“A Doll’s House, Part 2” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Sometimes, after reading a really good book or seeing a really good play, I wonder what happened to the characters after the story ended. Apparently playwright Lucas Hnath liked to speculate about that same topic. Evidently his curiosity led him into writing “A Doll’s House, Part 2”, a sequel to Ibsen’s classic…

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“The Producers” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Paramount Theatre has a huge hit with “The Producers”, the outrageously funny musical based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 Academy Award winning black and white cult classic film. An outrageous plot, fast-paced dialogue, clever lyrics, slapstick comedy, pratfalls and sight gags, guarantee…

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“All Childish Things” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Like the characters in “All Childish Things” at First Folio, I’m an avid collector of all things “Star Trek”. Although I might pay a lot of money to get something really rare – like the ComicCon Limited Edition of the U.S.S. Enterprise – I don’t think I’d become a thief to get…

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Indiana Dunes is NOW a National Park!

The 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that has 15 miles of beach area along Lake Michigan was re-designated by President Donald Trump as America’s 61st national park – the first national park in Indiana. Previously the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore was one of 418 “national park units.” Now it is part of an elite group of…

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“Elektra” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** To put it quite simply, Lyric’s current production of “Elektra” is electrifying! On opening night there was a pre-curtain announcement made from the stage that Swedish soprano Nina Stemme — making her highly-anticipated Lyric debut in the title role that has earned her widespread acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin, Munich and Vienna…

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“The Woman in Black” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Are you a fan of old-fashioned thrillers? I’m not talking about the stories about monsters that go bump in the night. I’m talking about stories with a slow build-up leading, leading, leading to some kind of a terrifying incident. You know, stories about odd people or eerie happenings, punctuated with sudden…

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“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Porchlight Music Theatre has been enjoying quite a sensational season thus far. Fresh on the heels of their revamped version of the classic “Gypsy” (which was by far this company’s biggest box office success and could easily have run for several more months due to the high demand but limited seating within the…

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Kesling Park Redesigns And Rebuilds Fort La Play Porte

La Porte residents will soon be able to enjoy the redesigned Fort La Play Porte playground at Kesling Park with a successful crowdfunding campaign launched today. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. The campaign is led by LaPorte Parks and Recreation. “Unfortunately, playgrounds…

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“Swamp Baby” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** One of the characters in Aaron Carter’s latest play “Swamp Baby” expressively states that, looking back upon one’s own life, it’s possible to reflect that is was all just a “convulsion of memory.” This is posited by a man who, purported to be a physician yet perhaps without the credentials to prove it, seems…

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“The Realistic Joneses” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Forget about trying to keep up with the Joneses. There is no competitive spirit or rivalry between the two married couples in Will Eno’s quirky yet heartfelt dramatic comedy “The Realistic Joneses.” Originally produced on Broadway in 2014 with an A-list cast, this quietly reflective show is receiving its Chicago premiere in a co-production…

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