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“The Angels and the audience know … ”

J. Todd Anderson’s “Nativity, the Pop Opera”  By Jacqui Theobald “Nativity, the Pop Opera” is the BEST Christmas show in town,” according to its creator, J. Todd Anderson.  He is a Miami Valley boy who went to Hollywood, became a storyboard artist, now travels all over the world and, between jobs, comes home to Dayton […]

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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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On Stage

New plays from Sinclair Theatre, Playhouse South and Beavercreek Children’s Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dayton Playhouse looking for 2013-2014 season directors The Dayton Playhouse is looking for potential directors for its 2013-2014 season. The potential Directors are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals for which they are passionate. The candidates can […]

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Blowing up traditional theater

Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater draws on many different styles and originality By Rusty Pate The world of theater might be viewed by the casual fan as a rather stuffy affair. Those not already in love with the stage might fret more about getting dressed up, dealing with parking and missing their favorite sports team or […]

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Is it a crime … if God commands?

“Under a Red Moon” examines that very question By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company is offering the world premiere of “Under a Red Moon” – a play by Michael Slade under the direction of Margarett Perry. Any play that is taken from real life always intrigues me. This play came after the playwright […]

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Men are from Mars, women have hot flashes

“Menopause the Musical” at Victoria Theatre By Eric Street Turn on the fans! Hotter than an unexpected hot flash, “Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 12-14 for four steaming performances. Though the subject matter may sound like no laughing matter, Artistic Director Seth Greenleaf begs to differ. “Audiences should expect a […]

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On Stage

New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula” The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  […]

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Beyond sensation

“The Miracle Worker” opens Wright State season By Brian P. Sharp For many, the story of Helen Keller is a familiar one. As a blind, deaf and mute child, Keller’s parents failed to properly discipline her, allowing her to run wild by the age of six. Desperate to help their child, the Kellers hired Anne […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

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 […]