John Cain

John Cain

Long a Chicago Street Theater favorite, Dan Navarro achieved national fame when Pat Benatar recorded and had a hit with one of his song "We Belong." Any time Dan appears on stage, things become unpredictable and just a little crazy — each show featuring his folkish music tinged with rock is a night to remember. See Dan at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at CST.  219/464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org

'Funny Valentines' is a delightful show

Andy Robbins, author of the “Beanie” books for children, has been unhappy and unproductive since his divorce from Ellen, his wife and former collaborator, eight months before. In a strange series of events, Ellen re-enters his life (eight months pregnant), his agent arrives with a TV contract that needs both of their signatures, a beautiful lawyer tries to seduce Andy, and Ellen’s mother makes an unexpected appearance, all on one incredible day. Full of silly sight gags, awkward moments, and raucous humor, this delightful comic valentine promises to be “pregnant with feeling” and rife with laughter! Presented Feb. 11 to 25 by L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group, Cedar Lake. 219/365-3197 or www.lctg.org.

Beyond Valentines: The Wiz finds home at IUN

After celebrating the demise of the Wicked Witch of the East with the Munchkins, Dorothy departs for the Emerald City with a live yellow brick road. The words are jive, the songs upbeat. She encounters a hip Scarecrow who wants to join her because he has a feeling he isn't going anywhere, an uptight Tin Man who needs Dorothy's help to hang loose again, and a mama's boy Lion who has lost faith in the psychiatric help he's been getting from an owl. Together they will seek help from the great and powerful Oz. A production directed by Mark Spencer of the West Side Theatre Guild and presented at the new Indiana University Northwest Art and Sciences Building, Feb. 16-25. 219/980-6808 or www.iun.edu/theatre

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John Cain is the executive director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He can be reached at (219) 836-1839, ext. 102. The opinions are the writer’s.

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