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Time for a holiday: 5 reasons to see ‘Cabaret’ this weekend

What good is sitting alone in your room 17 months after a pandemic shuttered opportunities to gather? If there’s ever been a moment to assemble in celebration of live theater, look no further than Dare to Defy Productions’ outstanding “Cabaret,” continuing through Saturday, Oct. 16 in the PNC Arts Annex.

‘The Last Five Years’ Review – Dare to Defy Productions – The Way They Were

 As various re-openings occur throughout the city despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19, Dayton’s 2020-2021 theater season officially launches with Dare to Defy Productions’ vocally superb presentation of The Last Five Years. 

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Theatre Lab cast members

Saluting Dayton’s 2019-20

Theater Season

Let’s be real. Dayton’s 2019-2020 theater season didn’t turn out the way anyone expected. While many of us were busy going about our lives filling late winter weekend plans with the exciting prospect of attending numerous shows around town, who could have foreseen COVID-19?

‘A New Brain’ Review – Dare to Defy Productions – Pain and Glory

In the opening minutes of William Finn and James Lapine’s 1998 musical A New Brain, fledgling composer Gordon Michael Schwinn suddenly realizes something is wrong with his body, specifically his head. His fascinating journey from overwhelming fear to contented recovery provides many quirky, riveting and tender pleasures as terrifically envisioned by Dare to Defy Productions at the PNC Arts Annex.

Theatre Lab cast members