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Red is More Than Fine


Insight into the Mind of an American Abstract Expressionist By Brian P. Sharp As stated in the production: “everything is not fine in this world”… but this production is more than fine.  The art and evolution of Mark Rothko is the subject of Red, a play by John Logan now playing at The Loft Theatre […]

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The Jersey Girls


The Show Within The Show By Brian P. Sharp So, who are these three women — these three women behind the men we know as the Jersey Boys?  We’ve heard it before … it’s the woman behind the man.  Well in this case, it’s three women behind the men, and those three women play over […]

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Do you really know the JERSEY BOYS?

The Broadway Hit Comes to Dayton As the world we live in seems more interested in the Jersey shore…or the “real” housewives of New Jersey…Dayton gets to see the JERSEY BOYS roll into town.  There is more reality in this musical, which won a Tony Award, than in either of the aforementioned shows.  This musical […]

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There’s no place like Dayton for talented kids


Muse Machine presents The Wizard of Oz By Natasha Habib We all know the story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, and have probably seen the 1939 film classic or read the stories by L. Frank Baum. Some of us have seen Dorothy whisked away by a tornado or heard “there’s no place like home” more […]

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OnStage January


Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race sees “Red” The Tony Award-winning play Red that is, John Logan’s two-man drama which is a thrilling look at the artistic process and a biographical sketch of a methodical painter that defied the stereotype of the reckless artist. Artist Mark Rothko the Abstract Expressionist […]

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Local theatre: A year in review

Alex Sunderhaus as Emma, Blaine Boyd as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Darian Taschner as Lucy in Wright State’s production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.

Highlights of collegiate and professional theatre in 2011 By Brian P. Sharp One of the highlights this year happens to have been a loss (resignation), when a vital part of theatre in Dayton – Tina McPhearson previously the VP of Programming at the Victoria Theatre Association – known for bringing the big shows to the […]

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OnStage December

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp It’s a Wonderful Life in Beavercreek There is still time to catch (one more weekend – the show runs through the December 11) the Beavercreek Community Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama), which was inspired by the classic American film but […]

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Dreaming the dream

Les Misérables to take the Schuster stage By Brian P. Sharp When the newly conceived, newly orchestrated Les Misérables takes the stage in Dayton will it be everything its loyal followers remember? Les Misérables, a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the Victor Hugo novel, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by […]

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OnStage November

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp   Playhouse South brings Fame to the stage If you enjoyed the television series, you will love the musical. Don’t miss the energy of Fame–The Musical at Playhouse South, now until November 19 at the Clark Haines Theatre, 3700 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering. Join a group […]

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Your mother was a hamster

Spamalot to make a one-night stop in Dayton By Brian P. Sharp For the Monty Python followers, this is like the Holy Grail. The opportunity to see Spamalot on the Dayton stage as the touring company brings this hysterical show to life Oct. 30 at the Schuster Center. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for […]

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OnStage, 10/4/11

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp “Lost in Yonkers” at the Guild Dayton Theatre Guild is preparing for the Neil Simon Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Lost in Yonkers. This piece, full of laughs, tells the tale of two young boys left by their widowed father in a strange new world […]

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Getting ready for a ‘roll, roll, roll in ze hay’

Young Frankenstein takes the stage at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp Previewing the works of Mel Brooks during the Victoria Theatre film series this summer was the perfect introduction to the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein officially known as The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein. The musical comedy from the creative […]

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A gem at 25

Human Race Theatre Company opens their 25th anniversary season with God of Carnage By Brian P. Sharp God of Carnage The Human Race Theatre Company has aggressively approached their 25th anniversary. Five premiers are on the schedule and the first, a Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translation by Christopher Hampton […]

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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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