The intriguing double life of prominent Republican syndicated columnist Joseph Alsop (1910-1989) provides the thought-provoking basis for David Auburn’s engrossing 2012 drama “The Columnist,” currently receiving an excellent local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild. As he ascended in fame and influence in Washington, D.C. from the 1940s through the late 1960s, Joe hid his sexuality, a fact Auburn frankly details at the outset which depicts the legendary writer awakening from a tryst with a handsome tour guide in a Moscow hotel circa 1954. Afterward Joe is busted by the K.G.B, but his … [Read more...]
On Stage Dayton
An outstanding Annie Pesch inhabits 17 colorful characters in Magnolia Theatre Company’s terrific local premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s humorous and gripping 2008 ghost story “The K of D, An Urban Legend” continuing through Sunday, Oct. 4 inside the black box Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center. One-person shows always demand immense versatility, energy and breadth of scope, particularly when the material requires the actor to embody multiple ages and personalities. Thankfully, Pesch, having already proven her worth in this realm years ago in Dayton Theatre Guild’s “The Belle of … [Read more...]
Frank Loesser had it wrong. There’s wonderful music in the very sound of Gatsby, a name immediately conjuring images of power, prestige, wealth, infatuation, and mystery. As the seductive, titular focal point of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel, widely considered one of the greatest ever written, millionaire Jay Gatsby’s transformative history and romantic obsession is not lost in Wright State University’s current presentation. However, there are moments of detachment that could use a jubilant Jazz Age lift. Breezily adapted by Simon Levy and directed by W. Stuart McDowell, “The … [Read more...]
Godspell is an old favorite, for good reason. It tells the story of Jesus' last days, using gentle parables from The Bible and an easy-going, ultimately touching approach. Dare To Defy's founder, and the director of this production, Becki Norgaard, thinks this helps make the show a great fit for D2D. As she says,“One reason Godspell is ideal for us is that the staging, message and cast size make it ideal for that intimate experience in the Mathile. In addition, the music is so beautiful, complicated and diverse and I humbly assert that Dare to Defy has been fortunate to attract some of the … [Read more...]
In the Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire the governess with the cute kids always seem to grab the most attention. But what about their darker, practically forgotten collaboration about the ill-fated New England couple unable to make the most of their life together? Yes, it’s time to become reacquainted with or introduced to “Carousel,” the heartrendingly beautiful 1945 musical drama enjoyably mounted by the Dayton Playhouse with vocally impressive flourish. Based on Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play “Liliom,” “Carousel” primarily examines romance from the sheer … [Read more...]
Skin is in at the Loft Theatre. But if seeing a bunch of guys in their undies is the only reason you’re tempted to check out the Human Race Theatre Company’s delightful production of composer David Yazbek and librettist Terrence McNally’s outstanding Tony Award-nominated 2000 musical comedy “The Full Monty” you’ll miss out on the compelling facets that propelled it as one of the finest, relevant and heartwarming musicals of the last decade. Set in blue-collar Buffalo and based on the 1997 Academy Award-winning British film of the same name, “The Full Monty,” unlike any contemporary musical, … [Read more...]
The Human Race proudly launches its 2015-2016 Eichelberger Loft Season with the smash hit The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical. With a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, the hilarious and heartwarming story follows six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers who, in need of quick cash and low on prospects, come up with the outrageous idea to put on a strip act after seeing the local women’s wild enthusiasm for touring Chippendales dancers. Short on time and with little talent or physical appeal, … [Read more...]
Dare to Defy Productions beckons the imagination with its stark, minimalist production of composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist James Lapine’s 1987 musical dramedy “Into the Woods,” but the attempt doesn’t coalesce. Presented at the Victoria Theatre under the direction of Mathys Herbert, this “Into the Woods” appears to be pulling in different directions with musical awkwardness and structural unpreparedness resting underneath the surface. Part of the problem lies in the odd conceptual atmospherics (there are no woods in these “Woods”) which confines the action within an ominous, … [Read more...]
Among the garden plots of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers a sword fight or two will happen this weekend. Dayton's all volunteer BeSpoke Theater will be sharing their production of Macbeth for free this weekend. Bring a lawn chair and a few dollars for a cold 5th Street Brewpub beer and enjoy the show nestled into the back Garden Station.
"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.