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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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Love on roller skates

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Art conquers all in The Dayton Playhouse production of Xanadu By Tim Smith Photo: Ellie Krug as Clio and (bottom, l-r) David Shough as Danny McGuire and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu; photo: Art Fabian Photography Every creative person cites a personal muse as a source of inspiration, be she artist, […]

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Animals, affairs, puppets, anxieties

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February’s local theatre presents treats for all ages By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cleo Rungee as Kaa (left) and Mathis Hahn as Mowgli in Landmark Children Theatre Company’s production of ‘Jungle Book’ photo: Deb Sortman   Just for fun with ‘Same Time Next Year’ at Xenia’s X*ACT Theater If there’s a need for spirit lifters in […]

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Permanent scars and temporary tats

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Look inward with ‘Luna Gale’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Kayla Graham, Timothy Moore, Cheryl Mellen, Heather Atkinson, and Cassandra Engber perform ‘Luna Gale’ Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photo: K.L. Storer We make decisions all the time, based on…well, how do we decide what’s trivial or significant? That’s part of the challenge […]

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Greek gods, Americas, and roller skates

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Starting off this New theatre Year with Xanadu, ‘Foxfire,’ ‘The Women’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Ellie Krug (left) as Kira and Desmond Thomas as Sonny Malone in Dayton Playhouse’s Xanadu, Jan. 20-Feb. 5; photos: Tina McPhearson Have we recovered from all the celebrations yet? Our local theatres are doing all they can to help us […]

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Nerd is the word

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Dare 2 Defy presents The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee By Morgan Laurens Photo: (l-r) Logainne (Tori Kocher), Marcy (Abby Land), William (Brennan Paulin), and Leaf (Brett Norgaard) in D2D’s 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee photos: Mackensie King Galoubet. Capybara. Tittup. Periscii. Cystitis. Syzygy. How many of these words do you know? One, maybe two […]

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Phil Dona-who?

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Local director spotlights Dayton’s Phil Donahue in The Human Animal musical By Morgan Laurens Photo: Director Ian Turner hones in on the life of Phil Donahue, above in an interview on Democracy Now!, through musical Ian Turner glances at his watch. Just under an hour ago, he was leaning against the wall of a tiny […]

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Through the eyes of elves

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘The Santaland Diaries’ By Tim Smith Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet the Elf in Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Anyone, who has ever stood in line with kids to sit on Santa’s lap in a shopping mall, can relate to the frustrations. The crowds, the […]

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Take a seat

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Some old and some new from Human Race, Dayton Theatre Guild, and Playground By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile as Crumpet in the Human Race Theatre’s production of ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ running Dec. 8-17 Our very own elf at the Human Race, Dec. 8-17, ‘The Santaland Diaries’ ’Tis the season to be over-run by elves, […]

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Home alone in the Garden

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Dare 2 Defy presents Children of Eden at the Victoria Theatre By Morgan Laurens Photo: Storytellers Desmond Thomas and Lisa Glover represent today’s generation, the audience, in Dare to Defy’s Garden of Eden; photos: Lauren Schierloh The typical family drama either climaxes or concludes with a specific event: a wedding, a funeral, a birthday, a […]

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Comedy with a brain

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Human Race Theatre presents ‘Hail Mary!’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo:Claire Kennedy as Mary and Jennifer Dorr White as Mother Regina Marie in Human Race Theatre’s ‘Hail Mary!’; photos: Scott J. Kimmins Who says you can’t laugh and think at the same time? Tom Dudzick’s play is about Mary, a young teacher with hopes of becoming […]

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All happy families are alike

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Ray Geiger as Tom, Ryan Shannon as Chris, Ryan Kelly as Katie, Tim Madden as James, and Karen Righter as Karen in ‘Unavoidable Disappearance’photo: KL Storer When Tom Durnin comes home, he supposes his family has been unchanged over the […]

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Gently with a chainsaw

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Heathers the Musical at Playhouse South By Don Hurst Photo: T.J. Montgomery as J.D. and Jordan Eechaute-Lopez as Veronica Sawyer in Playhouse South’s Heathers the Musical; photos: Don Hurst Cool girls. Bullies. Teenage love. Suicide. Murder. Explosives. High school can be such a drama fest. Playhouse South presents Heathers the Musical, based on the hit […]

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Cannibals and Fiddlers

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Two local productions prove Dayton theatre’s respect By Jacqui Theobald Photo: (l-r) Danielle DeLorme as Mary Bland, John Nussbaum as Raoul, and Matthew Clifton as Paul Bland in ‘Eating Raoul’photo: Doug Lloyd More than one coastal playwright has remarked, in very positive terms, on the quality and variety of the local art scene. Almost raved, […]

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Boos between the books

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‘Kooky Spooky’ Wump Mucket Puppets at Metro Main Library By Tim Smith Photo: Wump Mucket’s G’Wizzl, the super space princess; photos: Michelle Jellison Long before video games and digital animation, there existed a magical world of imagination called puppetry. Puppet shows featuring cute, funny characters were once the mainstay of school programs, birthday parties and […]

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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 […]