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Come Back to ‘Hohman, Indiana’ in Marian Theatre Guild’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

Every family has their own holiday traditions. In my family it was “A Christmas Story”, the 1983 movie based on Jean Shepherd’s childhood anecdote, which became my children’s favorite Christmas movie. In fact, “You’ll shoot your eye out” has become a family catchphrase. Over the years it has become one of my favorite plays, although…

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Winter Gardening Tips from Purdue Extension

Those Bulbs and Pull the Blanket Over Your Garden Fewer daylight hours; gray, rainy days and colder temperatures are reminders that winter is just a few quick weeks away. Use any days of sunshine to plant bulbs and put the garden to bed using this tips from Purdue Extension Porter County. Wrap Your Trees: Smooth…

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Gripping Drama in “Private Peaceful”

**** Highly Recommended **** Leaving the Greenhouse Theater after seeing “Private Peaceful”, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I thought it was one of the most powerful performances I’ve seen in a very long time. On the other hand, it left me with feelings of disgust and dismay over man’s inhumanity to man.…

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Lyric Opera’s “Seigfried” – Review by Spotlight on Lake Associate Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Simply stated, Lyric’s “Siegfried” is a smashing success. Conceptually, this is one of the finest and entirely cohesive productions to hit the Lyric stage in many seasons, and one in which all of its creative team, director David Pountney, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Orchestra and all of the performers are at…

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Don’t miss Theater Unspeakable’s Unique Take on “The American Revolution”

**** Recommended **** “The American Revolution” by Theater Unspeakable is one of the most interesting, creative, and innovative shows I’ve ever seen. I saw when it premiered, loved it then, love it now. This tongue-in-cheek history lesson in just 50 minutes will definitely tickle your funny bone. By the way, all the history of “The…

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“It’s Only A Play” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** Terrence McNally’s delightful comedy “It’s Only a Play” may not contain some grand message about loving your fellow man or a deep evaluation to the meaning of life but it sure does have a ton of good and hearty laughs. Written in 1986 and enjoying a slight success Off-Broadway at that time, McNally revised…

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Remy Bumppo’s “Frankenstein” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** What is the function of remorse? Does gender determine intelligence? If you should falter in your quest for scientific innovation will you be haunted by perpetual failure ad infinitum? These — and many more challenging questions – are posed in Remy Bumppo’s current production of “Frankenstein.” In Nick Dear’s crystalline adaptation of Mary…

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A Sexy, Suggestive, Fosse-esque “Pippin” at Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret

**** Recommended **** How do you fit “Pippin” into the intimate (actually tiny) space at Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret? Obviously one would need to find a small group of incredibly talented people and figure out how to fit them – and an audience – into the space. Director Walter Stearns utilizes every inch of space,…

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“Waistwatchers: The Musical” is a Laughing Good Time

*** Recommended *** “Waistwatchers: The Musical” is a falling-off-your-chair-laughing good time, especially for the women in the audience. Ladies, take your BFF, your gal pals, your posse, your book club, even your bachelorette party, together for a girls’ night out at the Royal George Cabaret. After you get your drinks, sit back and. get ready…

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Joffrey’s “Swan Lake” is Exquisite!

**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is exquisite – trés magnifique! When I talk about dance companies, it’s frustrating when someone slots the Joffrey into the modern, cutting edge ballet company, and I have to argue that they are equally good at the classical. I’m proven right when they do a classical…

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