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The Goodman’s “Wonderful Town” is Ready for Broadway!

***** Highly Recommended *****  Goodman Theatre’s whimsical revival, “Wonderful Town”, could move to Broadway tomorrow and be a hit, it’s that good!  Although it doesn’t have any huge popular hits, the songs in “Wonderful Town” are light, lyrical and fun.  Conductor Ben Johnson and the Goodman’s 17-piece orchestra bring Leonard Bernstein’s score to life!  “Wonderful…

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Spend a Nostalgic Evening with “Cheers Live On Stage” at Broadway Playhouse

**** Recommended **** Have you ever imagined yourself going into the bar “Where everybody knows your name?”  Do you know all the words to the iconic theme song?  Guess what?  You can spend a nostalgic evening with Sam, Diane, Coach and Carla at the Broadway Playhouse, right here in Chicago.  “Cheers Live On Stage” isn’t…

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“Life Sucks” is a Very Funny Homage to Chekov

**** Highly Recommended **** “Life Sucks”. At least that’s what the characters in Aaron Posner’s brilliant new play think. We know this because they tell us so before the play ever begins. In fact, they continue to stop and talk directly to the audience – sometimes even asking for audience participation – right up to the conclusion. The Lookingglass cast…

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Night of the Living Dead – Valpo

Chicago Street Theatre is performing “Night of the Living Dead”  from October 14th – October 29th.  In the plot there is Fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by…

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Pumpkin Palooza – Chesterton Indiana

     Join the Chamber for the continuation of the European Market, Northwest Indiana’s premier outdoor artisan and farmers’ market every Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Third Street and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton. The Chamber will also be hosting its Annual Pumpkin Palooza event during the last Saturday of the European…

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Theatre at the Center’s “Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a Toe-Tappin’ Good Time

**** Recommended **** I’m not a fan of country music, but “Pump Boys and Dinettes”, a toe-tappin’, feel-good little musical, has always been one of my favorite musicals.  Since it closed in the late ‘80s, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” has rarely been seen on Chicago stages (Theo Ubique in 2011, Drury Lane in 2009), and…

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Fox Art & Music Festival – Lake Station Indiana

Saturday, September 24th, from 10 – 6 pm, come enjoy a day of live music, great art, unique products and vendors, and family friendly activities, all from local artists, musician’s, and small businesses. It’s an opportunity to experience the Arts and to support the Artists who create it! Fun, and cool experiences every hour. Please…

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Elvis FANtasy Fest – Portage Indiana

The Elvis FANtasy Fest returns to Portage at the Woodland Park Community Building, 2100 Willowcreek Road, on October 11th – 13th, 2024 for the 28th year.  The event is an all-volunteer fundraiser for the Porter County Special Olympics.  The weekend event celebrates the music legacy of Elvis Presley along with remembering his humanitarian ways by…

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Vibrant Salsa Rhythms in Porchlight’s “In the Heights”

**** Recommended   Porchlight Music Theatre has a habit of doing oversized musicals on a seriously undersized stage.  They usually pull it off quite well, but with their new production, “In the Heights”, space became a factor.  They just didn’t seem to have enough space for all of the choreography.  On the other hand, the…

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Writers Theatre brings Social Media to Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”

«**** Recommended If you reduce it to the basics, William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” has many modern parallels so the play is easily modernized.  Writers Theatre’s adaptation adds a unique twist, social media and all of its implications in the Roman forum.  Caesar’s red robe is the only color in this tense black and gray Rome.…

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