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Joy to the world!

Nativity The Pop Opera spreads a message of hope for a good cause  By Deon Jefferson   Photo: [center] Renecia Joseph sings as an angel in the 2012 performance of Nativity The Pop Opera, which runs Dec. 12-15; photo: Scott Huck Throughout the years, the tale of Mary’s precious baby has become a worldwide art form […]

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On Stage

Holiday stages from Broadway to Dayton By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: Beavercreek Community Theatre, under the direction of Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham, presents “A Neverland Christmas Carol” Dec. 6–15 Our turn to see a judge’s own play “I didn’t dumb it down,” Helen Sneed said on one of the last preview performance before her first play, “Fix Me Jesus,” […]

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Come and sing along!

Mamma Mia! at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The touring cast of Mamma Mia! will perform at the Schuster Center Nov. 29–Dec. 1; photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia Just when you thought “Black Friday” only meant shopping, the Victoria Theatre Association is giving you another reason to be excited. Plus, you don’t have […]

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Not the traditional ‘tradition’

Human Race succeeds with pared down ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ By Brian P. Sharp  Photo: The cast of Fiddler on the Roof in “Tevye’s Dream” I’m not sure just how many times I have seen “Fiddler on the Roof.” I do know that I have never seen a version quite like what I saw Friday night […]

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Above the law

“Antigone” at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [Foreground center; l to r] Bev Dines and Mary Mykytka in The University of Dayton Theatre Program’s production of “Antigone”; photo: Lori D’Agostino-Gough It was significant in 414 B.C. It was daring in 1944. It is a real challenge in 2013. The play is “Antigone,” […]

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On Stage

Imagine that: New, not-so-new and vintage classics By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Passengers on adjacent ships during rehearsal for the Sinclair Community College original production of “jux*ta*posed,” which runs Nov. 13–16 What do you do when you have a new space available, a zillion ideas and an eager staff and students? Certainly, it is the perfect […]

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More than another war story

‘War Horse’ looks at World War I through another set of eyes By Brian P. Sharp Photo: [l to r] The puppet horses Joey and Tophorn in “War Horse,” which runs at the Schuster Performing Arts Center Oct. 22-27; photo: © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg Are you ready for “War Horse”? The Victoria Theatre Association is opening their Broadway […]

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Let’s do the time warp again!

‘Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show’ by Zoot Theatre By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: [l to r] Beth Conley and Ray Zupp star in Zoot Theatre Company’s production of “Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show”; photo: The Zoot Theatre Company The people in the front row were bouncing to the beat of the music and to their own nostalgic memories. “Rocky […]

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Travels toward a midlife crisis

‘Becky’s New Car’ by Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Patricia Linhart and Margaret Knapp in “Becky’s New Car”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins A whoosh of colorful highways running up, down and out to sea create a bold scene for The Human Race’s opening production of “Becky’s New Car,” by playwright […]

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On Stage

Community theatre heads into autumn By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Mike Webb with an audience member during Mayhem & Mystery at the Spaghetti Warehouse, which starts a new production on Mondays in September; photo: MediaMoments.com In Xenia, a lion roars “The Lion in Winter” brings all that old intrigue of court to the stage of X*Act, the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]