On Stage Dayton

‘Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music’ Review – Dayton Theatre Guild – Lone Star Connections

(l to r) David Hallowren, Noah Walters and Jared Mola in the Dayton Theatre Guild's production of "Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music" 
(Contributed photo by Craig Roberts)

Colorful characters attempting connection fuels Lee Blessing’s folksy1983 comedy “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music,” the name of the Houston bar at the center of this simplistic summertime diversion at the Dayton Theatre Guild. Tough, hot-tempered ex-biker Jim Stools (David Hallowren) owns the bar in question which has undergone a renovation at the hands of his girlfriend Eve Wilfong (Angela Riley). Looking to appeal to the heart as well as the wallet, Eve brings a renewed sense of identity to the establishment, a more welcoming sense of purpose because she feels “there is a power … [Read more...]

Disney’s Resourceful Young Hero & Wise-Cracking Genie Come To Miamisburg


Childrens' Performing  Arts of  Miamisburg is proud to present Disney's Aladdin, Jr. Sept 12-21 at the Memorial Auditorium on South Sixth Street at Park in Miamisburg.  This current favorite Broadway  hit is popular with kids of all ages!  Music written by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman. Additional lyrics and book adapted by Jim Luigs. With one rub of the magic lamp, you will be transported into a world of color and energy. Hitch a ride on the magic carpet and travel to Agrabah – the City of Enchantment – where every beggar has a story, every camel has a tail and every … [Read more...]

Twisted Cabaret A Decadent Dish


  A one night only event,Twisted Cabaret is a music and dance extravaganza geared for mature audiences, hosted by the one and only, Mahoganay Halsten Soule as a fundraiser for the Women and Dance fall concert, Opening Doors. Twisted Cabaret will transport you back to the decadent cabaret shows of the 1920s and 30s, brought forward with a contemporary and mischievous twist! The evening of performance will feature dance, live music, comedy and theater. Twisted Cabaret is an experience you will never forget! Twisted Cabaret is a one night event which takes place at 1101 E 2nd St, Suite … [Read more...]

New Theater Group Aims To Inspire Millennials


The art scene in Dayton is continuing to grow with the addition of The Playground Theatre,  a not-for-profit movement Jenna Burnette and Christopher Hahn founded to bridge the gap between theatre and film. “We know in this day and age people are more likely to go see a movie than a play,” the cofounders said. “Our plan is to perform staged adaptations of popular films, contemporary plays and brand new works.” The two co founders were  living in Chicago when the plan for The Playground came about in 2013. Jenna had interned for Profiles Theater and both participated in several acting … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute


Recognized as one of the country's best Elvis impersonators, Mike Albert will perform all of your favorite Elvis hits. Accompanied by the big "e" band,  his award-winning tribute to "the king" returns to La Comedia for an encore performance.  … [Read more...]

Tender ‘Sugarhill’ Wins Dayton Playhouse FutureFest

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Playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage of Detroit received top honors Sunday, July 27 at the 24th annual Dayton Playhouse FutureFest of new plays for her World War II-era Southern family dramedy “Sugarhill,” a compelling exploration of race, heartbreak and hope. Set in the fictional titular Louisiana town in December 1941, “Sugarhill,” also named the Audience Favorite, scored highest among a commendable field of six original, developing plays adjudicated within criteria including theme, style/language, dramatic structure, character development, story/plot, pacing, page-to-stage, and the next … [Read more...]

Don’t Let The Lights Go Out At The Human Race


No support = No shows = No Human Race Theatre! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia4I3XXy_lE The Human Race makes theatre from the ground up. They employ both local and nationally acclaimed actors, directors, musicians, technicians, etc. We build our own sets and costumes. They do their own fundraising and marketing. They offer educational opportunities to students (youth and adult) throughout the year with coaching, classes, and performance opportunities.   Outside of producing contemporary and classic pieces since 1986, over the past decade they have produced over 40 NEW … [Read more...]

‘Once On This Island’ Review – Epiphany Lutheran Church – Vibrant Storytellers

(L to R) Back Row: Desmond Thomas, Kathy Meyer, Kandis Wean, Bryan Burckle. Front Row: Brianna Russ in Epiphany Lutheran Church's production of "Once On This Island" 
(Contributed photo by Charles Woodward)

The Epiphany Players Drama Ministry of Centerville’s Epiphany Lutheran Church delivers a wonderfully heartfelt, joyously sung production of the1990 Tony Award-nominated musical “Once On This Island.” Composed by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) and adapted from Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel “My Love, My Love,” this Caribbean-immersed show inherently appeals with its straightforward, touching emphasis on a young peasant girl’s coming-of-age. The effervescent yet strong-willed Ti Moune (sprightly portrayed by the winsome Brianna Russ) adores the wealthy Daniel (a charming, … [Read more...]

Saluting Dayton’s 2013-14 Theater Season

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Looking back on Dayton’s commendable 2013-14 theater season, appealing stories reflecting cries of revolution, love and forgiveness, identity and family, and relationships beyond repair gave audiences thought-provoking, richly rewarding memories. Wright State University certainly triumphed with an exceptional Les Misérables which catapulted its musical theater component to astonishing degrees from performance to design. The beautiful complexity of The Magic Fire, the wonderful earthiness of Oklahoma!, and the dynamic electricity within The Wild Party also gave the organization cause to … [Read more...]

‘Play it By Heart’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Sing Out, Jeannine!

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Three generations of strong Southern women feud and reconcile against the backdrop of changing dynamics within the country music industry in “Play it By Heart,” a promising new musical still navigating its path as evidenced in its Human Race Theatre Company regional premiere at the Loft Theatre. In this sweet but predictable tale, the legendary Jeannine Jasper (Trisha Rapier), a Grammy and Country Music Association winner with a spot in the Grand Ole Opry on the horizon, yearns for retirement to the chagrin of her overbearing, ruthless stage mom Naomi (Sharva Maynard). As mother and daughter … [Read more...]