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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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Shake and Twist

‘All Shook Up’ premieres at Victoria Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Victoria Theatre just couldn’t help falling in love with their April 5 premiere of the touring production of All Shook Up, a musical based on a book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Certainly […]

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Onstage

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Just before off-Broadway, it’s Dayton Playhouse The Dayton Playhouse is getting ready for the season extra “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” a play by Samuel Shem (Stephen Bergman) and Janet Surrey. The play’s local premiere is quickly selling out and an additional performance has been added. It […]

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Victoria Theatre gets ‘Drowsy’

Hilarious is the word … or is it Hysterical? By Brian P. Sharp The Victoria Theatre Association in partnership with The Human Race Theatre Company will present “The Drowsy Chaperone.”  With songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, it is a romp through the mad-cap world […]

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Onstage

Theatre News and Reviews By Brian P. Sharp Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2011-2012 season The Wintergarden at the Schuster Center was the setting for the announcement of the 2011-2012 season by the Victoria Theatre Association. There are world premieres, star attractions and repeat performances. The big news of course was the Broadway Series which […]

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Broadway gets ‘Forbidden’

‘Forbidden Broadway: Dances with the Stars’ premieres By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Erase every single notion and understanding you have about the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The Pasodoble, Fox Trot, sequined costumes and scathing judges. Come on – do it. [Pause.] Alright, are you set? Then, here we go: The Victoria Theatre Association will […]

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A ‘fat’ chance

‘Fat Pig’ debuts at the Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian P. Sharp In these days of New Year’s resolutions, weight loss and gym membership advertisements, childhood obesity, no-carb diets and lap-band surgeries, is there weight discrimination? Does this discrimination speak to other biases? Have we become people that simply judge based on too fat, too […]

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What a way to make a livin’

Some days, it’s more than ‘9 to 5’ By Brian P. Sharp I had the opportunity to talk with Diana DeGarmo who plays Doralee Rhodes in the musical, “9 to 5,” coming to the Schuster Center February 1 through 6.  The role was made famous in the movie by Dolly Parton – one of Diana’s […]

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Greatness thrust upon us

Human Race presents ‘Twelfth Night’ By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company is gearing up for “Twelfth Night.”  A play originally written by William Shakespeare is set, for this production, in the 1920s. Under the direction of Aaron Vega, a Wright State University graduate and the youngest director in the history of The […]

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The naked truth in Dayton Theatre

How audiences react to actors stripping down By Brian P. Sharp As we start the “nude” year, it’s interesting to think back on how the Dayton theatre audience has been pushed regarding the issue of nudity over the years. You would think this would only apply to the professional stage, but no – in Dayton, […]

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Going Green

Theatre in Dayton had a very “green” 2010 By Brian P. Sharp By green, I don’t mean environmentally friendly. I do mean green with ‘wickedness.’ It would be difficult to start talking about this year in theatre without acknowledging the dollars that “Wicked” brought in to our community when it appeared on stage at the […]

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Human Race’s 8-Track: Review

Human Race’s 8-Track: Review By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s may seem easy to pish-posh the idea of history repeating itself. After all, who wears white disco suits anymore? [Note: Your eccentric Uncle Leroy doesn’t count.] But take a trip back to the 1970s and, platform shoes aside, you’ll find several very relevant themes: War. Relationship woes. […]

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Capping off the Marquee

Pre- and post-holiday theatre previews By Brian P. Sharp A ‘Theatre Guild’ who done it Make plans now for “Ravenscroft” at the Dayton Theatre Guild. The setting is an English manor in 1905. The players: the lady of the house, her daughter, the Governess, the maid and the cook … but wait – an investigator? […]

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Carrying on Tradition

SDDT’s 17th annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Tradition is a term that’s used quite a bit during the holidays. For some, a little too much. Others can’t possibly get enough of the custom tinsel, carols and holiday lights. And then there’s the celebrators who feel tradition, like an elderly woman does her […]

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Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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