JUN 12-15 I Hate Hamlet 8pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. Shakespeare fans and foes alike will enjoy the witty and exciting stage action of this comedy. The story revolves around the television actor Andrew Rally whose perfect professional and personal life is not as it seems. He has landed the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park but has no desire to play the part. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, the ghost of a famous Shakespearean actor summoned via a seance and his sword.
JUN 13-14 The Second City—Happily Ever Laughter, 8pm, The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. With scripted and improvisational elements, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends.
JUN 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 The Glass Menagerie, The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. In Tennessee Williams' shattering classic, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom—a would-be poet and the story's narrator—gets swept up in his mother's funny and heartbreaking schemes to find a husband for his painfully shy sister, Laura.
THROUGH JUNE 15 Romeo and Juliet 7:30pm Thurs, Fri, Sat, 2pm Sun, 500 S Lake Street, Gary. 219.938.4565. Cost: $10. Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet" will play in Gary Shakespeare's intimate 50-seat performance space. This is a haunting and tragic tale of young people torn from life because of a senseless feud. The cast of "Romeo and Juliet" features IUN student Maegan Glass as Juliet, PUC student Curtis Lewis as Romeo. The play will be directed by Morgan McCabe.
JUNE 20-29, Once Upon a Mattress, 8pm June 20 and 27, 2pm June 22 and 29, L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group at Great Oaks in Cedar Lake.
Tickets for the play based on "The Princess and the Pea" are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $16 for high school students and younger audience members. The show on June 29 features dinner. Cost for the dinner-show on June 29 is $32 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $25 for children 12 and younger. A cash bar is also available. The meal begins at 12:30 p.m. Order tickets by phone at (219) 374-8000 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (219) 365-3197 after hours and leave a message.
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.
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.
Fourth Street Theater, 125 N 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.7875. 4thstreetncca.org. Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998. The second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. In the summer of 2002, Fourth Street Theater joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom they have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.
Marian Theatre Auditorium, 119th and Lincoln Avenue, Whiting. 219.659.3776. The Marian Theatre Guild, founded in 1928, is the oldest continuous community theatre group in Indiana. The guild is committed to providing audiences with riveting dramas, lighthearted comedies and wonderful musicals with local Northwest Indiana premieres. Productions are shows in April and November with dinner shows on Saturdays. Season ticket plans are available.
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.
Ross Music Theater, 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St.
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.