The Human Race completes its 28th season of producing professional theatre for the Miami Valley with actress/playwright Regina Taylor's hit Crowns. Based on Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's book by same name, the play begins as troubled Brooklyn teenager Yolanda is sent to live with her church-going grandmother down South after the death of her brother. There she finds healing in the personal stories of the ladies of the congregation and the hats that adorn their heads. Through time and space, their intimate histories create a soulful, joyous triumph of song, dance, culture and glorious … [Read more...] about “Hattitude” & Gospel Music Make Crowns A Must See!
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Welcome back! You know, whenever I type that phrase, I think of the theme song to the 1970's sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter!" Only, in this case, your dreams aren't your ticket. Your tickets are your dreams. And in each one of the pieces I'm synopsizing for you, there are dreams a'plenty. For safety, for glory, for happiness...and maybe just for a really good-looking man. Was that too much? I may be waxing poetic. Probably best, then, just to dive right in! Limited Engagement! War Horse The Schuster Center The Skinny: A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, War Horse is based … [Read more...] about Coming up in Dayton theatre, 10/23 – 11/3
“When a woman says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.” Becky Foster, a middle class wife and mother grappling with middle-age self-worth, intriguingly heeds this opinion in Steven Dietz’s aptly titled 2008 comedy “Becky’s New Car,” the Human Race Theatre Company’s engaging if lightweight season opener fluidly directed by Marya Spring Cordes. At the outset, Becky, delightfully portrayed by a very personable and relatable Margaret Knapp, warns the audience they might have issues with her likability. In other words, the woman brushing up on her housecleaning before heading to her … [Read more...] about ‘Becky’s New Car’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Navigating a Midlife Crisis
Before I get started, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their continued support and readership of On Stage Dayton and Dayton Most Metro. Please be sure to link and share any content you like. Additionally, please make sure that you're suggesting to your friends that they "like" both Dayton Most Metro and On Stage Dayton so that they, too, can get updates and information. Alright, earnest plea for free promotion out of the way! On to the business at hand! Closing This Weekend Musical Chairs Beavercreek Community Theatre The Skinny: BCT’s season opener is an ensemble piece … [Read more...] about Coming up in Dayton Theatre: September 14th – 30th
Oral Funk Poetry Productions will launch its fifth season of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. this Friday, April 20. The season-opening performance will be a celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme will be Jamaican and Caribbean culture through spoken word, dramatizations, live music, vocalists, visual arts and more. Featured performers include Tony Award-winning HBO Def Poet Black Ice, who appeared on six seasons of the popular show and starred in Def Poetry on Broadway. He’s lent his voice to hip-hop … [Read more...] about Urban Arts Showcase Takes the Stage This Friday
Every new theater season in Dayton seems to be ripe with variety. It's one of the great joys of the Dayton theatre scene that the 'something for everyone' cliche actually rings true. 2011-2012 is already proving to be among the most eclectic yet. This season promises...... parents behaving badly (God Of Carnage) AND children behaving badly (Spring Awakening) romance of the sweet and fun kind (Hairspray) and of the creepy kind (The Phantom of the Opera) true stories of tragedy (The Laramie Project) and of triumph (Jersey Boys) journeys down familar roads (The Wizard of Oz) and … [Read more...] about On Stage Dayton Theatre Guide: 2011-12
THURSDAY, APRIL 21 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 When I was growing up, my grandparents had dinner for our extended family at their home every Easter Sunday, but the highlight of the day was always the Cousins’ Easter Egg hunt. My uncles hid something like five hundred eggs outside, and the race was on to find the most or to find one of the special prize eggs. Now, despite flashes of chilly weather and our constant busyness with school, work, and/or life, somehow Easter is already this weekend. Easter always seems like a quick holiday, marked by time at the in-laws’ or parents’, consisting of … [Read more...] about Coming Up in Dayton Theatre – 04/21 – 05/04
Permanent Collection The Human Race Theatre Co. An art museum may not be the first place you'd think of when it comes to workplaces with intense conflict, but in Thomas Gibbons' Permanent Collection the Morris Foundation has as much head-butting as an NFL game. And unlike in an NFL game, the production by The Human Race Theatre, Dayton's own professional theatre company, doesn't provide the players with helmets and pads. Eccentric collector Alfred Morris pretty much guarantees the collisions when his will stipulates both that his museum go to an historically black college and that the … [Read more...] about Permanent Collection
THURSDAY, APRIL 7 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 Famous playwright, critic, and essayist George Bernard Shaw (who wrote Arms and the Man, opening this weekend at Clark State) once said, “You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?’” The capacity to imagine and “dream things that never were” is vital to appreciating the arts, for the moment you walk through theatre doors, you become part of a new world and story for the next few hours. From a monster made of smoke to a drag queen with just “an angry inch” to four men running around in various … [Read more...] about Coming Up in Dayton Theatre – 04/07 – 04/20
Thursday, February 10 - Wednesday, February 23 Renowned dancer Twyla Tharp observed that the arts are the only way one can run away without leaving home, and the shows in the greater Miami Valley area these next two weeks reflect that concept well. While there are a couple of deeper shows, there are quite a few comedies and musicals, which range across a spectrum from the witty Twelfth Night to humorous Hello, Dolly! One thing all of these shows have in common, however, is the ability to remove us from the stresses of our daily lives. This is also true of the deeper plays - like Fat … [Read more...] about Coming Up in Dayton Theatre: 02/10 – 02/23