Multiple premieres accent local stages in March.
Here are shows you really should consider seeing this month:
March 8-11, Schuster Center
Playground Theatre supplies local premiere of Leslye Headland’s stinging comedy about old friends behaving badly. Mathile Theatre of Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.
March 9-11, Schuster Center
Dayton Ballet presents this Tchaikovsky classic which will feature original choreography by former Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre. The story has been transplanted from its original 1877 setting to New York’s high society circa 1912. Dayton Philharmonic provides accompaniment. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $21-$72. (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.
A Few Good Men
March 9-18, Dayton Playhouse
Can you handle the truth? Aaron Sorkin’s 1989 legal drama, made famous on screen in 1992 starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, concerns murder among Marines. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $16-$18. (937) 424-8477 or daytonplayhouse.com.
First in Flight
March 10, Wright State University
Wright State senior musical theater student Eli Davis (recently seen as Grandpa in “The Grapes of Wrath”) premieres his original musical chronicling the Wright brothers. The performance, featuring a cast of 18, will be a concert staging. 8 p.m. Recital Hall of WSU Creative Arts Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Fairborn.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
March 15-April 8, Wright State University
Rupert Holmes’ 1986 Tony Award-winning musical comedy whodunit receives its WSU premiere. Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, the show playfully relies on the audience to determine the ending. Festival Playhouse of WSU Creative Arts Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. March 15, 28, 29, and April 5 at 7 p.m.; March 16, 17, 30, 31, April 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.; March 18, 31, April 1, 7 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. Call (937) 775-2500 or visit website.
The Other Place
March 16-April 1, Dayton Theatre Guild
In this local premiere drama by Sharr White, which played Broadway during the 2012-13 season, fact blurs fiction in the life of a successful neurologist whose world is coming apart. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays (with the exception of the March 17 performance at 8 p.m.) and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. Tickets are $13-$20. (937) 278-5993 or www.daytontheatreguild.org.
March 20-25, Schuster Center
Welcome to the Renaissance! Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this hilarious and tuneful show spotlights two brothers/aspiring writers attempting to outdo their rival William Shakespeare by writing the very first musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26-$99. Call (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.
March 22, Centerville High School
The Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi as Duo Baldo. This musical comedy team specializes in a virtuosic style laced with theatrical humor and pop culture. They particularly made their debut with famed tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004. 7:30 p.m. at Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St, Centerville. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students. Call (937) 853-8292 or mvcconcert.org.
March 23-24, University of Dayton
The annual collaboration between DCDC2, the repertory-training ensemble of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the University of Dayton Dance Ensemble. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Boll Theatre, 300 College Park, Dayton. Tickets are $15. Call (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.
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