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Playhouse South presents Catch Me If You Can By Tim Smith Photo: Frank Abagnale Sr. (Jeffrey M. Payne) dances with wife Paula (Sandy Coleman) in Playhouse South’s Catch Me If You Can, May 5-14 at Clark Haines Theater Two things in life are certain: some people will do anything for a buck (often illegally), and some […]

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Wonder at one man, an ‘Odd Couple,’ plus some Guys and Dolls

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The choices are yours, tough with this spring’s theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Alan Bomar Jones as Thurgood Marshall in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘Thurgood,’ running April 27 – May 14 It starts with one-man show, ‘Thurgood,’ April 27–May 14 It’s history, as pertinent now as when it was the news of the […]

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Saving the Victory, part 2

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The rescue mission continues with the Victoria Theatre Association, live theatre By Joyell Nevins Photo: Richard Benedum, chairman of the UD Department of Music, conducts ‘Handel’s Messiah’ in December 1983; photo: D. Altman Fleischer In the early 1970s, the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, known then as the Victory, faced extinction due to lack of […]

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In the golden afternoon

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The Human Race Theatre muses on age, family in ‘On Golden Pond’ By Jacqui Theobold Photo: (l-r) Charlie Clark, Jennifer Joplin, and Dale Hodges in the Human Race Theatre’s ‘On Golden Pond,’ running through April 23photos: Scott J. Kimmins You can almost hear the gentle lap of the pond that seems somehow to exist exactly […]

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Don’t touch that dial

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UD Theatre tunes in to 3 classic radio plays By Tim Smith Photo: Kayla Kingston creates sound effects, or ‘Foley effects,’ to emulate ‘50s-style radio plays Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when radio was the entertainment medium of choice for the average household. Long before television developed into the must-have […]

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Love among the fumes

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Sinclair Theatre slices into cult horror with The Toxic Avenger By Tim Smith Photo: Thomas Puckett as Melvin/Toxie in Sinclair’s The Toxic Avenger, running April 12-15 photo: Patti Celek; costume design: Patrick Allyn Hayes   Take one cult, horror B-movie, add a contemporary rock score, throw in some laughs, mix in a romance between a […]

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All’s fair?

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Dare 2 Defy questions love and war in Dogfight: The Musical By Laura Jones Photo: (l-r) Layne Roate as Boland, Ray Zupp as Birdland, and Bobby Mitchum as Bernstein on the set by Zupp for Dogfight: The Musical; photo: Zach Earnhardt If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s indie film scene, “Dogfight” will most […]

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Saving the Victory

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Growing with the grassroots Victoria Theatre movement By Joyell Nevins Photo: Patrons leave Dayton’s Victory Theatre in March 1980 after a performance by Vincent Price as Oscar Wilde; photo: Dayton Daily News   R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person […]

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A classic, a cult, and classes

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Lots of Laughs and looks at the human condition in April theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kylee Pauley as Gwendolen, Kathleen Day as Lady Bracknell, and Anand Sharma as Jack in X*ACT Theater’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’; photo: Connie Strait   X*ACT goes Wilde with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ March 31–April 9 One […]

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Revenge of the secretaries

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Wright State Theatre works Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical By Tim Smith Photo: Bailey Edmonds as Violet in 9 to 5, at Wright State through April 2; photos: Erin Pence Have you ever had one of those days when your thoughts were filled with nasty things you’d like to do to your boss? Have […]

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Gossip girls

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‘The Women’ invade Dayton Playhouse with ’30s-era drama By Jacqui Theobald Photo: right: Tamar Fishbein (standing) and (l-r) Carrin Ragland, Renee Frank Reed, and Caitlin Blackfordleft: (l-r) Lindsey Cardoza, Rachel Oprea, and Cheryl Mellen in ‘The Women’; photos: Art Fabian A winter-bundled audience blew into the cozy Playhouse on a cold opening night and was […]

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A normal ‘freak show’

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Classic ‘The Elephant Man’ reveals our truths at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Jared Mola (center) as John Merrick surrounded by the cast of ‘Elephant Man’ at Dayton Theatre Guild, March 17-April 2; photo: Rick Flynn   What makes a classic? They are nearly always good stories that show us important truths. We […]

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Definitely not sappy

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Two newer plays and two ambitious classics tackle ‘friendship’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Carrie Thurston as Fabian, Ian Snapp as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Suzy Kroeger as Lady Toby, and Timothy Kushmaul as Malvolio in ‘12th Night,’ March 3-12 at Playhouse South; photo: Sara Bortz Planning your theatre calendar for March will be a fine […]

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Enemy ours

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UD Theatre challenges authority with ‘Enmity of the People’ By Tim Smith Photo: (l-r) Betsy Mazza, UpLift Physical Theatre’s Nicholette Routhier, and Director Jerome Yorke in ‘Enmity of the People’ at UD Feb. 24-26photos: Kristin Davis Picture this: one day you discover that your town’s drinking water might be contaminated. You report your concerns to […]

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Rumor has the stage

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Wright State University Theatre presents ‘The Children’s Hour’ By Tim Smith Photo: (l-r) Megan Valle (Mrs. Amelia Tilford), Zac Pruett (Dr. Joeseph Cardin), Katie Post, and Haley Knuth Did you hear the rumor? One of your co-workers is having an affair with a married man. How about the one where your boss embezzled money from […]

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The forever ripple effect of ‘26 Pebbles’

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Human Race Theatre premieres a story of recovery and hope By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (clockwise from top left) Jason Podplesky, Gina Handy, Caitlin McWethy, Scott Hunt, Christine Brunner, and Jennifer Joplin star in ‘26 Pebbles’ Feb. 2-Feb 18; photo: Scott J. Kimmins During 2012 and later, we sent them 63,700 teddy bears. More than 900,000 […]

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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 […]