On Stage Dayton

‘Memphis’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Music of the Soul

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The current national tour of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s “Memphis,” recipient of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, vigorously thrills with potency and heart in its firm local premiere at the Schuster Center courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. Set in the 1950s and based on a concept by George W. George, “Memphis” centers on the forbidden interracial romance between kooky DJ Huey Calhoun (an immensely amiable Joey Elrose) and R&B nightclub singer Felicia Farrell (a radiant Jasmin Richardson). Huey, an uneducated outcast who feels a deep … [Read more...]



Cautiously Optimistic Step in the Right Direction

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As I arrived at the Victoria Theatre on spring-like Sunday afternoon, I was curious to see how this season would end for this venerable troupe. While there were a few surprises, the final spring concert of the Dayton Ballet season ended on a quiet note. The concert began with former artistic director Dermott Burke’s Fete des Courtiers; a swirling confection of neoclassical formalism, it was perfectly perfunctory in form and execution as couples moved through formations that hinted at a noble engagement. While Fete Des Courtiers broke no new ground choreographically, it nevertheless engaged … [Read more...]



A sychronized DCDC at the Dayton Art Institute

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Another excellent chance to see the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as it presents Synchronicity, a unique concert in collaboration with student musicians attending two of the company’s university partners, Central State University and Wright State University as well as South Dayton Dance Theatre. Special guest artist, Dayton’s very own renowned jazz musician, Khalid Moss and his Trio, will also perform. Mr. Khalid’s trio features Eddie Brookshire on bass and Fenton Sparks on drums. The performance takes place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00pm in the … [Read more...]



‘Other Desert Cities’ Review – The Cost of Thriving **Ticket Contest**

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Painful lies and political allegiances consume the dysfunctional Wyeth family of Palm Springs in Jon Robin Baitz’s compelling 2011 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama “Other Desert Cities,” commendably staged by Margarett Perry in its local premiere by the Human Race Theatre Company. On Christmas Eve 2004, envisioned within beautifully stylish surroundings by set designer Tamara L. Honesty, the Wyeths are far from merry and bright. Republican hotshots Polly and Lyman fiercely clash with their liberal, emotionally scarred daughter Brooke, a novelist who plans to publish her … [Read more...]



‘Les Misérables’ Review – Wright State University – Stunning Success

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Wright State University delivers an outstanding local collegiate premiere of Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer’s “Les Misérables,” the popular, unabashedly sentimental 1987 Tony Award-winning pop opera based on Victor Hugo’s legendary 1862 novel exploring the human condition through plight and promise within turbulent France. Inspired by the harrowing June revolt of 1832 (the French Revolution concluded 33 years prior), “Les Miz” hasn’t lost one morsel of its angst-ridden, melodramatic urgency under W. Stuart McDowell’s excellently firm, fluid and inventive … [Read more...]



The BOB & TOM Show and Dayton’s Rock Station 104.7 TUE present: The Keystone Light Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour

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The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour presents a rotating ensemble of the world’s best comedians to stages all across America. Each live comedy show features several headliners heard on The BOB & TOM Show, one of the longest-running and highest-rated radio programs in America and the premiere radio showcase for today’s top comedians. Now in its 9th year, The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour has performed more than 400 shows from coast-to-coast. Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Chick McGee, The Keystone Light Friends of The … [Read more...]



Who’s Ready For Girls Night: THE MUSICAL? **Ticket Contest**

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Sometimes you just need a reason to grab your girlfriends and plan a fun outing.  The Victoria Theatre is giving you a reason to do that this Saturday, March 29th with GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL.   This show has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.  This touching and hilarious “tell-it-like-it-is” musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit … [Read more...]



‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ Review – Dare to Defy Productions – Love Is In The Air

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It can be extremely challenging for emerging troupes to stake their claim within Dayton’s continuously expansive theater scene. However, Dare to Defy Productions has done so with highly entertaining ease as evidenced in its very charming production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ hit 1996 off-Broadway musical revue. Presented in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center fashioned in a colorful 1950s, Roy Lichtenstein–inspired decor by set designer Ray Zupp, “I Love You...” paints an amusing, appealing portrait of the relatable ups and downs of … [Read more...]



A couple of sublime moments at the ballet

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With the “Diversity in Dance” concert, Dayton Ballet highlighted what works well for this regional ballet company. Once again the tantalizing prospects for a full fledged renaissance  are on display.  From the work of legendary  choreographer and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet to the rich and tantalizing movement construction of Susie Payne, This was a concert of bountiful returns. I have to impress upon the Dayton  arts community what a rarity it is to see classical and or neoclassical ballet repertory being presented with a live orchestra. This symbiosis of elements adds a third … [Read more...]



‘Expecting Isabel’ Review – Dayton Theatre Guild – Whatever It Takes

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Lisa Loomer tackles the very delicate subject of infertility with humor and tenderness in her eye-opening 1998 contemporary comedy “Expecting Isabel,” breezily directed by Robb Willoughby at the Dayton Theatre Guild. Down-to-earth Manhattan couple Nick and Miranda, respectively relatable as an aspiring sculptor and greeting card writer, eagerly endeavor to have a child, but face continuous obstacles along the way. In addition to coping with colorful input from Nick’s larger-than-life Italian family and Miranda’s tipsy mother, the duo attempts everything from marriage counseling and support … [Read more...]