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OFFBEAT: 'Glass Menagerie' with Chesterton actress extended plus Michigan date

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2013-06-30T00:00:00Z 2013-06-30T23:06:04Z OFFBEAT: 'Glass Menagerie' with Chesterton actress extended plus Michigan dateBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

When actress Joanne Dubach was cast last year in a new production of Tennessee Williams' stage classic, "The Glass Menagerie," she hadn't expected to be still living her character seven months later before audience old and new.

Dubach, who is originally from Chesterton, played the role for the run produced by Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, that started back in January for an original run until Feb. 17. It proved so popular, the entire cast returned to remount it for another string of dates now staged at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., which opened May 21 and has now been extended through July 28.

Adding to the excitement, Dubach and the entire Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, is packing up everything and heading to Michigan to do one exclusive performance during July's month-long inaugural Three Oaks Theater Festival, launched by co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans and Marc Grapey. The new event offers three limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional Chicago-based productions and a World Premiere for audiences, all staged in beautiful Harbor Country, Michigan.

The special "The Glass Menagerie" one-night Michigan fest performance is Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. (CST) or 8 p.m. (EST). Tickets are $25. FYI: threeoaksfestival.com or acorntheater.com or call (269) 756-3879

Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented in association with Harbor Arts with special thanks to The Pokagon Fund, and the productions are all showcased in the comfortable and quaint Acorn Theater, 123 N. Elm St., in the historic downtown area of Three Oaks. Opened in 2002, the Victorian-style theater has gained praise from both audience members and performers for its cozy, intimate and artist-friendly atmosphere. (And the $6 blueberry martinis at the venue's custom martini bar can't be beat.)

In this  building formerly used for manufacturing "Featherbone" products, including everything from horse and buggy whips to women's bustles during the early 20th century, it was the dreams of owners David Fink and Kim Clark that helped design the space into 500 capacity seating stage display. One of the theater's most historic amenities is the Barton Organ. Built in 1931, the organ is one of the last ones of its kind to be built in the United States.

As for the other play selections offered this summer for this first festival season, Blair Thomas & Co.'s "The Selfish Giant," a unique take on the Oscar Wilde classic featuring puppetry by Blair Thomas and music by Michael Smith, is at 12 noon (CST) or 1 p.m. (EST) Saturday, July 6 and recommended for audiences of all ages, while best enjoyed by children ages 2-10 since the running time is 45 minutes. Tickets are $15, with children 4 and younger free. TurnAround Theatre's production of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer," directed by J.R. Sullivan and featuring Brad Armacost, Lia D. Mortensen and Si Osborne is Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. (CST) or 8 p.m. (EST). Tickets are $25. The festival finale is "Complicated," a world premiere musical from Poi Dog Pondering, Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. (CST) or 8 p.m. (EST) and tickets priced at $35.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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