Get in the Christmas Spirit with “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago”

**** Highly Recommended **** If you’re looking for a holiday-themed play for your family, one of the best choices anywhere would be American Blues Theater’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”  The ‘live radio’ audience (you and your family) gets a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch a talented…

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LaPorte Candlelight Tour Returns in 2019

     People Engaged in Preservation, La Porte’s nonprofit historic preservation group, invites you to attend its enchanting 2019 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes, Saturday, December 7th from 4-8 pm, and Sunday, December 8th from 1-5 pm.  The tour includes 5 private homes, indicated as follows:  Larry and Peggy Smith, 2704 South 150 West;…

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Shake it Up Musical Show

Shake Up Christmas is a creative, family friendly presentation of the Christmas story. Live music, dance, media, amazing costumes, animals, crowd interaction, and a powerful message make this show an experience you won’t forget. Bring your family and friends and join the magic as we take a journey into a whimsical world and travel through…

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“A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman – A Holiday Tradition

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” remains essentially the same from year to year, which their audiences seem to love.  The Goodman lobby positively sparkles with festive decorations and an expanded holiday shopping area.  Everywhere I looked, I saw families.  Now in its 38th year, “A Christmas Carol”…

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Don’t Waste Your Money on “Sherlock Holmes” at the Oriental

*  Not Recommended *  As I watched “Sherlock Holmes” the other night, I caught myself zoning out, thinking about anything but the play I was watching, and wishing I was somewhere else.  I love a good mystery, but “Sherlock Holmes” didn’t cut it.  Even the star power wasn’t enough to save it.  “Sherlock Holmes” is…

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White Ripple Hosts Holiday Market, Dec. 12th

Come out for a festive affair during White Ripple’s Second Saturday and Handmade Holiday Market event on Saturday, December 12th. You can get your picture taken with Santa or his gold old friend, the Grinch! Mingle, Shop and enjoy the festive spirit Hessville style. There will be a Handmade Holiday Market, Open Mic, Live Music…

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Charming Production of “A Christmas Story” at Theatre at the Center

**** Recommended **** Every family has their own holiday traditions.  In my family it was “A Christmas Story”.  For some reason, that was my children’s favorite Christmas movie.  More recently, it’s become one of my favorite plays.  Ralphie, Randy, Flick and the gang are back, in Theatre at the Center’s charming production.  No matter how…

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Get Your Holiday Spirit with “White Christmas” at Drury Lane

**** Highly Recommended **** Get yourself in the holiday mood with Drury Lane’s classy “White Christmas.  I guarantee you’ll get that whole nostalgia thing going when the fabulous cast sings the title song.  You’ll be humming along to Irving Berlin’s wonderful melodies.  I give “White Christmas” 4 BIG Spotlights. In case you’ve been living under…

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Eccentrics delight in “You Can’t Take It With You”

**** Highly Recommended **** I might be the only reviewer in the greater Chicago area who’d never seen “You Can’t Take It With You”, so seeing Northlight Theatre’s production was pure fun for me.  What a bunch of delightfully quirky screwball characters!  I give “You Can’t Take It With You” 4 Spotlights. Considering that “You…

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Chicago Street Theatre Season 61

For Season 61 the not-for-profit volunteer theatre has selected an eclectic mix of musicals, comedies, dramas, family presentations, new works and cutting edge shows that have gained them an impressive reputation throughout the region. This year the award-winning company will be taking on two new musicals with one being one of two holiday offerings. Chicago Street…

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