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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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On stage

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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Retro and relevant

A review of Human Race’s Miracle on South Division Street By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Lauren Ashley Carter as Ruth, Wendy Barrie-Wilson as Clara and Kyle Nunn as Jimmy in “Miracle on South Division Street”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins. A miracle of big laughs and knowing chuckles occurred at the Loft Theatre opening night as […]

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The play’s the thing

Ten rounds of a family tradition by Jacqui Theobald Photo: A morning tour of the Emerald City, before “Wicked” For some, it’s books or baseball. For others, it’s cars or cooking. The river that connects generations for our family has been a trip to New York for the first time at age 12, a tradition begun […]

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Change your tune

Human Race Theatre Company’s Festival of New Musicals By Eric Street Photo: Susan Blackwell will host the 2014 Songwriter The Human Race Theatre Company’s mission to further the development of new works takes center stage Aug. 1 – 2 with its summer Festival of New Musicals. For the company’s seventh annual event, producing Artistic Director Kevin […]

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Flip the script

FutureFest offers six new plays in three days  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scott Knisley and Wendi Michael rehearse for “Wash, Dry, Fold”; photo: Serif Cinar “It’s the best time I have all year,” double-finalist playwright M. J. Feely said of the intense FutureFest weekend, during which Dayton Playhouse produces six new plays. He, like others who […]

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On Stage

Summer extras: Dinner and a show, auditions and awards By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tamra Francis and Heather Gorby in Mayhem and Mystery’s “Reunion Reckoning”; photo: Jerry Francis Mayhem and Mystery at Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem and Mystery is in its own category – it’s not dinner theatre in the usual sense, but plays presented in restaurants, one […]

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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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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]