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Onstage: September 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp WSU grad Nick Verina will reprise his role as “Young Ben” in Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated musical “Follies” starring Bernadette Peters on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire makes a stop at X*ACT (Xenia Area Community Theatre) It only seems appropriate that during the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ […]

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A Jet all the way

Muse Machine performs Tonight as 2011 summer concert By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The musical West Side Story is a complicated one — a challenge for any company to take on, let alone one whose youngest performer is a 6-year-old. But it’s a challenge to which the members of Dayton’s Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education […]

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Onstage, August 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp As we close the “theater year” for most of our area theaters and we near the 2011 DayTony and Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame awards, we arrive at the look back on the year of theatre in Dayton. This was a year of great loss in our […]

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A musicals summer

Local theatres go outdoors and stay in with lineup of summertime musicals By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When David Brush walks down Fifth Street in the Historic Oregon District, he takes note of a few things: One of his favorite restaurants for ethnic food: Thai 9. The Color of Energy Gallery that sits just around the corner […]

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Shakespeare for the masses

Dayton’s Free Shakespeare! not exactly much ado about nothing By Brian P. Sharp Shakespeare for free is nothing new in the theatre community, but it is still fairly new to Dayton. The concept of free theatre, readings or even full performances, is many times an avenue in which actors and directors can perfect and enjoy […]

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Onstage July

The Lion King

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Lion continues to roar It is hard to go anywhere in Dayton without hearing about The Lion King and what it means to our community. I was able to see the show with my mother as we celebrated her 80th birthday. In her words, “This experience […]

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Onstage June

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Human Race delivers over Memorial Day The Human Race Theatre Company is presenting Right Next to Me, a musical by Gregg Coffin. This form of Right Next to Me is different from the workshop production that was shown in 2009. This show tells us the story of […]

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Getting it right on ‘42nd Street’

Broadway comes to Wright State By Brian P. Sharp It really felt like Broadway has stormed Wright State University while watching 42nd Street with music by Harry Warren (lyrics by Al Dubin; book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble; based on the novel by Bradford Ropes). As the curtain goes up about three feet, you […]

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Onstage: May

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Playhouse South shows us the results of war Playhouse South is in rehearsal for their next production, A Piece of My Heart, a play by Shirley Lauro based on the book by Keith Walker and directed by Craig Smith. This is the story of the many women […]

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Theatre that makes you think

‘Permanent Collection’ at Human Race By Brian P. Sharp So, when does one’s passion for “their cause” get in the way of progress? Is the art discriminatory? Are the employees discriminatory? Is the new director too passionate? Are his ways … in the way? Is the employee too rigid? Was a compromise possible? Did the […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]