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‘Next to Normal’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Next to Normal” at Victoria Theatre; [clockwise from top left] Emily Price, Jon Hacker, Trisha Rapier and Jamie Cordes; photo credit: Scott J Kimmins “Next to Normal” – a rock opera with a plot and a social conscience – is now playing at the Victoria Theatre […]

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On Stage

Many choices – Plays that move By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Matt Lindsay and Chuck Larkowski in “Retreat from Moscow” at Dayton Playhouse Dayton. Photo credit:  Jennifer Taylor Clarke Dayton has so many theatrical openings in early April that we would have to divide into very small pieces to go to all the opening nights. The good news […]

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‘PSY’-fly theatre

Frontier psychiatrists get it all out on the table By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Canadian troupe 7 Fingers presents “PSY” at the Victoria Theatre April 12 & 13; photo credit: Peggy Faye  Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), the indie-circus company that brought you “Traces,” is back in Dayton with “PSY,” an airing out […]

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We all have prejudices

“Race” at the Human Race Loft Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Alan Bomar Jones and Richard B. Watson in “Race” at the Loft Theatre April 9-21; photo credit: Scott J. Kimmins If you can leave the Human Race Loft Theatre with your assumptions and your vanities intact, you may be in denial. David […]

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The Pied Piper and his puppets

Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘And a Child Shall Lead’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: one of the puppets from Zoot Theatre company’s production of “And a Child Shall Lead” Under the most dire circumstances, children somehow find optimism and creativity, and most of all they find hope. Imagine what it took for 15,000 Jewish children under the […]

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On Stage

The future of the theatre, the “Bare” challenge and “Godspell” – nostalgia with a twist By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Heather Gorby and Tamra Francis (front) during Mayhem and Mystery’s production of  “Game Night Grudge”; photo credit: MediaMoments.com / Peter Wine Why Don’t You Go to the Theatre? This topic will be discussed and debated on Tuesday, March […]

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Truth, not spoof

Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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On Stage

Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Didn’t it rain, children, didn’t it rain!

Wright State presents “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”  By Jacqui Theobald photo: Cyndii Johson and Donnella Barbour [center] bring the first act to a close in “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” By the time you’ve experienced Dayton’s own true story brought to new life at Wright State University, you’ll feel you are in 1913. WSU re-creates […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]