Saturday December 16 1:54 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Non-Equity & Community Theater Reviews

LCTG's "Foxfire" Review by Nancy Konopasek

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Foxfire takes you on a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountain home of the Nations family. The culture and traditions of the Appalachian area are explored. The award-winning 1982 Broadway production starred Jessica Tandy, who played Annie Nations. In this production, Annie Nations, eloquently played by Jacqueline Verdeyen, reminded me very much of Jessica Tandy. Michael Johnson did a great job of playing her husband, Hector Nations. Their home, Stony Lonesome, is threatened by a unscrupulous real estate developer, Prince Carpenter, played by Steve Becker. Annie faces some decisions regarding selling her home and her concerns for her son Dillard Nations, played by Matt Stinnett, who is trying to make it big in the country music business.

“Stiles and Drew’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears” enchants the Smaller Set

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Emerald City’s production of “Stiles and Drew’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is a charming new musical interpretation of a favorite childhood story. My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, was spellbound ! In fact, she recommends “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, giving it 4 Spotlights.

"The Rabbit Hole" is both Intense and Insightful

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Chicago Street Theatre is one of the oldest community theater groups in northwest Indiana, as well as one of the best. They consistently choosing interesting, occasionally edgy plays about the human drama. Whenever I see a play at Chicago Street Theatre, I know I’m going to see something worth my time. Their new production, “The Rabbit Hole”, an insightful drama about grief and grieving, is an emotional roller coaster. The talented cast should be proud of their nuanced performances. I give “The Rabbit Hole” 4 Spotlights.

The Small Set will love "Lyle Finds His Mother"

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My granddaughter Molly is my review assistant when it comes to children’s theater. She was totally enchanted with Lifeline Theatre’s production of “Lyle Finds His Mother”. If you have an adopted child in the family, this would be useful in explaining the concept of real vs biological parents. When I asked Molly what she liked best, she gave me one of those ‘grown-ups are so limited’ looks and told me “All of it!” with a sigh. Of course she did, what’s not to like? Molly gives “Lyle Finds His Mother” 4 Spotlights.

NightBlue's "Songs for a New World" is a Gem

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NightBlue Performing Arts Company’s production “Songs for a New World” is an artful staging of a revue featuring 16 loosely connected songs by Jason Robert Brown. The voices of Kyrie Anderson, Curtis Bannister, Nathan Gardner and Mary Margaret Roberts were a beautiful blend. I recommend this little gem, a 4 Spotlight revue.

"Adrift in Macao" will Tickle Your Funny Bone

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The Towle Theater opened their 2014 season with a campy musical parody of film noir, “Adrift in Macao”. Although the plot is rather thin – boy meets girl in exotic location with sinister characters lurking in the background – it’s still an audience-pleaser. Try and catch this must-see comedy, you’ll be glad you did.

"Miss Marx: or the Involuntary Side Effects of Living" is an Interesting Character Study

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Strawdog Theatre Company’s new production “Miss Marx: or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living” is loosely based on the life of Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of Karl Marx. A world premiere, "Miss Marx" is written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins. “Miss Marx” is an interesting character study of an incredibly complex woman. I give it 3 ½ Spotlights.

'A Fabulous 50's Christmas" is Fabulous

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The 2013 version of “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas,” the Towle Theater’s annual tribute to the TV specials of 50’s stars like Perry Como and Andy Williams, is delightful! Somehow, they always manage to find a couple of new (to me) carols.