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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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On Stage

Beehives, genies and more at community theatres By: Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Hairspray” at The Dayton Playhouse, which runs weekends Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 The theatre scene in summertime Dayton has been a happening, full force, so the beginning of fall is a continuation, rather than a debut. Beginning with a pair of […]

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What happens in Dayton does not stay in Dayton!

Future Fest: Six new plays in 48 hours By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Richard Young during rehearsal for “The One with Olives”; photo credit: Andrew Thompson  “New plays are hard,” longtime Future Fest adjudicator New Yorker Helen Sneed said, insightfully as usual, because now she has her own script hovering in the wings of an off-Broadway fall […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]