A beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic and an evening of dance featuring two world premieres are among the noteworthy options on local stages in February.
Feb. 1-2, Schuster Center
The dark and tuneful blockbuster that has wowed audiences around the globe returns to Dayton featuring sizzling numbers such as "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and "Hot Honey Rag." Bob Fosse's dynamically specific choreography (recreated by Ann Reinking) is particularly worth the price of admission. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. $26-$94. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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Amahl and the Night Visitors
Feb. 1-3, Epiphany Lutheran Church
Epiphany celebrates its 60th anniversary with a special presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti's classic American one-act opera about a poor, disabled shepherd boy and his mother unexpectedly visited by the three Wise Men who are following the star that will lead them to the Christ Child. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. $5-$10. Call (937) 433-1449 ext. 105 or visit epiphanydayton.org.
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Mother Courage and Her Children
Feb. 7-17, Wright State University
W. Stuart McDowell, artistic director of WSU's Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, stages Bertolt Brecht's landmark anti-war drama, praised by scholars and critics as one of the most influential dramas of the 20th century. Feb. 7, 13, 14 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 10, 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. in the Festival Playhouse of WSU's Creative Arts Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. $15-$25. Call (937) 775-2500 or visit wright.edu/theatre-tickets.
Feb. 8-16, Sinclair Community College
The local premiere of Lauren Gunderson's drama, which has drawn comparisons to the Academy Award-nominated film "Hidden Figures," spotlights women pioneers of astronomy. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Thursday in Sinclair's Black Box Theatre, Building 2, 444 W. Third St. $10. Visit sinclair.edu/tickets.
Feb. 8-17, Xenia Area Community Theater
Noel Coward's classic comedy, which continues to be banned in certain parts of the country due to its look at spiritualism, concerns novelist Charles Condomine, humorously haunted by the ghost of his first wife Elvira following a seance overseen by the eccentric Madame Arcati. Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at XACT, 45 E. Second St., Xenia. $14-$17. Call (937) 372-0516 or visit xeniaact.org
The King and I
Feb. 12-17, Schuster Center
Hello, young lovers. Savor the humor, drama, beauty, and romance within this timeless, exotic musical centered on worlds colliding in 1860s Bangkok. Songs include "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance." 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. $26-$99. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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Feb. 14-17, Victoria Theatre
Dayton Ballet's repertory program of four distinct ballets features world premieres by Mariana Oliveira, choreographer and artistic director of the Union Project Dance Company, and Case Bodamer, who spent 10 memorable years with Dayton Ballet and currently performs with Boulder Ballet. $15-$81. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
Feb. 21-24, PNC Arts Annex
Forward-thinking, outside-the-box Playground Theatre returns with a local premiere by Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette") about millennials contemplating whether or not their work will lead to success — or just more work. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 pm. Sunday at PNC Arts Annex, Second and Ludlow Streets, Dayton. $15-$20. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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Feb. 22-March 3, Wright State University
Wright State offers the local premiere of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's contemporary pop musical about a city planner who falls in love and then questions: what if? Feb. 22, 23, March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., Feb. 24, March 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Herbst Theatre of WSU's Creative Arts Center, 3640 Col. Glen Hwy., Fairborn. $5-$15. Call (937) 775-2500 or visit wright.edu/theatre-tickets.
Around the World in 80 Days
Feb. 28-March 17, Loft Theatre
The Human Race Theatre Company presents Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel. Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant embark on an incredible adventure featuring fierce natives, runaway trains and a damsel in distress. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. $14-$52. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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