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Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Oxy, Ohio”

***RECOMMENDED *** S.J. Spencer’s latest drama “Oxy, Ohio” is receiving its world premiere, in a very limited run, presented by the side project. Spencer has set his play in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, which in 2016 was named the site of the most fatal drug overdoses of any region in America. His play, filled…

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“Caroline, or Change” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** For the first production of their sophomore season, Firebrand Theatre has partnered with TimeLine Theatre Company to present the musical “Caroline, or Change.” With music by Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home” and “Violet”) and a book and lyrics by Tony Kushner this through-composed musical spans the final two months of 1963 and is set in…

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Santino Fontana blew Me Away with His Performance in “Tootsie”

**** Recommended **** I laughed so much my cheeks hurt watching “Tootsie”, the Broadway-bound musical based on the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman. While the original was firmly mired in the ‘80s, Robert Horn’s script and David Yazbek’s music and lyrics were a lot more polished than I expected. The show is loaded with zingers,…

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Don’t miss Theatre at the Center’s Romantic “Ghost”

**** Highly Recommended **** “Ghost: The Musical” (based on the 1990 move) is an intimate love story – which just happens to have some supernatural elements. It’s not a ‘big’ story, so it doesn’t need a ‘cast of thousands’ in glitzy costumes on a huge stage. Director Linda Fortunato wisely left the story to stand…

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Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Little Shop of Horrors”

Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Little Shop of Horrors” … ***RECOMMENDED*** “Little Shop of Horrors” is one of those musicals that seems to be almost foolproof. With a zany book and razor-sharp lyrics by Howard Ashman and wonderful music by Alan Menken how could any production fail? This extremely talented duo is pretty much single-handedly…

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Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Sweet Charity” …

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** One of the reasons that the musical “Sweet Charity” is rarely performed anymore may have to do with the fact that it is a marathon of a role for any female to attempt. Not only must an actress be able to sing and have great comic acting abilities but, most importantly, she must…

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“Avenue Q” is Just as Much Fun the Second Time Around!

**** Highly Recommended **** I loved the Mercury Theater’s 2014 production of “Avenue Q” so I was delighted to learn they were bringing it back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the opening, so I thought I’d missed it for the year. Luckily for me, the run has been extended through November 4th, so I got to…

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The Towle’s “Cockeyed” was a Charming Rom-Com

**** Recommended **** Towle Theater’s production of “Cockeyed” was a charming rom-com (romantic comedy) about unrequited love, philosophy majors, and the guy in the office nobody ever notices. By the way, that guy, Phil (Khyel Sherman Roberson), is so darn cute you’ll want to take him home! Kudos to Co-Directors, Jeff Casey and Suzanne Nyhan,…

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Duneland Ski Club is Looking for Skiers & Snowboarders

The Duneland Ski Club of Northwest Indiana is now open for membership for 2018-2019.  A membership drive will be held at the Slide Shop at the Pines Ski Area, 674 N. Meridian (south of U.S. 6), Valparaiso.  The Slide Shop will be open for business and Duneland members will be on hand to talk to…

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Simply Amazing Market Opened it’s Doors at Meijer Valparaiso

The Simply Amazing Market, a division of Opportunity Enterprises, is proud to announce the grand opening of an additional store location inside the Valparaiso Meijer. The store opened its doors on Monday, September 24, 2018 with a celebratory ribbon cutting being held in conjunction with the Valparaiso Chamber on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:30…

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