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Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Supporting roles

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Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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The elf and the monologue

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David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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On stage 12/15/15

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Give holiday gifts of theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jonathan Kelly stars as Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 16-19 at Sinclair Give magic! Taking the opportunity to introduce your youngest family members or friends to live theatre would be a memorable present, maybe even the beginning of a lifelong interest. Two different […]

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Portrait of a young painter

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Oldcastle Theatre Company presents ‘Grandma Moses: An American Primitive’ By Joyell Nevins Photo: Peter Langstaff and Christine Decker perform in “Grandma Moses: An American Primitive” Dec. 3-6 at Dayton Art Institute Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known as “Grandma Moses” to the world, didn’t begin painting until her late 70s. She was a self-taught painter who […]

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A pause for bras and the cause

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Menopause: The Musical celebrates survivors By Marsha Bonhart Photo: Linda Boston, Megan Cavanagh, Teri Adams and Judy Blue star in Menopause: The Musical Nov. 21-22 at the Victoria Theatre What woman doesn’t love a clothing sale? Put lingerie in the mix—more specifically a black bra, complete with lace—and you have a great day at any […]

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Calm before the storm

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Dayton Theatre Guild performs All is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914 By Don Hurst Photo: The cast of All is Calm performs Nov. 20-Dec. 6 at The Dayton Theatre Guild; photo: Debra Kent   All is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914, written by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy […]

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On Stage 11/17/15

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Just right to find real holiday mood By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Eric Thompson and Abby Kress star in Dare to Defy Productions’ Footloose, Nov. 27-28 at the Victoria Theatre Dayton Theatre Guild—All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914—Nov. 20-Dec. 6 One-hundred and one years ago, an extraordinary moment occurred when enemies came together and […]

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A new bloom

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Steel Magnolias returns to Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Carolyn Popp, Christine Brunner, Caitlin Larsen, Julia Geisler, Patricia Lindart and Maretta Zilic perform in Steel Magnolias through Nov. 29; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Sally Field is not one of the “Steel Magnolias” on stage at the Loft Theatre this month and she […]

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Can you hear me now?

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Sinclair’s Quid Pro Quo portrays Deaf and hearing cultures By Joyell Nevins Photo: [standing] Ashlee Ferrell and Maximilian Santucci; [seated] Katelyn Gross and TJ Fortson perform in Quid Pro Quo through Nov. 14 at Sinclair Community College The poster for Sinclair Community College Theatre’s upcoming play Quid Pro Quo portrays two hands with middle fingers down […]

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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 […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]