On Stage Dayton

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...]

‘Good People’ Review – Dayton Theatre Guild – Boston Bliss

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The Dayton Theatre Guild, who staged memorable local premieres of “Fuddy Meers” and “Kimberly Akimbo” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”), delivers a splendid local premiere of “Good People,” Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 Tony Award-nominated working-class dramedy about misunderstanding, regret and neighborhood pride in South Boston’s Lower End a.k.a. Southie. Delicately directed with impressive authenticity by Debra A. Kent, this terrifically insightful, humorous and engrossing character study concerns the resilient yet brash Margaret “Margie” Walsh, a down-on-her-luck … [Read more...]

Cabaret Night At Mimi’s Cafe


This cabaret will feature selections from shows that Dare To Defy Production will be doing in the near future as well as songs that reflect our dreams both as actors, characters, and a new company. … [Read more...]

Ohio’s Oldest Comedy Club Has New Owner


Originally opened in 1982 by Dan Lafferty and his wife Jody, Wiley's Comedy Club is one of the longest running clubs in the country and the oldest in Ohio.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ Review –Sinclair Community College –Inclusive Austen

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Film and TV actress Keke Palmer made headlines three weeks ago when she became the first African-American Cinderella on Broadway in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” But you don’t have to go to New York City to witness that kind of unique, outside the box casting. After all, Sinclair Community College’s wonderfully charming production of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” takes a similarly non-traditional approach that allows the classic tale to refreshingly breathe anew. Elegantly directed with beautifully fluid transitions by Kimberly Borst, “Pride and Prejudice,” breezily adapted by … [Read more...]

‘Fences’ Review – Wright State University – The American Family in Conflict

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August Wilson’s tremendously visceral 1987 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Fences,” among the finest inclusions in his remarkable 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century, opens Wright State University’s 40th anniversary season with emotionally riveting resonance. Beginning in 1957 and spanning nearly eight years in the life of a middle class African-American family in Pittsburgh, “Fences,” splendidly and poignantly co-directed by W. Stuart McDowell and Sheila Ramsey, centers its thought-provoking account of race, regret, … [Read more...]

‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ Review – Dayton Playhouse – Corporate Charm

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Datyon Theater critic Russell Florence Jr. review Dayton Playhouse's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”.

‘Miracle on South Division Street’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Kitchen Table Revelations

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The charming Nowak family of Buffalo, New York receives a rude awakening in Tom Dudzick’s lighthearted and lightweight 2013 comedy “Miracle on South Division Street,” currently receiving a breezy regional premiere at the Loft Theatre courtesy of the Human Race Theatre Company. Strongly Catholic and affectionately Polish, the Nowaks have been tending to their late patriarch’s shrine to the Virgin Mary for decades. Built in 1943, the 17-foot-tall shrine (which Buffalo native Dudzick based on a local legend) was established after Grandpa Nowak had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his barbershop, … [Read more...]

Win Tickets For Human Race’s “Miracle on South Division Street”

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Fans of The Human Race’s 2008 production of Tom Dudzick’s national hit Over the Tavern will rejoice at the regional premiere of the playwright’s “rollicking” Miracle on South Division Street, directed by Human Race Resident Artist Richard E. Hess (Race, Red, Doubt). 60 years ago, Grandpa Nowak had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his Buffalo, New York barbershop and had an unusual statue of her made to commemorate the miracle. For decades, his family has faithfully tended to his quirky shrine—a source of hope and inspiration in an otherwise run-down part of town. That is until a deathbed … [Read more...]