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New productions and more on stage Photo: Josh Richardt and Judy Shaw in “Shakespeare” in South Park; photos: courtesy South Park By Jacqui Theobald A new season, filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm by community theatres, actors, and audiences. Hold on to your calendars. Two delightful offerings run simultaneously for three dates, creating opportunities to attend […]

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All My Sons dramatic opening weekend

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The Dayton Theatre Guild’s newest production Left to right: Mike Beerbower, Jeff Sams, and Dave Williamson; photos: All My Sons By Jacqui Theobald “It’s a powerhouse,” an audience member said. “It’s SO touching,” said another. They were in the sold-out opening night audience that had just seen All My Sons, the Arthur Miller classic.  Superbly […]

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Theatre under the stars

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Once Upon a Mattress comes alive in Springboro’s North Park Photo (l-r):Queen Aggravian, Prince Dauntless, and King Sextimus of Once Upon a Mattress presented by Playhouse South By Laura Jones There’s not much like sitting outside on a summer night beneath the stars watching theatre. In fact, when Minstrel (Xander Hildenbrandt), the first character appeared in Once […]

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Once upon a DayTony

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Dayton honors its own, looks ahead Judges from FutureFest, the three-day, new play weekend; photo: Art Fabian By: Jacqui Theobald DayTony Gala at Sinclair, July 29 When theatre people get together what do they talk about? Theatre, of course. Outstanding productions, what’s funny or poignant or outrageous. Maybe even a cynical or sarcastic quip—they’re clever […]

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Playing premonitions

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The future of theatre arrives at Dayton Playhouse with FutureFest Photo: The judging session of the play ‘Memories’ for FutureFest, this year July 20-23 at Dayton Playhouse; photo: Art Fabian By Jacqui Theobald Seeing a whole weekend of six new plays can get to be a near obsession, but fans of FutureFest are eager to be […]

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Repair, prepare

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July theatre companies rev down, up for new season Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham as Cassius, Jared Mola as Brutus, and Miriam Eckenrode-Saari as Cato for YS Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ By Jacqui Theobald Without the constant pressure of audition/rehearsal/performance schedules in a regular season, area theatres still manage to find plenty to do in the summer. […]

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Love and bullets

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Beavercreek Theatre joins the Barrow Gang with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical Flanders and T.J. Montgomery as Clyde (right) in Beavercreek Theatre’s Bonnie and Clyde; photo: Rick Flynn By Tim Smith Break out the bootleg gin, put on your pappy’s fedora, and fire up the Ford Model A. The Barrow Gang is back in town! […]

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Family reunion

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Human Race Theatre reboots ‘Family Ties’ Photo: (l-r, front) Jim Stanek as Alex, Lawrence Redmond as Steve, and Eve Plumb as Elyse in ‘Family Ties’ at Human Race Theatre through June 25; photo: Scott J. Kimmins By Jacqui Theobald What do you suppose has been happening in the Keaton family for the last 20 years? The […]

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The shape of music

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Michael Bashaw’s Theater of Sound concert at Theatre Guild Photo: (l-r) Sandy Bashaw, Michael Bashaw, Erich Reith, and John Taylor performing Theatre of Sound; photo: Todd Huffman By Arnecia Patterson Dayton’s arts and entertainment scene has more than its fair share of visual artists, actors, writers, musicians, and bands. If you count the professional and […]

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Back to the FutureFest

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This summer’s theatre warms up with auditions, productions Photo: J. Gary Thompson (left) and Annie Pesch in Young at Heart Players’ ‘First Kisses,’ at Dayton Playhouse June 2–4 and 9–11 By Jacqui Theobald Audition for FutureFest at the Playhouse, May 29 and 30 Now in its 27th year, FutureFest has set the auditions for six […]

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Reality from the edge of absurdity

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Dayton Theatre Guild shows the light, dark ‘Wonder of the World’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Richard Young, Marcella Balin, Ian Manuel, Kari Carter, Scott Madden, Debra Strauss, and Kerry Simpson perform ‘Wonder of the World’ through May 28 at Dayton Theatre Guild From guffaws to giggles, the audience was audibly enjoying the wacky humor […]

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Gangs of New York

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Guys and Dolls give a glimpse of the underworld at the Victoria By Tim Smith Photo: D2D dancers David Baker (left) and Lauren Kampman in Guys and Dolls, May 19 and 20 at the Victoria Theatre There’s an adage in the theatre that says you can’t keep a good show down. There’s another reference to […]

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No children allowed

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Yellow Springs Theater Company presents ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’ By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) J. Gary Thompson, Rob Campbell, Tony Williams, and Ellen Ballerene in ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’; photos: Amy Wamsley Shocking. Outrageous. Raunchy. The majority of people would never use words such as these to describe the works of […]

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All an act

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]