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Sheridan Plaza Opening – Whiting Indiana

On Wednesday, July 13 the city had the official ribbon cutting to introduce Whiting’s newest downtown revitalization project, The Sheridan Plaza.   In celebration of the project’s completion refreshments and live entertainment on the new outdoor stage followed the brief program with Mayor Stahura and the talented designers and contractors who brought the vision to life.…

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Canterbury Summer Theatre’s “First Date” will tickle Your Funny Bone!

**** Recommended **** Canterbury Summer Theatre’s “First Date” is a quirky little show that’ll just reach out and grab you!  Two people meet for a blind date in real time- something that is rarely done on stage.  All of those awkward pauses and verbal slips we’ve all experienced on a blind/first date are here, and…

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Dead Writers Theater Collective’s Elegant Production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

**** Highly Recommended **** When Dead Writers Theater Collective produce a play, even something as over-produced as “The Importance of Being Earnest”, I’ve come to expect that it will be done with incredible attention to detail, that the accents will be perfect, the costumes sumptuous, and the set unique.  This production of “The Importance of…

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“The Book of Mormon” is a Blockbuster of a Musical!

***** Highly Recommended *****  “The Book of Mormon”, which has returned to Chicago for a seven week run, was just as funny the second time around!  Chock full of bawdy, off-color, and offensive (to some) content, “The Book of Mormon” pokes fun at things people hold sacred – like most of the religions of the…

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Marriott’s Dystopian “Man of La Mancha” is Stripped-Down to the Basics

**** Recommended **** Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed Marriott’s stripped-down production of “Man of La Mancha”.  In Director Nick Bowling’s dystopian vision, Marriott’s square stage has been transformed into a holding cell (dungeon) for the Inquisition, which translates to any oppressive regime in the here and now.  The detainees (prisoners) know they’ll never…

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First Fridays on Lake Street

     Every First Friday of the month, the shops and restaurants on Lake Street (Miller Beach) stay open late & offer specials for the evening. It’s a great time to socialize and support your local Miller Beach businesses!      Big happenings on Lake Street Friday night, along with what is listed below, Lake…

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Comfy Windy City Playhouse presents “This”

**** Recommended **** The first time I saw “This” (it was Theater Wit first production back in 2011), I wrote that it was a sophisticated comedy about a group of 30 somethings.  Windy City Playhouse’s production of “This” does have some funny bits, along with all that 30 something angst, so I guess it might…

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Bicentennial Torchbearers for Porter County

More than 50 people who have made a difference in their communities have been selected to be torchbearers when the Indiana bicentennial torch passes through Porter County on Oct. 9. The torch run, which is going through all 92 Indiana counties, is the signature event of Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. “We are pleased to have so…

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Sondheim’s Clever Complicated Lyrics make “Company” Special

**** Highly Recommended **** It was a real pleasure to see the Writers Theatre production of “Company”, which might just be my favorite Sondheim musical.  “Company” is basically a series of vignettes dealing with the angst-ridden lives of five married couples and their single friend, Robert (Thom Miller), whom they all secretly envy – which…

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“The Spongebob Musical” is Colorful, Campy and True to the Cartoon Character, “Spongebob Squarepants”

**** Highly Recommended **** I had a very important guest for the opening of “The Spongebob Musical”, my seven-year old granddaughter, Molly, a huge “Spongebob Squarepants” fan.  I know she’s a fan because she watches the cartoon whenever she’s at my house and knows the theme song by heart.  Before we left, she drew/colored an…

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