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John Cain

John Cain

Stop by Theatre at the Center in Munster for the Chicago-area premiere of the newest play from Sean Grennan, whose heart-warming comedy, “Making God Laugh,” has delighted audiences in 2012. Inspired by a true story, “The Tin Woman” is another beautiful blend of family, humor and hope. Joy has had a transplant and is questioning her second change in life. When she connects with the family of her donor, they learn together what it means to truly give one’s heart. The show runs July 13 through Aug. 13 with special events sprinkled throughout the production. 219/836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com.

The Grape Escape

This festival of wine, art and music will give attendees the opportunity to sample selections of wine and food from around the Region, while listening to the sounds of live music. You can even play bocce ball! Live music featuring Piano Man (Elton John/Billy Joel tribute) with special guests David Alamillo and Metropolly. While you’re at it, visit the Fetching Market next door! July 15, from 1 to 8 p.m. 219/836-6925 or www.munster.org

'Standby'

This contemporary musical directed by Towle Theater General Manager Jeff Casey finds five strangers who meet in an airport standby line and must decide among themselves which one deserves to get on the next flight. They soon realize that this is no ordinary airport and that their meeting is by no means a coincidence. With a pop-rock score, “Standby” reminds us how interconnected we all are. July 8 through 23. 219/937-8780 or www.towletheater.org

43rd annual Park Full of Art

In 1974, the Griffith Park Board suggested that a fair of fine arts be held in Central Park. A committee was formed, and the result was the first Park Full of Art featuring 54 artists. Over the years, the show has grown in stature and popularity, drawing upward of 5,000 people with more than 120 juried artists from states as distant as New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin. July 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.aparkfullofart.com

It’s an all-new 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Join Chicago Street Theatre under the stars for a modern twist on the classic romp about the love/hate relationship of Petruchio and the headstrong Kate. Everyone is placing bets on whether Signora Baptista can find a match for her eldest daughter, prize fighter “Kate the Curst.” Until the shrew is wed, the suitors gambling for the attentions of her younger daughter, “Miss Padua,” will just have to wait. It’s a tale filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit. July 7 and 8 at Central Park Plaza; continuing at Chicago Street Theatre, July 14 through 22. 219/464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org

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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