On Stage Dayton

‘Shrek’ Review – Playhouse South – Come Look at the Freaks

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In order to save his home, Shrek agrees to rescue the lovely, abandoned Princess Fiona and return her to the villainous, diminutive Farquuad, who plans to marry her and rightfully become king of Duloc. But along the way, and with a wisecracking Donkey in tow, Shrek and Fiona grow to a newfound appreciation of love’s fundamental ability to look beyond outwardly appearances and treasure the glories of inner beauty.

‘Grease’ Review – Dayton Playhouse – Lukewarm Nostalgia


Most people assume “Grease” is an easy show to do because the tuneful music fuels the story and the characters are instantly relatable. However, you have to rely on specific types to truly sell the cool factor inherent in the comedic material set in and around Rydell High School in the late 1950s.

‘Wicked’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Wonderful Witches of Oz


The production’s tremendous technical elements heighten the show’s appeal as usual, but this mounting, even stronger than its well-received 2010 engagement, uncovers new depths in the vital relationship between the green-skinned, misunderstood Elphaba and the beautiful, bubbly Galinda, the engaging duo that respectively becomes the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch of the South.

The 25th Anniversary FutureFest Lineup!


Dayton Playhouse has sponsored FutureFest, a festival of new and unproduced plays for over twenty five years, put on by a community theater run entirely by volunteers. Each year in one weekend they showcase six new unproduced plays as chosen by the FF committee from the submissions entered that year. Each play is dramatized as either a staged reading or a full dramatization. Each play is a full length play and they do not limit the subject matter. They bring the playwrights to the festival for the weekend so you can mingle with them and we have talk back sessions with them after their show. Dayton Playhouse brings in adjudicators from around the country to pick the best play and give the playwrights a professional critique in front of the FF audience. It’s a play lover’s dream come true, and an opportunity a playwright can’t get anywhere else. FutureFest dates for 2015 will be July 17-19

‘Taking Shakespeare’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – You Have To Be Carefully Taught


Over the course of five strenuous, enlightening weeks (lighting designer John Rensel and sound designer Jay Brunner expertly mark the moody passage of time), Prof educates Murph on the Bard’s fascinating intricacies while also revealing truths behind the politics and professionalism of academia.

DCDC2: Definition of Exquisite


This Sunday, April 26th, from 4pm-6pm you have the opportunity to experience the Definition of Exquisite with the DCDC2, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's repertory-training ensemble. The intriguing program promises to explore the essence of exquisite, through creative choreography and modern dance. Movement is one of the most powerful tools for artistic expression, and DCDC uses it in a truly soul stirring way. DCDC was founded in 1968 by the visionary pioneer Jeralydyne Blunden, who later established the DCDC2 ensemble. Both groups perform locally and tour regionally, performing … [Read more...]

‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ Review – Wright State University – Let Him Entertain You

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Case in point: Wright State University’s excellent regional premiere of the 2010 musical revue “Sondheim on Sondheim,” a fascinating, revelatory tribute to Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Joshua Sondheim, who celebrated his 85th birthday last month.

‘Songs for a New World’ Review – Sinclair Community College – Embracing the Moment

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This contemporary musical revue, expresses an array of emotions grounded in the expectancy, wonder, vulnerability, and discovery of a single moment. In fact, Brown has stated: “It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” The songs are not connected, which may puzzle or polarize those in search of a traditional plot or story structure.

WSU Rainbow Alliance 11th Annual Drag Show


Dana Sintell & Ileasa Plymouth hosted WSU's first drag show 11 years ago - which means most of the current students were about 10 years old at the time. The Drag Show will also feature some of Dayton's best Drag Kings, Queens and Monarchs!.

Victoria Theatre Association Looking for Teen Ushers


As a Teen Ambassador, you are a vital component to the Family Series experience. Because of your previous experience as a Teen Usher with VTA, we will be counting on you to create a family-friendly environment for our guests. While all the skills you have learned previously will be employed, you will also have an opportunity to interact with guests through educational programming.