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“A Moon for the Misbegotten” was Heavy Going

*** Recommended *** I found the Writers Theatre production of “A Moon for the Misbegotten” to be really heavy going. It is very well acted, but there just weren’t any sparks. In addition, many in the audience, who laughed loudly at inappropriate points in the story, had the mistaken belief that this was a comedy.…

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Spring Lawn and Garden Tips!

by Blain’s Farm and Fleet When winter has dragged on, it can be hard to wait to plant your garden. But if you try digging in your garden too early, you may end up doing more damage than good. Luckily, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help with a list of ideas to keep…

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Steppenwolf’s “You Got Older” is Superbly Acted

**** Recommended **** I really enjoyed Steppenwolf’s production of “You Got Older”, Clare Barron’s dark comedy about a young woman whose life is falling apart. Superbly acted by Guinan and Neff, “You Got Older” is funny, bawdy and poignant – and the emotions felt real to me. 3 ½ Spotlights “You Got Older” runs through…

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Valpo Chamber Hosts Memorial Opera House 125th Anniversary

The Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce hosted an 125th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, February 15th. On stage was the backdrop of the Upcoming Production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Several  representatives from the local community, the chamber of commerce and the theatre community were present. As a special treat, there were two performances shown by…

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Portage YMCA Holds Valentines Dance

     Over 100 seniors gathered at the Portage Township YMCA on Wednesday, February 14th for a free lunch provided by the Portage Township YMCA with funding by generous donors.      The “Valentine’s Day” themed afternoon was exclusive to Portage Y seniors age 50 years and older and was held in the gymnasium. Participants were invited…

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Chicago Shakespeare’s “Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a Magical Spellbinder

**** Highly Recommended **** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a magical spellbinder. Although thousands of students will be coming to the Yard to see Director Jess McLeod’s 75-minute adaptation of the play, there are just eight more performances open to the public. My recommendation – call for tickets…

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St. Patrick’s Celebration in Crown Point

Mayor Uran’s Office of Special Events is planning for the biggest event of the year on March 17, 2018. The 11th  annual nighttime St. Patrick’s Day Parade will commence at dusk featuring emergency vehicles, lit entries, Lake County Pipes and Drums, Grand Marshall Mayor David D. F. Uran, the Junior Grand Marshall Event Logo Contest…

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Marriott’s “Ragtime” is Fabulous!

**** Recommended **** Marriott Theatre’s darkly beautiful new production of “Ragtime” is fabulous. It has been said that “Ragtime,” the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel, is a microcosm of American life; in fact, the bigotry, racism and anti-immigration rhetoric expressed by some of the characters could have been torn from today’s news. Although I’ve…

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I found Porchlight’s “Merrily We Roll Along” Heavy Going

*** Recommended *** If you’re a Sondheim devotee, you probably love Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Merrily We Roll Along”. For me, it was just heavy going. The music is glorious, the cast is talented, but the story was boring, confusing and in light of the #MeToo movement, distasteful. It closed after just 16 performances…

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Read my entire review at www.spotlightonlake.com.

**** Recommended **** For me, “Blind Date” was a glimpse into the workings of a White House that I thought was up there with the evil empire! In hindsight, their concerns about Russia were almost quaint – they just had to worry about one hostile nation having nuclear weapons! I didn’t think I’d enjoy this…

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