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BLOG: Towle's 'First Date' would be a fine play to take a date to

"First Date" makes its Indiana premiere at the Towle Theatre in Hammond Thursday.

Hammond’s Towle Theater is a downtown gem that often brings in acting talent from Chicago, and has been known to premiere new, contemporary work.

Starting this weekend, the Towle will put on the Indiana premiere of the play “First Date,” which follows a blind date in real time.

The theater at 5205 Hohman Ave. will stage the musical, which is directed by Managing Director Jeff Casey and sponsored by Albert’s Diamond Jewelers in Schererville. If you're out on a date, you can always stop by Paul Henry's Art Gallery or the new 18th Street Brewing before the show.

Towle veterans Brian Fimoff, Antoinette Gomez, Dan Brennan and Matthew Huston, as well as newcomers Mandi Corrao, Brandon Denton and Emily Reeves perform in the play. It was written by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, and debuted on Broadway three years ago.

The show, which made its world premiere in Seattle in 2012, focuses on a date unfolding in real time between serial dater Casey and the less experienced Aaron. It features songs like “The One,” “First Impressions,” “The Girl For You,” and “The Check.”

Other restaurant patrons come to embody inner critics, friends and exes as the pair tries to forge a connection.

The play costs $19, and runs from April 22 to May 8. Teachers can get buy-one-get-one tickets every Friday, which is Educator Appreciation Night.



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