […]

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Disorder in the court

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Black Box Theatre’s lineup rotates for all audiences Jon Sauline and Sarah Ammar, photo: Emmalee Daniels By Don Hurst As alibis go, it wasn’t the worst I ever heard, but it stretched the limits of credibility. According to the defense attorney, the accused could not have committed the burglary because he was at the casino…playing […]

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Costumes, and masks, and drama (oh my!)

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Off to see a show this month? Take your pick ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ cast L-R: Erin McGee, Shaun Diggs, Bryana Bentley, Justin Lampkins, S. Francis Livisay (standing). Photo: Patti Celek By Natalie McCollum It’s the most wonderful time of the year—yes, I mean Halloween. For many, the month of October is synonymous with […]

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Busy fall season begins September

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New productions and more on stage Photo: Josh Richardt and Judy Shaw in “Shakespeare” in South Park; photos: courtesy South Park By Jacqui Theobald A new season, filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm by community theatres, actors, and audiences. Hold on to your calendars. Two delightful offerings run simultaneously for three dates, creating opportunities to attend […]

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Once upon a DayTony

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Dayton honors its own, looks ahead Judges from FutureFest, the three-day, new play weekend; photo: Art Fabian By: Jacqui Theobald DayTony Gala at Sinclair, July 29 When theatre people get together what do they talk about? Theatre, of course. Outstanding productions, what’s funny or poignant or outrageous. Maybe even a cynical or sarcastic quip—they’re clever […]

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Repair, prepare

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July theatre companies rev down, up for new season Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham as Cassius, Jared Mola as Brutus, and Miriam Eckenrode-Saari as Cato for YS Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ By Jacqui Theobald Without the constant pressure of audition/rehearsal/performance schedules in a regular season, area theatres still manage to find plenty to do in the summer. […]

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Back to the FutureFest

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This summer’s theatre warms up with auditions, productions Photo: J. Gary Thompson (left) and Annie Pesch in Young at Heart Players’ ‘First Kisses,’ at Dayton Playhouse June 2–4 and 9–11 By Jacqui Theobald Audition for FutureFest at the Playhouse, May 29 and 30 Now in its 27th year, FutureFest has set the auditions for six […]

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Wonder at one man, an ‘Odd Couple,’ plus some Guys and Dolls

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The choices are yours, tough with this spring’s theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Alan Bomar Jones as Thurgood Marshall in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘Thurgood,’ running April 27 – May 14 It starts with one-man show, ‘Thurgood,’ April 27–May 14 It’s history, as pertinent now as when it was the news of the […]

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In the golden afternoon

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The Human Race Theatre muses on age, family in ‘On Golden Pond’ By Jacqui Theobold Photo: (l-r) Charlie Clark, Jennifer Joplin, and Dale Hodges in the Human Race Theatre’s ‘On Golden Pond,’ running through April 23photos: Scott J. Kimmins You can almost hear the gentle lap of the pond that seems somehow to exist exactly […]

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A classic, a cult, and classes

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Lots of Laughs and looks at the human condition in April theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kylee Pauley as Gwendolen, Kathleen Day as Lady Bracknell, and Anand Sharma as Jack in X*ACT Theater’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’; photo: Connie Strait   X*ACT goes Wilde with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ March 31–April 9 One […]

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Definitely not sappy

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Two newer plays and two ambitious classics tackle ‘friendship’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Carrie Thurston as Fabian, Ian Snapp as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Suzy Kroeger as Lady Toby, and Timothy Kushmaul as Malvolio in ‘12th Night,’ March 3-12 at Playhouse South; photo: Sara Bortz Planning your theatre calendar for March will be a fine […]

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Animals, affairs, puppets, anxieties

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February’s local theatre presents treats for all ages By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cleo Rungee as Kaa (left) and Mathis Hahn as Mowgli in Landmark Children Theatre Company’s production of ‘Jungle Book’ photo: Deb Sortman   Just for fun with ‘Same Time Next Year’ at Xenia’s X*ACT Theater If there’s a need for spirit lifters in […]

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Permanent scars and temporary tats

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Look inward with ‘Luna Gale’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham, Timothy Moore, Cheryl Mellen, Heather Atkinson, and Cassandra Engber perform ‘Luna Gale’ Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photo: K.L. Storer We make decisions all the time, based on…well, how do we decide what’s trivial or significant? That’s part of the challenge […]

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