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OFFBEAT: TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at age 91

OFFBEAT: TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at age 91

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
Silly staging of '50 Shades! The Musical' hoping for a hit

Silly staging of '50 Shades! The Musical' hoping for a hit

The idea to create a parody stage musical comedy paying homage to the page-by-page success of the sexy, breezy read "Fifty Shades of Grey" began with the show's writer Marshall Cordell getting "roped into it."

October 22, 2013 12:00 am
Zachary Gipson, from left, Lindsay Foreman, Michele Craig and Kurt Gillins Star in "The Musicals of Musicals (The Musical!)"

Zachary Gipson, from left, Lindsay Foreman, Michele Craig and Kurt Gillins Star in "The Musicals of Musicals (The Musical!)"

Zachary Gipson, from left, Lindsay Foreman, Michele Craig and Kurt Gillins star in "The Musicals of Musicals (The Musical!)" at 4th Street Theater in Chesterton tonight to Sept. 1.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Musical of Musicals' Broadway send-up opens in Chesterton this weekend

OFFBEAT: 'Musical of Musicals' Broadway send-up opens in Chesterton this weekend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 16, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hammond grad nets Tippi Hedren for return 'Birds' stage visit

OFFBEAT: Hammond grad nets Tippi Hedren for return 'Birds' stage visit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 31, 2013 12:00 am
Stage Wizardry: 'Potted Potter' takes audiences on fast-paced funny ride of Boy Wizard's adventures

Stage Wizardry: 'Potted Potter' takes audiences on fast-paced funny ride of Boy Wizard's adventures

It's a question they are so often asked.

November 23, 2012 12:00 am
Jefferson Turner (left) and Daniel Clarkson  star in the "Potted Potter" stage parody

Jefferson Turner (left) and Daniel Clarkson star in the "Potted Potter" stage parody

Jefferson Turner (left) and Daniel Clarkson star in the "Potted Potter" stage parody playing an already extended run in Chicago through Jan. 6, 2013.

November 23, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Stage parody 'Scarrie' back for silly audience fun

OFFBEAT: Stage parody 'Scarrie' back for silly audience fun

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 10, 2012 12:00 am
Drury Lane Theatre's "The 39 Steps"

Drury Lane Theatre's "The 39 Steps"

Peter Simon Hilton (left), Paul Kalina (center) and Angela Ingersoll star in "The 39 Steps" now at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., until Aug. 26, 2012.

July 19, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: David Cerda send-up of child pageants deserves a crown

OFFBEAT: David Cerda send-up of child pageants deserves a crown

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 31, 2012 12:00 am
"The Doyle & Debbie Show" Chicago Run Wrapping Up

"The Doyle & Debbie Show" Chicago Run Wrapping Up

Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton star as the title characters in "The Doyle & Debbie Show" now playing through May 27, 2012 at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

May 19, 2012 12:00 am
'Sexy Baby'

'Sexy Baby'

Precious Swann, played by Jeremy Myers (left) in a blond-stacked wig, is tanned and ready to win another pageant crown under the guidance of her "loving mother" Robin, played by Heather Currie, in David Cerda's "Sexy Baby" April 26 to June 13.    

April 15, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Child beauty pageants latest David Cerda stage target

OFFBEAT: Child beauty pageants latest David Cerda stage target

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 15, 2012 12:00 am
"Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits" at Governors State University in January 2012

"Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits" at Governors State University in January 2012

January welcomes humor and silly send-ups for a weekend of cabaret stage performances of "Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits" at Governors State University.

January 04, 2012 12:00 am
"The Doyle & Debbie Show" Performance

"The Doyle & Debbie Show" Performance

Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton star as the title characters in "The Doyle & Debbie Show" now playing at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

December 24, 2011 12:00 am
"The Doyle & Debbie Show"

"The Doyle & Debbie Show"

Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton star as the title characters in "The Doyle & Debbie Show" now playing at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

November 15, 2011 12:00 am
Cave Comedy

Cave Comedy

David Cerda's new comedy hit "Trogg!" is enjoying an extension of performances at Chopin Theatre in Chicago through July 16.

July 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: David Cerda's stage spoof 'Trogg!' of Joan Crawford final film a treat

OFFBEAT: David Cerda's stage spoof 'Trogg!' of Joan Crawford final film a treat

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hammond grad's new play a silly send-up of Joan Crawford's final film

OFFBEAT: Hammond grad's new play a silly send-up of Joan Crawford's final film

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Dancing Around It

Dancing Around It

Barbara Cannon (from left, facing) Elizabeth Lesinski, caveman Trogg, played by Chad Ramsey and Peanut, played by Alex Grelle, do a silly new dance called 'The Trogg' in the new stage spoof "Trogg! A Musical" presented by Hell in a Handbag Productions.

May 29, 2011 12:00 am
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