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The Joffrey Ballet’s Chicago-centric Production of “The Nutcracker” is Magnificent

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Chicago-centric” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is quite simply magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! The Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The…

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Spotlight on Lake association Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Cendrillon”

***RECOMMENDED*** Just in time for the holidays, Lyric Opera of Chicago has given all of the arts lovers in the area an incredible gift — their charming new production (which is a Lyric premiere) of “Cendrillon.” Beautifully directed by Laurent Perry (who also designed the fantastic costumes) and conducted by the esteemed Sir Andrew Davis,…

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A Charming Production of “Plaid Tidings”​ at the Towle

**** Recommended **** After fifteen years of “Fabulous Fifties Christmas”, the brain trust at Hammond’s Towle Theater, Jeff Casey and Kevin Bellamy, decided it was time for a change, but not a huge one. It’s still the ‘50s, but they’ve gone Plaid! The cosmic VIP has given the Plaids another chance for a concert, this…

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Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is a Holiday Tradition

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s 41st annual production of “A Christmas Carol”, which remains essentially the same from year to year, is a holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations. The Goodman lobby is festive with decorations and a sparkling holiday shopping area. Now in its 41st year, “A Christmas Carol” is once…

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“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a New Holiday Treat for Your Family

**** Highly Recommended **** If you’re looking for a special holiday outing for your family, Lookingglass Theatre’s production of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” would be a really special treat. Featuring five uber-talented artists, amazing puppets, fantastical costumes and more, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is completely charming. Mary Zimmerman’s interpretation of the Hans Christian Anderson story…

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Kevin Firme Solo Opening Reception – Dec 8th

 Viewers can celebrate their beautiful imperfections with artist Kevin Firme from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in the Miller Beach section of Gary. That’s when the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District will host an Artist’s Reception for Firme, who currently has 38 drawings and…

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One of My Favorite Holiday Shows, “Q Brothers Christmas” returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

***** Highly Recommended ***** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s newest venue, The Yard, is rocking with the return of” “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”. Please note: this is not “A Christmas Carol” as Dickens wrote it. The Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax and Pos) have yanked Ebenezer Scrooge and the gang into the 21st century! I’ve seen…

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Theatre at the Center’s “Miracle on 34th Street” is Enchanting

My apologies to Theatre at the Center. I meant to get this review up sooner, but I’ve had some personal problems which prevented it. I’m soooo sorry for the delay! **** Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” is a charming musical adaptation of the 1947 movie. This is your…

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Hall out the Holly, but Don’t Eat it

Holiday plants and greenery are cherished traditions. But under that pretty, green demeanor may be some toxins that are harmful to certain members of your family, including dogs and cats. Purdue Extension Porter County wants you and your family to be aware of some of the issues surrounding these holiday decorations.  Holly  All parts of…

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Northlight Theatre’s Production of “Mansfield Park” was a Disappointment!

*** Recommended *** As we were driving to Skokie to see the Northlight Theatre production of “Mansfield Park”, I told my friend Helen all about my love for all things Jane Austen. Obviously, I was looking forward to seeing another adaptation of an insightful and humorous Austen book. I wish I could say I loved…

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