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Family reunion


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]