On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Centerville High School Central Theater, 500 E. Franklin Street, Centerville, Ohio, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present “A Taste of the Arts.” This performance has been made possible by generous funding from the City of Centerville and the Centerville Arts Commission. This concert is free and open to the public. This exciting program is a collaboration of Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic and will showcase all three art forms in the intimate setting of the Centerville High School Central Theater. In July 2012, … [Read more...] about A FREE Taste of the Arts in Centerville
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It’s hard to imagine what was going through author Eve Ensler’s mind on October 3, 1996. Standing front and center on the HERE Arts Center stage in New York City, Ensler performed an episodic play she wrote titled The Vagina Monologues. The show was supposed to be centered on interviews Ensler conducted with over two hundred women; questions were primarily on sex and relationships. As Ensler got deeper into her conversations with these women, she began hearing horrific stories on sexual abuse and violence. What was originally Ensler's vision- to “celebrate the vagina” - The Vagina … [Read more...] about Local Women Set To Bring Adaptation Of “The Vagina Monologues” To The Stage
Two schoolteachers accused of lesbianism at an all-girls boarding school cannot escape the onslaught of lies encircling them in Lillian Hellman’s provocative, rarely staged 1934 drama “The Children’s Hour,” excellently presented by Wright State University under the delicately firm direction of Marya Spring Cordes. Karen Wright (Katie Post) and Martha Dobie (Haley Knuth) are shocked to the core when troublesome 12-year-old student Mary Tilford (Dana Bixler) tells her stern yet doting grandmother Amelia (Megan Valle) what she thinks she heard about their behavior behind closed doors. As … [Read more...] about ‘The Children’s Hour’ Review – Wright State University – Alternative Facts Run Amok
On Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm; Friday, February 10 at 8 pm; Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm; and Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Daring Duets, the third ballet of the 2016–2017 Excite Season. The Thursday evening performance of Daring Duets includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm. Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and Dayton Ballet bring an exciting new ballet repertory program entitled Daring Duets to the Victoria Theatre stage, celebrating the complexities of the … [Read more...] about Love, Yearning, Passion, Romanticism: Dayton Ballet Presents Daring Duets
The tragic December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, is examined with relatable earnestness and resilience in Eric Ulloa’s touching if uneven new play “26 Pebbles,” currently receiving its professional premiere from the Human Race Theatre Company. Six months after the incident, Ulloa, a New York actor and playwright recently featured in the entertaining new Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio- musical “On Your Feet!,” traveled to Newtown for answers. Angry and frustrated, he sought solace in … [Read more...] about ’26 Pebbles’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Healing in the Aftermath
The battle for custody of a 6-month-old baby girl entices with compelling magnetism in Rebecca Gilman’s 2014 contemporary drama “Luna Gale,” currently receiving an outstanding local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild and directed with superb, true-to-life delicacy by Debra Kent. Misunderstanding, confusion, regret, and hope bolsters this fascinating tale fueled by Caroline, a veteran social worker in Cedar Rapids, Iowa trying to place the title character, neglected by her drug addicted teen parents Karlie and Peter, in the best environment. Fully invested in her job almost to her … [Read more...] about ‘Luna Gale’ Review – Dayton Theatre Guild – Little Girl Lost
Aaaahhh, the doldrums of late January, early February. What to do, and where to go.....how about 'A place where nobody dared to go....The love that we came to know...They call it XANADU!!' The tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1980 movie of the same title, has skated into the Dayton Playhouse through February 5th. "It's a small musical, with a cast 9 people, yet it has everything you expect from the show!" says Amy Askins, one of the show's cast members. "There is roller-skating, great sets (by Chris Newman), fabulous wigs (by Steve Burton) and of course the music!" (For ELO fans, welcome back … [Read more...] about X Marks THE Spot….in XANADU!
Kevin Moore, President & Artistic Director of The Human Race Theatre Company, announces the 2017 - 2018 Eichelberger Loft Season line-up, dubbed A Season of Laughs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phHB4-4-c44 Legendale: September 7 - October 1, 2017 Andy’s favorite way to escape his miserable job and humdrum life is the online game “Legendale.” He dreams of victory in its new tournament and winning the $100,000 prize, but is stuck competing as a lowly milkmaid. When things in the online world suddenly take a strange turn, Andy and his avatar must both discover their inner warrior. … [Read more...] about The Human Race Announce 2017-2018 Loft Season
Life got you down? Head over to the Dayton Playhouse for a delightful dose of feel-good nostalgia in the form of “Xanadu,” the hilarious 2008 Tony Award-nominated musical comedy continuing its local premiere through Feb. 5. Based on the campy 1980 movie musical of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John and breezily directed by Tina McPhearson, “Xanadu” brings Greek mythology to Los Angeles circa 1980. Beautiful muse Clio attempts to rejuvenate the creative impulses within struggling chalk artist Sonny Malone, whose artistic dream is to open a roller disco. Disguised as an Australian … [Read more...] about ‘Xanadu’ Review – Dayton Playhouse – Fun Frivolity
Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan’s 2002 Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Hairspray” is a glorious hit all over again thanks to the Muse Machine’s truly delightful, impressively cast and genuinely crowd-pleasing production continuing through Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Victoria Theatre. “Hairspray” is the arts education organization’s 33rd annual student musical and features 170 Muse students from across the Miami Valley. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, the show cleverly uses humor and cultural/societal attitudes to examine important and … [Read more...] about ‘Hairspray’ Review – Muse Machine – You Can’t Stop the Joy!