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The 10 shows you shouldn’t miss in November

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Russell Florence Jr. - Contributing Writer

From new works to classic musicals, here are a few shows to consider adding to your November agenda.

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‘The House’

Nov. 2-19, Loft Theatre

Human Race Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of Brian Parks’ kooky comedy “The House,” the story of two couples fighting over a dream home’s past and future. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. Tickets are $20-$40. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit humanracetheatre.org.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Nov. 2-19, Wright State University

Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein’s classic musical concerns a poor milkman and his family coping with change from within and outside their tiny village of Anatevka. Nov. 2, 8, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. in WSU’s Creative Arts Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. Tickets are $20-$22. Call (937) 775-2500 or visit https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/theatre-dance-and-motion-pictures/box-office.

Radio Plays

Nov. 2-5, Sinclair Community College

Four plays focused on sound from the horror and mystery genre include Agatha Christie’s relatively unknown “Personal Call” and Sinclair student Maxmillian Santucci’s intriguingly creepy “Frog-Eater.” “My play is set in a contemporary Midwestern ‘nowhere town’ where the residents have realized the local frog population has increased to a worrying degree,” Santucci said. Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at Noon and 8 p.m.; Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Sinclair’s Black Box Theatre, Fourth Floor, Building 2, 444 W. Third St., Dayton. Tickets are $8. Call (937) 512-2808 or visit sinclair.edu/tickets.

Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Elton John and More

Nov. 3, Schuster Center

Acclaimed pianist/vocalist Michael Cavanaugh performs the music of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning tunesmith Sir Elton John and other songwriters of John’s era accompanied by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Friday at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $29-$81. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.

‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’

Nov. 3-12, Dayton Playhouse

In Ed Graczyk’s 1976 play, which premiered at Players Theatre in Columbus, an all-female James Dean fan club reflects on the life of the iconic film star at a Texas five-and-dime store. Michael Boyd directs. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $16-$18. Call (937) 424-8477 or visit daytonplayhouse.com.

‘An American in Paris’

Nov. 7-12, Schuster Center

Victoria Theatre Association presents regional premiere of this Gershwin-driven, post-war musical based on the 1951Academy Award-winning film about Jerry Mulligan, an American soldier and aspiring painter, who falls in love with Lise Dassin, a beautiful ballerina. Director Christopher Wheeldon received the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography. His crisp, stunning, glitzy, and sophisticated routines, particularly Act Two’s gorgeous ballet, are worth the price of admission. Gene Kelly would be proud. Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $25-$98. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.

‘Grease’

Nov. 10-12, University of Dayton

Danny, Sandy and the rest of the Rydell High gang are back for another round of 1950s fun and romance. Co-produced by UD’s Department of Music and the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union, 300 College Park, Dayton. Tickets are $8-$12. Call (937) 229-3950 or visit udayton.edu.

Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday Bash

Nov. 17-18, Schuster Center

Heeeeeeere’s Doc! The longtime band leader for Johnny Carson celebrates his 90th birthday with Dayton Philharmonic. Selections cover jazz, pop and big band standards. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $29-$79. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.

‘Tuesdays with Morrie’

Nov. 17-26, Young at Heart Players

Patrick Hayes and Jamie McQuinn star in Young at Heart Players’ production of this humorous and sentimental tale by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom based on Albom’s bestseller. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $12-$15. Call (937) 654-0400 for reservations or purchase at the door (cash or checks only).

‘The Christians’

Nov. 17-Dec. 3, Dayton Theatre Guild

Dayton Theatre Guild presents local premiere of Lucas Hnath’s drama about a pastor’s controversial epiphany. “The Christians” was a 2014 finalist at the Humana Festival and named one of the most-produced plays in 2016 by American Theatre Magazine. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. (with exception of Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.), and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Guild, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $13-$20. Call (937) 278-5993 or visit daytontheatreguild.org.