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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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‘Holiday’ at the theatre

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Dare 2 Defy presents American Idiot By Joyell Nevins Bring on the grunge. Bring on the grit. Leave the kids at home. It’s time for drugs, sex, rock and roll and a lot of unrest with Dare 2 Defy’s (D2D) production of American Idiot, from the Green Day album of the same name. The show […]

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On Stage

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Murder mysteries, wizards and new seasons By Jacqui Theobald “Black Coffee” at Xenia’s X*ACT The proud little community theater at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia concludes its present season, focused on murder mysteries, with one of Agatha Christie’s very first plays, “Black Coffee.” Tony Copper directs. Performances are May 27-29 and June 3-5. A […]

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Yeas vs nays

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History repeats itself with 1776 at the Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald That old cliché, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” may have instead a pleasurable re-acquaintance when The Dayton Playhouse brings the figures of the Declaration of Independence to life beginning May 6 running weekends through May 22. Anyone who may […]

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On stage

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Puppets, auditions and more By Jacqui Theobald Zoot News Autistic people of all ages often relate to puppets better than they do to real people. Whimsical puppet faces atop unusually clothed figures several feet tall, such as Zoot Theatre Artistic Director Tristan Cupp’s creations, are charmers for many. Cupp has the kind of vision that […]

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I do?

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Human Race’s “One Slight Hitch” is pure Lewis Black By Jacqui Theobald The opening night audience left The Loft still almost dancing to the upbeat ’80s music, smiling and cheerful after enjoying “One Slight Hitch,” the fast paced, crammed with on-liners, directed with superb timing story of the worst possible wedding day. Director Margarett Perry […]

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No limits—no boundaries

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Dare to Defy’s The Wild Party in the Mathile Theatre at Schuster By Jacqui Theobald There is something wonderfully brave, a perfect metaphor of the whole Dare to Defy ethos, about presenting this musical by Andrew Lippa. The play is based on a late 1920s original poem by Joseph Moncure March. We have this combination […]

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Crazy on you

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Sinclair Theatre presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” By Jacqui Theobald Considering the prevailing sense of craziness that seems to have invaded these times, it may be that     Sinclair Theatre’s choice of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is just the right play to help us keep our perspectives clear. The novel […]

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Much Godot about nothing

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Springfield StageWorks keeps “Waiting for Godot” By Lauren Adams The very first words of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” are “Nothing to be done.” Ironically, the Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier described it as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. […]

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Move over, Netflix

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“Reasons to Be Pretty” with the Playground Theatre By Joyell Nevins Millennials, is your idea of theatre that it’s pretentious or over the top? Then it may be time to “Stop Netflixing and come hang out at the Playground.” That’s one of the taglines for the burgeoning Playground Theatre, co-founded by lovers of theatre and […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]