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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

“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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You say potato, I say performance

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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Irreconcilable?

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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Hit me with your best shot

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

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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Magical mystery tour

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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An unusual selection is a gift by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Danielle Kubasky (Sister Mary Amnesia),Angele’ Price (Sister Hubert), Angie Thacker (Sister Mary Regina), Cassi Mikat (Sister Robert Ann) and Tori Kocher (Sister Leo) in Dare to Defy’s “Nunsense” “Isn’t it Romantic” is not your ordinary seasonal feature. There are no fuzzy puppies and no kids in […]

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Auntie Mame comes to Dayton

Human Race Theatre Company ‘opens a new window’ of fun By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zack Steele as Patrick, Lisa Ann Goldsmith as Mame and the cast of Mame; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Just when you think musical theatre productions at the Loft can’t get any better, here’s Mame, over the top with dra-maaat-ic characters (Mame […]

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Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]