Saturday December 16 1:54 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Non-Equity & Community Theater Reviews

Nothing better than Family "Squabbles"


*** Recommended ***I needed some laughs, and Hammond Community Theatre delivered with their hilarious summer comedy, “Squabbles”. We all know that timing is everything in comedy and I’m here to say that this cast had the timing down pat. “Squabbles” is a must-see in my book, I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.

"We Gotta Bingo" has Comedy, Music, Bingo and Good Food - What's not to like?


**** Recommended **** If you’re looking for an evening of fun, then “We Gotta Bingo” is the show for you! I can’t remember when I laughed so much. In fact, I started laughing about a minute after I sat down, and didn’t stop. Interactive comedy with music, bingo and food – how can you miss? I give “We Gotta Bingo” 3 ½ Spotlights.

Gertrude Stein's Own Words become Lyrics in "Loving Repeating"


*** Recommended *** Kokandy Productions new musical, “Loving Repeating”, is one of those shows you either like or you don’t, no middle ground. My friend Crista liked it, I didn’t. It was just not my cup of tea. It did make for an interesting discussion on the way home, which is the point, after all. I give “Loving Repeating” 3 Spotlights.

Family-Friendly Musical "The Burnt Part Boys" features Haunting Bluegrass Music


**** Highly Recommended **** Hammond’s Towle Theater is becoming known for finding new, interesting plays to stage. Their new production, “The Burnt Part Boys”, fits well into that niche. It’s new, it’s interesting and a family-friendly musical. All in all, I’d say “The Burnt Part Boys” is a must-see, and I give it 4 Spotlights.

Jukebox Musical "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" at Canterbury Summer Theatre


“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”, the second show in the Canterbury Summer Theatre schedule, is a jukebox musical featuring Neil Sedaka’s music. Set in a resort in the Catskills, it has a rather thin plot. In fact, it resembles a hit movie (hint: it started Patrick Swayze) that was also set at a resort in the Catskills. The audience loved it, I recommend it, you’ll have fun.

"Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t", a Quirky Coming of Age Comedy

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**** Recommended **** I had no idea what to expect, what with the rather quirky title, but About Face Theatre’s well-written, well-acted production of “Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t” turned out to be a campy, coming-of-age comedy. “Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t” made me laugh out loud! I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.

Heroes vs Villains in Lifeline's "Soon I Will Be Invincible"


**** Recommended **** I love Lifeline Theatre because their plays are always brilliantly staged original adaptations of interesting books including some of my all-time favorites - “Neverwhere”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Busman’s Honeymoon”, “Jane Eyre” and “Monstrous Regiment” among others. This year, Christopher Walsh’s musical adaptation of Austin Grossman’s “Soon I Will Be Invincible” brings superheroes to the Lifeline stage, a summer treat not to be missed. Get your tickets now; I give “Monstrous Regiment” 4 Spotlights.

"Don't Go Gentle" is Superbly Well-Acted


**** Recommended **** I think Haven Theatre’s production of “Don’t Go Gentle” could be the season’s sleeper hit! Beginning with acerbic humor, the gripping story just draws you in. You think you know what's happening but then - it goes in a totally unexpected direction. "Don't Go Gentle" is superbly well acted. I found it very moving, so I give it 4 Spotlights.