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Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Ghosts of War”

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Griffin Theatre Company’s “Ghosts of War” is based on Ryan Smithson’s novel, or rather memoir, of the same name which has been adapted for the stage by Griffin’s Artistic Director William Massolia. The show, which features Sam Krey as Ryan Smithson, has been on tour since last autumn and now receives its Chicago…

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Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Letters Home”

***RECOMMENDED*** Griffin Theatre Company’s “Letters Home” is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a remounted production at The Den Theatre. William Massolia, who is the Griffin’s Artistic Director, has essentially assembled actual letters that U.S. service men and women have written while they were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Massolia adapted for the stage and directed…

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One of My Favorite Musicals, “The Spitfire Grill” presented at the Windy City Café

**** Recommended **** “The Spitfire Grill” is one of my favorite musicals because of its unique folk/bluegrass score. When I heard that it was going to be staged in a real café, I knew had to be there! Kudos to Refuge Theatre Project, a newish company, for doing interesting work in both traditional and non-traditional…

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“L’Imitation of Life” is a Sparkly, Slightly Bawdy Romp

**** Recommended **** Hell in a Handbag is one of my favorite companies because I know I’m in for a lot of laughs watching their parodies of old movies and TV shows starring ‘tough’ women. “L’Imitation of Life” is a parody of the 1959 film, “Imitation of Life”, starring Lana Turner as a woman determined…

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Have You Heard of Albino Birds?

By Carolyn A. Marsh      There is always something to observe in wildlife, particularly with birds, which is very soothing and captivating. There was the partially leucistic American Robin that nested in different trees in North Hammond many years ago. Then the rare leucistic Blue Jay was showing at Jeanie Kristec’s Whiting yard feeders in…

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13 Northwest Indiana Restaurants That Serve Prime Rib

     Our Comprehensive Overview of fine Northwest Indiana steakhouses and Steak Restaurants presents the top spots to get sizzling sirloin and fiery fillets – rare, medium, or well — to enhance your eating out experience. It’s very common today, to go to a restaurant and you can’t order Prime Rib. This can be very frustrating…

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Friendship Botanic Gardens Draws Thousands

Surprised by massive crowds on Easter Sunday 2018, Friendship Botanic Gardens was ready with 10,000 Easter Eggs! Held on Easter Sunday, 2018, it just happened to be the ONLY Public Easter Egg Hunt in Northwest Indiana. Friendship Botanic Gardens hosted a free Easter egg hunt in which families from across the region hunted for over…

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Gibson Woods Has Lots of Environmental Fun!

Tucked away in the heart of the industrial region of northwest Indiana is an island of nature with some very unusual features. This 131-acre parcel of virtually “undisturbed” land is known as Gibson Woods Nature Preserve . . . a Lake County Park. Gibson Woods is one of the last sizeable remnant of high quality…

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Spotlight Associate Nancy Henke-Konopasek reviews “Annie” …

Footlight Theatre’s production of Annie, directed by Robert W. Komendera, was simply delightful from the orphanage to the mansion…from start to finish! Maddi Reese Ames, in the title role, was one of the best Annies I have seen in this role (including Chicago productions). Amy Crane, as Miss Hannigan, gave a hilarious performance with her…

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Silk Road Rising’s “Through the Elevated Line” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Thanks so much to the folks at Silk Road Rising for allowing me – and Spotlight on Lake associate, Jeffrey Leibham – to attend one of the final performances of Novid Parsi’s play, “Through the Elevated Line”. I really enjoyed the performance, which was well-staged and very well acted, but the characters…

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