Y’know…everyone’s all concerned about the apparently impending Zombie apocalypse. I think the Robot apocalypse is much scarier and more realistic. Case in point? The gremlins inside The Interwebz decided to take the round-up I wrote last week for you all, and hold it hostage until such time as I had successfully appeased the Computer Lords. Having now done something I’m not proud of including motherboards and mice, I can present my edited and updated round up! Wicked Witches, Band Geeks, Merry Murderesses and more! The coming weeks bring us all manner of entertainment!
Wicked The Schuster Center The Skinny: Ever wonder what happened before Dorothy and her little dog came to Oz? How did Elphaba become so very wicked? How did Galinda become Glinda, and get so good? Look no further. Wicked has returned to town and I am assured that tickets are still available, so do not despair! Dates: Elphie et alia will be performing at the Schuster Center through June 24th. Tickets: For all information, please visit the Victoria Theatre Association website at www.victoriatheatre.com
Opening This Week!
The Human Race Theatre Company The Skinny: Like a live-action episode of Glee, only for the Marching Band crowd. The Cuyahoga Marching Beavers are 75 trombones short of a Music Man, and there’s only one cornet left, but while the band may be close to extinction, its spirit isn’t. This show will bring laughs to anyone who was ever in a marching band. Or new someone in a marching band. Or once saw a marching band. Dates: Opens Thursday, May 31st and runs through June 17th. Does your dad love half-time shows? Get him tickets for Fathers Day! Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Human Race Theatre Company website at www.humanracetheatre.org Reviews: DMM/On Stage Dayton
The Story of My Life
The Dayton Theatre Guild The Skinny: Musicals are not frequently found at the Guild, but this 2-person “boutique” musical is an exception. It’s the story of a life-long friendship, told mostly in song as Thomas struggles to write a eulogy for his friend Alvin. Dates: Running through Sunday, June 17th (another great Father’s Day idea! Live theatre makes the best gift!) Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Dayton Theatre Guild website at www.daytontheatreguild.or Review: DMM/On Stage Dayton
ExtrABBAganza! – The music of ABBA, live in Concert!
Beavercreek Community Theatre The Skinny: Set in 1920s Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless hubby to take the rap, until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. Dates: Opening June 15th, running 2 weekends and closing on June 24th. Tickets: Ticketing and other information can be found online at www.bctheatre.org
Playhouse South The Skinnies: Bare and Stop Kiss are two separate pieces being performed on alternating nights. Both are love stories. Stop Kiss is a little more traditional; Two people meet, fall in love and overcome obstacles to be together. These two people just happen to be women. In the case of Bare, which performed an excerpt at Dayton’s Pride celebration downtown, the story is of two roommates at a Catholic school, their love and how it shapes the lives around them. The Dates: Stop Kiss performs June 14th, 16th and 22nd. Bare bows June 15th, 21st and 23rd. All shows are at 8pm. Tickets: Ticketing information can be found online at www.playhousesouth.org
When last I touched base about Dayton’s annual playwright’s competition, we were still one play shy of six finalists, due to a last-minute line-up change. That’s all been settled and now the plays in contention are: A Political Woman; Provenance; Nureyev’s Eyes; Curve; Excavation and This Rough Magic. Weekend pass tickets are currently on-sale. As a side note to those who have been FutureFest regulars in the past few years (weekend warriors, as I like to think of them), the Playhouse has a wonderful new air conditioner that I can tell you works beautifully! As of this time, the official auditions have ended and most of the shows are beginning to announce their casts. Further information, including cast breakdowns; show slots; directors and other notices, as well as ticketing information, is available at the FutureFest portion of the Dayton Playhouse website, www.daytonplayhouse.com That’s about all for now. I’ll be back with you in a couple weeks with updates about Future Fest, Free Shakespeare and the other goodies that get us through our long, hot summer!