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Shakespeare? Seriously?

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If you have avoided Shakespeare, remembering it as incredibly slow and hard to understand, this abridged and revised version will keep you awake and possibly breathless. It is 97 minutes of comedy and action, dipping lightly and irreverently into all 38 of the Bard’s plays. The actors run, they leap, they play football with a […]

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Another person’s treasure

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Whether a thrift-store find is a genuine Jackson Pollock painting ultimately is not the central theme of this more-complex-than-it-seems two-character play written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Doug Lloyd. Maude Gutman (most convincingly played by Rachel Oprea) lives in a California trailer park and is a woman of average education. Maude contacts Lionel Percy […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The Wit of Erma Bombeck

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Heartland humor from the Human Race Theatre By Jackie Theobald Jennifer Joplin “simulates” Erma Bombeck, here at her makeshift ironing board desk. Erma Bombeck has come home to Dayton and Dayton is welcoming her back with enthusiasm. “It’s about time,” her sons Matt and Andrew said, clearly proud of all their mother did and all […]

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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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Questioning the answers

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Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]

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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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Intimacy, identity, and ambition

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Human Race Theatre presents steamy “Sex with Strangers” By Jacqui Theobald It takes about twelve minutes for the first sexual involvement between the two writers to begin; it takes two acts to understand how insecurities, trust, and support are equally dynamic and exciting. The 2009 play “Sex with Strangers” by Laura Eason features a near […]

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You should see it, you should hear it

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Dare 2 Defy rocks the Schuster Center with The Who’s “Tommy” Dare 2 Defy’s cast rehearsing for “Tommy” (L-R) Darren Brown, Naman Clark, Melissa Hall, Angie Thacker, Brennan Paulin, Paul Hahn, Chavin Medina, Garret Young, Samantha Creech, Tyler Smith, Jamal Cann, Natalie Sander, Jesse Trieger.  Photo: Brett Norgaard By Dr. Jill Summerville Though numerous jukebox  […]

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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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The House hits home

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Human Race Theatre raises questions of attachment, morals, and humor Human Race Theatre’s cast of The House (l-r) Vince Gatton, Alex Sunderhaus, Caitlen Larsen and Scott Stoney. Photo: Scott J. Kimmins By Jerome Yorke One of the many gifts of live theatre is the revealing and unraveling of character through relationships and circumstance. As soon […]

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Traditional and modern via Bollywood

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Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no […]

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Wright State begins 43rd season with a bang

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“You Can’t Take It With You” is as colorful and joyous as a fireworks display (L-R) Jeremy Farley, MacKenzie Kasbaum, Logan Kitchens, Nick Wasserbauer, Danni Hepp, Isaac Ingle; photo: Wright State Theatre By Carlo Wagner Walking into the Festival Playhouse performance space, it was clear that this play was going to please. Director Joe Deer, […]

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Whimsical live

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Dare to Defy presents Seussical at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Chavin Medina as Jojo and A.J. Breslin as the Cat in the Hat; photo: Mackensie King By Erin Callahan What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Maybe you think about Sam I Am’s whimsical rhyming in “Green Eggs and Ham,” every foot in […]

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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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