Nov 1, 3, 8, 10 Orpheus and Eurydice, 7:30pm. Eckhart Park Pool (Ida Crown Natatorium, 1330 W Chicago Ave, Chicago. chicagooperatheater.org/orpheusandeuridice. 140,000 gallons of water are transformed into the River Styx for this imaginative retelling of the ancient myth about eternal love. Navigate the watery underworld with Orpheus as his clarinet soars, searching for his lost love, his only happiness. Tickets are free to the public in partnership with the Chicago Park District and can be reserved in advance.
Through Nov 2 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 6pm, Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. A costume party featuring food and fun precedes the Halloween showing of this new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror.
NOV 2 Variety-Ville, 6pm, Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. The Lounge Devils, Frank and Buddy Devil, bring their brand of swanky fun to Valparaiso with an evening of martinis, fine cigars, swinging music and more. The evening begins with cocktail hour, followed by a Vaudeville show and dancing.
NOV 2-3 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. Hilarity ensues when a very small cast performs the entirety of Shakespeare’s works in roughly 100 minutes.
NOV 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 Rumors, Great Oaks Banquet 13109 Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.365.3197. lctg.org. This hilarious sophisticated comedy is all fun and games until the police arrive. Husband and wife Charlie and Myra have invited four couples to celebrate their anniversary, but when the couples arrive, the guests of honor are nowhere to be found.
Through Nov 6 The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling, The Side Project, 1439 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, 7:30pm. thesideproject.net. Each night, three to four different artists will take the stage to perform 5- to 12-minute pieces, prior to a full-length story offered by one of the festival's three headliners. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Wills will provide musical accompaniment.
Nov 9 Ragtime The Musical, Highland High School Monbeck Auditorium, 9135 Erie Street, Highland. 219.218.3191. theunityevent.org. Ragtime The Musical will be the second annual Unity Event production based at Highland High School's auditorium. As the mission of The Unity Event is to merge the professional, academic and community arts members, the production features South Shore Orchestra, the two choirs from Wirt-Emerson and Highland High Schools and a cast of more than 32 principal and featured performers from across Northwest Indiana, Chicago and the suburbs. There will be nearly 200 people on stage making music and art for audience members.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Oct 18-Nov 2: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Nov 29-Dec 21: Naughty or Nice Holiday Double Feature.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals.
Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-square-foot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Nov 16: India.Arie.
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Nov 16: 1st Source Bank—Celebrating 150 Years (La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St, LaPorte).
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Nov 6: Remember the Rat Pack; Nov 21: WINDIANA 2013—Songs by Women Composers; Nov 23: Harbor Lights November 2013; Nov 29-Dec 13: Little Women.
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Nov 1: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt; Nov 2: American’s Got Talent LIVE!; Nov 3: Englebert Humperdinck; Nov 10: Dinosaur Train; Nov 17: ABBAMANIA.
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Nov 14-Dec 22: A Christmas Carol The Musical.
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 6-8, 13-15, 20-22: A Fabulous 50’s Christmas.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Nov 2: David Sedaris; Nov 22: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Nov 14-Dec 29: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Nov 1: Chris Cornell—Unplugged and Up Close; Nov 26-Dec 15: Elf the Musical. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St. Oct 30-Dec 21: Wicked.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Sept 24-Nov 10: Cyrano de Bergerac;
City Winery, 1200 W Randolph, Chicago. citywinery.com. City Winery Chicago, a fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space, is located in the heart of the West Loop, in the historic urban Fulton Market district. The concert hall accommodates up to 300 guests, all seated at tables with complete beverage and dining service, ensuring a comfortable “listening room” experience enhanced by a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Dec 1: A John Waters Christmas live comedy show, Dec 2: Rick Springfield: Stripped Down Tour with special guest William Beckett, Dec 3: The English Beat, Dec 5: Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dec 8: Hot Tuna acoustic, Dec 10: Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Dec 19: Branden James Christmas Show, Dec 20: The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute, Dec 22-23: Michael McDermott Christmas Show, Dec 26-28: Poi Dog Pondering, Dec 31: New Year’s Eve w/Los Lobos
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. cso.org. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. Led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra-to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wednesday. Nov 2, Nov 23: Once Upon a Symphony—Stone Soup; Nov 1-3: CSO—Haitink and Ax; Nov 8-10: CSO Special Event—John Williams Returns! Nov 14-16: CSO—Britten War Requiem; Nov 16: Family—Mother Goose and More; Nov 17: CSO Chamber—CSO Chamber at the Art Institute and SCP Chamber Music—Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt; Nov 19: Civic Orchestra—Beethoven 3; Nov 21-24: CSO—Tilson Thomas Conducts Mahler 9; Nov 22: SCP Jazz Series—Joshua Redman Quartet; Nov 29-30: SCP Special Event—Sing-A-Long-A Grease; Nov 30: SCP Special Event—Vienna Boys Choir.