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Village People to Appear at Pierogi Festival

Whiting’s Pierogi Fest, dubbed “one of the wackiest festivals on the planet” by tripadvisor.com, will take on a new dimension this year.  The events sponsors announced today that Village People, the iconic “Kings of Disco” will perform at the event. VILLAGE PEOPLE have sold more than 100 million records and are known for their mega…

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Black Ensemble Theatre’s “Don’t Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)” is Music, Music and More Music!

**** Recommended **** Black Ensemble Theater, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary Season, brings back “Don’t Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)”.  Those of us lucky enough to be in the audience for the opening performance got a special treat, Ms. Warwick was also in the audience.  Great music, uber-talented cast, gorgeous costumes,…

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“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” is a must-see for Star Wars Fans

**** Recommended **** “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” has returned to Chicago for a short, short run at Broadway Playhouse.  If you’re a Star Wars fan, this show is a must-see!  Bring your kids and/or your grandkids, it’s family-friendly.  It made me laugh, so I give “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” 3 ½ Spotlights. “One-Man Star Wars…

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Othello: The Remix” is Fresh, Fun and Original!

**** Highly Recommended **** Although you might think Chicago Shakespeare Theatre would be stuffy and traditional in its approach to the Bard, you’d be wrong.  Definitive proof – the Q Brothers’ brilliantly-written “Othello: The Remix” is back!  “Othello: The Remix” is musical, creative, energetic, poetic and oh so much fun!  You don’t need to understand…

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Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Dreamgirls” is Terrific!

**** Highly Recommended **** Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls” is just about perfect.  Collectively, these voices are a gorgeous blend; individually, each performer has incredible range.  If you’re a Motown fan, you’ll love, love, love this show!  I give “Dreamgirls” 4 Spotlights. “Dreamgirls” runs through May 22nd at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.,…

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The Goodman’s “Carlyle” is a Wickedly Funny Satire

**** Recommended **** “Carlyle” is an intelligent, engaging and timely comedy about a charming young man who happens to be black and – oh, horrors! – a Republican.  Going in, I wasn’t sure whether “Carlyle” was going to be a tongue-in-cheek poke at the far right or a conservative paean.  It turned out to be…

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Larger-than-life Characters in Chicago Street Theatre’s “Orson’s Shadow”

Chicago Street Theatre has a reputation for choosing interesting and unusual plays.  Their newest production, “Orson’s Challenge”, a play I’d never seen, intrigued me.  Since it’s about Orson Welles and Lawrence Olivier, it could have been fascinating.  Watching larger-than-life characters trading insults can be so much fun!  Instead of fun, the audience got performances that…

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Spring Into The Arts Valparaiso

This is the kick-off event for “Spring into the Arts”, a month long creative festival developed by VCS art educators celebrating and highlighting the Arts in downtown Valparaiso landmark venues. Beginning at the Urschel Pavillion  on April 30th, @rt-chitecture walk will showcase VCS K-12 artwork at 6 landmark locations downtown. The artwork of Valparaiso University …

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“Hersey Felder as Irving Berlin” is Back at the Royal George!

**** Highly Recommended **** The weather has been so awful – gray and snowy, just like November – that it was totally fun to have a little bit of Christmas in April.  The Royal George was decorated with garlands, lights and red poinsettias all around, not to mention the giant Christmas tree on stage.  The…

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** Somewhat Recommended ** Victory Gardens new play, “Hillary and Clinton” exists in an alternate universe, which might be where it belongs.  I’m reminded of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode in which parallel universes collide, only in that show the situation was a lot more interesting.  I was so bored by the meaningless…

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