Leave Your Little Princess at Home, “Disenchanted!” is for Grown-Ups!

**** Recommended **** Did you ever wonder what all those fairy tale princesses thought/felt when the handsome prince found/kissed/rescued them from whatever evil was lurking around?  If you’re like me and thought that ‘happily ever after’ was a crock, then “Disenchanted!” is the musical for you.  Brought to you by Broadway in Chicago, “Disenchanted!” features…

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Northlight’s “The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” is Fascinating!

**** Recommended **** Northlight Theatre’s production of “The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” is one of the more interesting plays I’ve seen in a while.  While I’ve seen other plays that put unlikely people together for a conversation, the conversations haven’t been anywhere near as intelligent.  I was…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s “Cinderella” is Fantabulous!

**** Highly Recommended **** I don’t often get the opportunity to review a ballet, so I was delighted to get an invitation to the Joffrey Ballet’s “Cinderella”.  “Cinderella” was originally choreographed in 1948 by Sir Frederick Ashton for the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London to a Prokofiev score written for the Bolshoi Ballet.  “Cinderella” is…

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Nativity Fest Portage Indiana –

     Come out for four nights of homemade food, live music, carnival games, bingo, beer garden, and much more on  is back in July 2023!  Boasting live music every night and Carnival Rides 2023 dates are July 6th – 9th.      Activities a plenty, including but not limited to: BINGO, Air Conditioned casino games, corn…

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Crossroads Chamber & Winfield Chambers To Merge

It was just announced this week that the Winfield/LOFS Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads Chamber of Commerce will complete a merger that would expand Crossroads’ membership to more than 700 members and expanding its reach farther east and south. The Crossroads Board of Directors recently voted to approve the merger with Winfield Chamber of Commerce…

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“The Sign in Sydney Brustein’s Window” is the Goodman’s Tribute to Lorraine Hansberry

*** Somewhat recommended *** The Goodman Theatre’s new production, “The Sign in Sydney Burstein’s Window”, is a gem of a play, but it’s woefully out of date. I don’t think anyone has had a deep philosophical discussion about the meaning of life while drinking themselves blind, since the sixties. Even then, they were rare. I…

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Theatre at the Center’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is Downright Fun!

**** Highly Recommended **** Hurry and get your tickets, Theatre at the Center’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is downright fun!  It’s got a terrific cast wearing gorgeous costumes, fabulous music and amazing choreography.  I think it’s a sign of a good time when everyone leaves the theater smiling – and they did! …

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Fosse’s Choreography makes “Chicago” Special!

**** Highly Recommended **** “Chicago” is one of my absolute favorite musicals.  I think I’d go almost anywhere to see it, so I was delighted that the tour came back to Chicago.  I’m happy to say it did not disappoint – the music was great, the voices are rich, the dancing is ‘Fosse’, and John…

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Valpo Car Show is May 17th Cancelled

   The Valparaiso Car Show and Swap Meet kicks off on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 has been cancelled. It was planned to be back bigger and better than ever before. And, was still free to show your Car! ($5 admission fee for everyone)      Hosted by Region Rides, the show is open from 9…

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“Little Shop of Horrors” is wowing Audiences in Lincoln Park

**** Highly Recommended **** American Blues Theater’s charming production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is wowing audiences in Lincoln Park.  Since, I do sometimes wonder if audience reactions are more enthusiastic on press night, I was kind of glad to attend on an alternate date.  I’m happy to say that audience enthusiasm was real, and…

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