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The naked truth in Dayton Theatre

How audiences react to actors stripping down By Brian P. Sharp As we start the “nude” year, it’s interesting to think back on how the Dayton theatre audience has been pushed regarding the issue of nudity over the years. You would think this would only apply to the professional stage, but no – in Dayton, […]

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Going Green

Theatre in Dayton had a very “green” 2010 By Brian P. Sharp By green, I don’t mean environmentally friendly. I do mean green with ‘wickedness.’ It would be difficult to start talking about this year in theatre without acknowledging the dollars that “Wicked” brought in to our community when it appeared on stage at the […]

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Human Race’s 8-Track: Review

Human Race’s 8-Track: Review By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s may seem easy to pish-posh the idea of history repeating itself. After all, who wears white disco suits anymore? [Note: Your eccentric Uncle Leroy doesn't count.] But take a trip back to the 1970s and, platform shoes aside, you’ll find several very relevant themes: War. Relationship woes. […]

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Capping off the Marquee

Pre- and post-holiday theatre previews By Brian P. Sharp A ‘Theatre Guild’ who done it Make plans now for “Ravenscroft” at the Dayton Theatre Guild. The setting is an English manor in 1905. The players: the lady of the house, her daughter, the Governess, the maid and the cook … but wait – an investigator? […]

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Carrying on Tradition

SDDT’s 17th annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Tradition is a term that’s used quite a bit during the holidays. For some, a little too much. Others can’t possibly get enough of the custom tinsel, carols and holiday lights. And then there’s the celebrators who feel tradition, like an elderly woman does her […]

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At my Wit’s beginning

A preview of the Dayton Playhouse’s Wit By Caroline Shannon-Karasik There’s something to be said for feeling lost within yourself. That loneliness a person can feel when he or she has been faced with a verdict much larger than simple life drama … or, maybe, there’s nothing to be said at all. At least that’s […]

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The Sugar Witch

Editor’s Choice By Russell Florence, Jr. Nathan Sanders’ eerily potent Southern comic drama The Sugar Witch, a dark, surprisingly engrossing story of a cursed Florida family that fluidly delves into matters of legacy, loss, sexuality and racial injustice, receives a solid local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. Authentically directed by Doug […]

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Spring Awakening At Victoria

The Defiant One By Russell Florence, Jr. Composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist/librettist Steven Sater’s 2007 Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening, a poignant, racy and riveting coming-of-age tale, will receive its highly anticipated local premiere next week at the Victoria Theatre. Based on the controversial, groundbreaking 1891 Frank Wedekind play of the same name, which […]

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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 […]