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The summer cool-off By Jacqui Theobald Photo: A small crowd gathers for the grand illumination ceremony of the new Dayton Theatre Guild sign A July island Every summer, a gigantic and ambitious musical is mounted by Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Players Drama Ministry. For their 23rd season, Once on This Island takes the stage. A cast of […]

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A country show worth seeing

Human Race Theatre Company’s ‘Play It By Heart’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Sharva Maynard as Naomi Jasper, Kathryn Boswell as Jamie Lynn and Trisha Rapier as Jeannine in “Play It By Heart”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins “Play it by Heart’s” premiere is a total performance from the heart with touching music and a […]

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A play you must discuss

‘The Dead Guy’ by Eric Coble By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Christopher Hahn as Eldon and Amy Askins as Gina during a dress rehearsal of “The Dead Guy” at the Dayton Theatre Guild; photo: Peter Wine/MediaMoments.com How would you feel about a reality show with a million dollar bonus, but the ultimate cost of […]

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The rockabilly Fab Four

Million Dollar Quartet at Schuster By Brian Sharp Photo: John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, James Barry as Carl Perkins, Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley and Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet; photo: Jeremy Daniel What happens when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis just happen to stop […]

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Be our guest!

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at the Schuster Center May 27 through June 1; photo: Amy Boyle Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” is taking the stage at the Schuster Center from Tuesday, May 27 through Sunday, June 1. This timeless story of romance […]

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On Stage

Openings, premiers and summer camp – oh my! By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Children in the 2013 Human Race Theatre Company summer camp perform “The Wizard of Oz” PARTY IN XENIA If you happen to be turning f-f-f-fifty in 2014, The Xenia Area Community Theater, X*ACT has a birthday special just for you. If you’ve already had […]

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On stage

Remembering a local legend and celebrating local premieres By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “An Inspector Calls” at Dayton Theatre Guild UD offers round of applause for longtime theatre educator Darrell Anderson is an outstanding theatre person – not so good at predicting where his friends’ hearts lie. “I don’t think there’ll be many people at this retirement party […]

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There’s a whole new sound coming out of Memphis

Tony Award-winner ‘Memphis’ comes to the Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Victoria Theatre Association presents “Memphis” April 8-11 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Memphis disc jockey, the late Dewey Phillips – also known as “Daddy-O-Dewey” – is thought by many musical historians to be the person most responsible for integrating American radio […]

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Sharp wit and dynamic tensions

Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Kate Young as Polly Wyeth, Scott Stoney as Lyman Wyeth and Jennifer Joplin as Brooke Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins From fast-paced, clever family snipping to soul-shaking depths, Director Margarett Perry and her superb five-actor ensemble bring “Other […]

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Two farces and Hamlet in the ’70s

Just right for spring madness By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Chandler Hull as Annabella, Adam Silorey as Richard, David Widder-Varhegyi as Clown 2 and Eric Rasmussen as Clown 1 in “The 39 Steps” at Cedarville AT CEDARVILLE Think Alfred Hitchcock plot. Think fast-paced farce. Put them together in the same show. Oxymoron? “The 39 Steps,” opening Thursday, April […]

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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]

Naturally inclined

Slimy, furry outdoor family fun at Brukner Nature Center By Andy Hertel Photo: Hands-on wildlie encounters are part of Brukner Nature […]

The Docket: 03/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Oh, the humanity Officers responded to a call […]

Advice Goddess: 3/24

By Amy Alkon The sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on and even ripped off in […]

News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not […]