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Chicago Street Theatre – Valparaiso

     With its impressive 63 seasons in full swing and numerous SOLD-OUT houses this year, Chicago Street Theatre continues a long tradition of pleasing audiences of all ages. This award-winning theatre group, which performs at 154 W. Chicago Street, has select shows that they believe will continue CST’s mission of giving the community quality theatre experiences…

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Buddhist Truths and Magic Tricks make First Folio’s “Fooling Buddha” Fun

**** Recommended **** I’m not quite sure how to describe First Folio’s “Fooling Buddha”.  It’s a one-man show, for sure, but it’s also a memoir filled with Buddhist truisms and a little bit of magic thrown in just for fun.  The important thing – “Fooling Buddha” has a lot of laughs.  I give it 4…

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Hoosier Theater Presents Chaplin’s 1921 “THE KID” Whiting Indiana

The Hoosier theatre salutes Charlie Chaplin’s illustrious character The Tramp when live silent cinema returns for Whiting audiences with the iconic Chaplin’s own 1921 comedy-drama “The Kid,”  accompanied by veteran photoplay organist Jay Warren at the historic Hoosier Theatre on Sunday, April 24th at 2p.m. located at 1335 – 119th Street in Historic Downtown Whiting,…

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Senior Health Fair Portage

       Area agencies, organizations and community groups are invited to participate in the Portage Senior Health Fair on Thursday, May 19th 2022. The Portage Senior Health Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Woodland Park in Portage, located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage, 762-1675, or 764-5736.      Portage Parks is happy…

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I watched the Court Theatre’s Production of “Long Day’s Journey into Night” with Fascinated Horror!

**** Highly Recommended ****  I’d never seen “Long Day’s Journey into Night” until I saw it at the Court the other night.  I think my reaction as I watched the play was fascinated horror.  This family put the ‘dys’ in dysfunctional!  Since “Long Day’s Journey into Night” is rather long, I thought my arthritic knees…

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Spring is the Time For Business Expos!

     There are three very special Northwest Indiana Business Expos coming up that you all should be aware of. Spring comes and goes so fast, here’s an outline of the Northwest Indiana Chambers of Commerce Business Expos in Hobart, Portage and Michigan City that are very close at hand.        The 2020…

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Disappointing “Matilda The Musical” at the Oriental

*** Somewhat Recommended*** I had hoped to take my almost seven-year-old granddaughter to see the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, “Matilda The Musical”, but since it was spring break, she was off skiing in Colorado.  Now, I’m glad she was away.  Honestly, I don’t know what the buzz was all about.  Child abuse…

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Moon Over Buffalo by Marian Theatre Guild Whiting

The Marian Theatre Guild’s spring offering is Ken Ludwig’s fast paced comedy  “Moon Over Buffalo” directed by Jayma Kay Emerson. Last spring Jayma directed  Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor,”  a similar comedy where there’s never  a boring moment with players entering and exiting at a quick pace.  When asked what she thought the similarities were…

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Paramount’s “West Side Story” is Spectacular!

**** Highly Recommended **** Paramount Theatre’s spectacular production of “West Side Story” phis definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen.  Combine Leonard Bernstein’s glorious music and Steven Sondheim’s amazing lyrics, and you have one of the best musicals ever written.  Although it premiered more than fifty years ago, “West Side Story” is continues to…

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Northlight’s “Butler” is a Fascinating Glimpse of History

**** Highly Recommended **** First of all, “Butler” is not about a servant in the White House or anywhere else.  Actually, the “Butler” in the title is Benjamin Franklin Butler, a Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War.  Playwright Richard Strand took a single line in Butler’s bio and turned it into…

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