Saturday December 16 1:54 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Non-Equity & Community Theater Reviews

The Drama Group's Production of "The Philadelphia Story" is an Old-Fashioned Romance

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On the whole, I enjoyed the Drama Group’s competent production of “The Philadelphia Story”, a Broadway hit in 1939. Although the story is set in the 30’s, it is still relevant – and the period costumes are to die for! Although the movie took place in the summer, this wedding will be at Christmas. If you like old-fashioned romance, you’ll love “The Philadelphia Story”.

Step Up's "HoliDaze" Vignettes will put You in the Holiday Spirit

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I really enjoyed Step Up Productions’ “HoliDaze”, a series of holiday-themed shorts – vignettes or sketches. Relationships, family and friends are all fair game. Funny, poignant and/or sweet, these stories will put you firmly in the holiday mood. I give “HoliDaze” 3 ½ Spotlights.

“It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome” is a Keeper!

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As holiday shows come… and go … Stage 773’s “It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome” is a keeper! Be prepared for a treat, starting with home-made cookies and marshmallow snowmen as you walk in the door. A funny, energetic and family-friendly review – original songs, dances, skits, puppets and ugly Christmas/Hanukkah sweaters – with bits of every holiday song/show/story ever written was so much fun, I give it 4 Spotlights.

Marian Theatre Guild's "Shrek the Musical" is Charming and Irreverent

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Take your kids, your grandkids, in fact, if you don’t have any kids, borrow some! Marian Theatre Guild’s “Shrek the Musical” is a tongue-in-cheek, irreverent, slightly twisted, very Green take on all the fairy tales you heard as a child. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s colorful and a must-see!

Silk Road Rising's "100 Flowers Project" is a Multi-Media Experience

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The new play at Silk Road Rising, “100 Flowers Project”, is a difficult play to review. There are lots of adjectives/adverbs I could use – interesting, intense, strange, gripping, avant garde, mind-boggling – but none of them really describe the experience. I can guarantee that everyone who sees “100 Flowers Project” will leave trying to figure it out – just like my friend and I did, and I give it 3 Spotlights.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" is a Sweet, Old-Fashioned Story about a Cuddly Bunny

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Since “The Velveteen Rabbit” was my son Doug’s favorite story, I read it aloud about a gazillion times. Needless to say, I had high expectations for the play. I’m happy to say that the Lifeline KidSeries production is a sweet, old-fashioned story about a cuddly stuffed bunny. It totally exceeded my expectations. I give it 4 Spotlights.

Towle Theater Youth Ensemble's "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" by Nancy Konopasek

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"Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" is now playing at the Towle Theater in Hammond, Indiana. Based on the novel of the same name by John R. Powers the show was expertly directed by Jeff Casey. "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" is the nostalgic, funny, touching story of children growing up while attending Catholic school.

"Chemical Imbalance: a Jekyll and Hyde Play" will Leave You Laughing!

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I’ve always thought that your average classic horror stories take themselves way too seriously. If you’re like me and like your spooky stories with a lighter touch, then the Beatniks production of “Chemical Imbalance: a Jekyll and Hyde Play” is the show for you. This laugh out loud comedy is a Halloween must-see. I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.