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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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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]