Regionites concerned about getting out of the house during the forthcoming cold weather months have plenty of options courtesy of the many thriving area theater companies.
Whether you’re a fan of comedies, dramas, musicals, or something off the beaten path, there’s surely something for everyone being performed at any given time throughout Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland.
Listed below are rundowns of upcoming offerings of just a few area theater companies of note.
Chicago Street Theatre, 154 Chicago St., Valparaiso. Call 219- 464-1636 or visit Chicagostreet.org
• “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Nov. 24-Dec. 16. The big screen Christmas staple, starring James Stewart as George Bailey, comes to life.
• “Hurlyburly,” Jan. 19-Feb. 3, 2018. This one has adults in mind, as the acclaimed drama takes a look at the dark side of Hollywood in the 1980s.
• “Sideways Stories from Wayside School,” March 2-18, 2018. For young and old audiences, Sideways” is based on a zany bestselling children’s book series.
• “Moonlight and Magnolias,” April 13-28, 2018. More “behind the scenes” tales, this time around the aking of “Gone With the Wind”
The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. Call 708- 755-3444 or visit Dramagroup.org.
• “Eating Raoul,” Nov. 10-19. The dark comedy cult favorite from the '80s finds new life as a hit musical.
• “Whiskey Neat,” Jan. 12-21, 2018. Set in the Windy City, circa late 1940s, “Whiskey” looks at the trials and tribulations of assorted members of a gambling outfit.
• “A New Brain,” March 9-18, 2018. This musical comedy follows a composer who, confined to a hospital bed, ponders his life and those who make up his inner circle.
• “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” May 4-13, 2018. An adaptation of the Tony Award winning comedy which centers around the struggles between siblings struggling in their middle age.
La Porte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St., La Porte. Call 219- 362-5113 or visit Laportelittletheatreclub.com.
• “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Dec. 8-17. Christmastime is here for Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and Charlie Brown in this stage creation of the beloved '60s animated special.
• “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” March 9-18, 2018. Ken Kesey’s groundbreaking 1962 novel-turned Oscar winning 1975 film chronicling patients at a mental facility comes to life.
• “James and the Giant Peach,” May 11-20, 2018. Another adaptation of a novel, in this case the timeless 1961 children’s tome, turned movie, here Disney’s 1996 live-meets-animation hit.
• Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. Call 219- 874-4035 or visit Footlightplayers.org
• “My Three Angels,” Dec. 1-10. Footlight’s holiday production is a comedy following a trio of incarcerated robbers and their adventures during an abysmally hot Christmas season.
• “12 Angry Men,” Feb. 2-11, 2018. This behind the scenes jury drama has been a small screen and stage favorite for six decades.
• “Annie,” April 6-22, 2018. The sun will come out next spring in Footlight’s staging of the beloved musical.
4th Street Theater, 125 4th St., Chesterton. Call 219- 926-7875 or visit 4thstreetncca.com
• “The Primary English Class,”Through Nov. 19. A community theater favorite, “Primary” finds a green teacher taking on her first group of students, all of whom are from other countries and learning basic English.
• “Ordinary Days,” March 9-15, 2018. A recent favorite both on and off Broadway, “Ordinary” follows the lives of our young 20 and 30-somethings making their way through the Big Apple.