On Stage Dayton

‘Bare’ Review – Sinclair Community College – The Heart Wants What it Wants


The confusion, elation and heartbreak of secret love propels Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo’s powerful, provocative melodrama “Bare: A Pop Opera,” commendably presented in a student-produced production inside the Black Box Theatre of Sinclair Community College. At St. Cecelia’s co-ed Catholic boarding school, popular Jason (Bobby Mitchum) and timid Peter (A.J. Breslin) choose to keep their passionate relationship private. They can’t seem to overcome strict religious doctrine, administrative wariness, parental passiveness, and the unpredictability of their fellow students basically … [Read more...]

‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Baby, That Is Rock and Roll

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The 20th anniversary national tour of the enjoyably entertaining musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” housed at the Victoria Theatre courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series, thrives on warmhearted nostalgia and incredibly melodic songs by iconic tunesmiths Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.   Nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1995 including Best Musical and the record holder as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” places the music front and center as is typical of the somewhat polarizing revue format. There is no story, arc … [Read more...]

Sinclair Theatre Presents bare: a pop opera


A rock musical about high school students, and their struggles with sexual identity at their Catholic high school.

‘Hot Mikado’ Review – Wright State University – Gotta Dance!

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Without a doubt the first pleasant surprise of the fall is the area premiere of Wright State University’s highly entertaining and fabulously choreographed “Hot Mikado,” Rob Bowman and David H. Bell’s little-known 1986 jazz-era twist on Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1885 comic opera “The Mikado.” With great skill and efficiency, Bowman and Bell impressively dusts off this silly, thin tale of love, law and customs in the quaint, cutely named Japanese town of Titipu. Instead of taking a more familiar, traditional approach to the material and Gilbert and Sullivan’s legacy as particularly evident … [Read more...]

‘Mame’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Live, Laugh, Love


Based on Lawrence and Lee’s 1956 play “Auntie Mame,” adapted from Patrick Dennis’ 1955 novel of the same name, “Mame” chronicles nearly 20 years in the life of Mame Dennis, a lively, eccentric socialite who throws lavish soirees in her posh Beekman Place apartment no matter the occasion.

Centerville Theater Spins A Tale About Rumpelstiltskin


Laura, the miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle. The king thinks she can spin straw into gold and has big plans for increasing his kingdom’s treasury! There’s only one problem! The poor girl has no idea how to turn straw into gold. When a small wizard shows up and promises to help…she makes a bargain she’ll soon regret! That is, unless she can guess his name! Spoiler alert - his name is RUMPELSTILTSKIN! Don't miss our fall ACT Showcase, MY NAME IS RUMPELSTILTSKIN! November 7-9! Friday at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3pm!   … [Read more...]

Musical Thriller Sweeney Todd Opens Tonight in Beavercreek


Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor:

“Night of the Living Dead” turns to Day(ton) for National Premiere


Opening on Halloween, The Dayton Playhouse produces the national premiere of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live.

Victoria Theatre Association Announces $30 Million Endowment Campaign


Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) hosted a private reception Tuesday evening announcing a $30 million endowment campaign with funds designated for the future capital, programming and educational needs of VTA’s arts facilities: the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to The Loft Theatre.   “Dayton is fortunate to have wonderful arts venues – the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to the Loft Theatre – that we own and operate … [Read more...]

Les Miserables Collaboration Creates Big Sound


Do you hear the people sing? You will - but it's this weekend only. Les Miserables is getting a fresh staging and a BIG sound with a collaboration between Dayton Playhouse and Miami Valley  Symphony Orchestra at the Masonic Center for an orchestral and vocal production. The team of Brian Sharp (Director), Erik Strope (Vocal Director), and Ron Kindell (Orchestra Conductor) is working together to bring this show to Dayton. I recently talked to Brian Sharp for some insights into how the production came together and what audiences can expect. Is Les Mis a personal favorite of yours? Do you … [Read more...]