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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Questioning the answers

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Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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Crashing the party

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Playground Theatre’s unfiltered “Bachelorette” Alaska Stoughton as Gena (left) with Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham as Regan get downright spiteful in “Bachelorette” By Terri Gordon Life’s early milestones come so readily—we walk, we talk, we learn to read. We navigate puberty. We experience our first crushes, dates, and kisses. We get driver’s licenses. We graduate high school. We […]

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Theatrical temptations

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On Stage March 2018 Kaleigh-Brook Dillingham as Regan and Darren Lee Brown as Jeff in The Playground Theatre’s “Bachelorette” with Dr. Jill Summerville “The Other Place” by Sharr White The Dayton Theatre Guild Mar. 16 through Apr. 1, 2018 If all the world is a stage, pharmaceutical company representative Juliana Smithton frequently finds herself at […]

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Intimacy, identity, and ambition

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Human Race Theatre presents steamy “Sex with Strangers” By Jacqui Theobald It takes about twelve minutes for the first sexual involvement between the two writers to begin; it takes two acts to understand how insecurities, trust, and support are equally dynamic and exciting. The 2009 play “Sex with Strangers” by Laura Eason features a near […]

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The Schuster’s alive…

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with “The Sound of Music” Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer singing to the von Trapp children. Photo: Matthew Murphy By Tim Walker How DO you solve a problem like Maria? It’s a fair question, a timeless one, and it has been asked by generation after generation.  With a never-ending appeal that spans several decades, the […]

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You should see it, you should hear it

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Dare 2 Defy rocks the Schuster Center with The Who’s “Tommy” Dare 2 Defy’s cast rehearsing for “Tommy” (L-R) Darren Brown, Naman Clark, Melissa Hall, Angie Thacker, Brennan Paulin, Paul Hahn, Chavin Medina, Garret Young, Samantha Creech, Tyler Smith, Jamal Cann, Natalie Sander, Jesse Trieger.  Photo: Brett Norgaard By Dr. Jill Summerville Though numerous jukebox  […]

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Mixed feelings over mixed drinks

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents “Stella and Lou” Dayton Theatre Guild’s Adam Clevenger playing Donny, Geoff Burkman playing Lou, and Amy Taint playing Stella in “Stella and Lou” By Jaqui Theobald January is the perfect time to enjoy the story of a relationship between two mature adults. There’s a funeral for nostalgia, a younger man’s upcoming […]

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A lady’s charm never fades

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Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, […]

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Defending dreams

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Playground Theatre’s The Tutors at Schuster Playground Theatre’s cast for The Tutors (l-r) Ryan Grissett (Milo) Jenna Gomes  (Heidi) A.J. Breslin  (Joe) Boyang Zhang (Kwan) Skyler McNeely (Toby) By Dr. Jill Summerville You’re having that dream again. No, not the one you have in bed that you’re ashamed to tell your parents. This is the […]

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Living fantasies and losing dreams

December theatre offerings By Jill Summerville   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (based on his novel), Sinclair Community College Taking its title from the temperature at which books supposedly burn, Ray Bradbury’s play, based on his 1953 novel, shows what our society will become if people accept easy answers instead of pondering difficult questions. In […]

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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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Costumes, Drama, and Fun in the Dark

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December shows have it all Photo: Illusionist Adam Trent takes the stage at Schuster Center By Dr. Jill Summerville The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Schuster Center Magician Adam Trent made his Broadway debut in 2014, as part of The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Amongst his co-performers, Trent was designated The Futurist due to his […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]