Craig: ‘King Lear,’ ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes,’ more
The Gary Shakespeare Company will present William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “King Lear” from Aug. 16-24.
In “King Lear” the lead character, possibly insane, divides his kingdom amongst his three daughters while forces of nature and malevolent members of the court plot against him and each other.
Murder, mayhem and madness ensue.
Directed by Norman Caplan, the cast features Steve Rohe, Kelly Denise Horton, Jim Nowacki, Kelechukwu Brnfre, Matthew Walsh, Morgan McCabe, Kloe Brady, Robyn Rutar, Jennifer Mead, Barry Rapoport, Curtis Lewis, John Abbassi, Nick Brummet, Mark Baer, Mario Dengu and Anne Paradise.
“King Lear” will be presented at the Indiana University Theater Northwest, 3660 Grant St., Gary. Information: (219) 989-2267, nietf.org.
At the Dunes
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” takes the audience back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts perform classic hits like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “It’s My Party.”
Running Aug. 9-24 at the Dunes Summer Theatre, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is directed by Donald R. Beck.
The cast includes Kassidy Norman, Abby Schmidt, Marjorie Muller and Rachel Livingston.
The Dunes Summer Theatre is at 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michigan City. Information: (219) 879-7509, dunessummertheatre.com.
At the Crown Point
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be at the Crown Point Community Theatre from Aug. 3-18.
Directed by Becky and Jerry Jascoviak, the show features musical direction by Peggy Keen, vocal direction by Deb Porter and choreography by Amanda Kerker.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” invites the audience into the wonderful and frustrating world of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts.”
The cast features Matthew Byerly, Stephanie Naumoff, William Milhans, Andrew Crane, Amy Crane, Maddie Breford, Laura Koch, Roxann Poor, Trish Neary, Ella Crane, Grace Nicholls and Wil Crane.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” renews our love affair with “Peanuts” covering memorable comic strips involving Valentine’s Day, the Little Red-Haired Girl, baseball games and, of course, the World War I flying ace.
The Crown Point Community Theatre is at 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. Information: (219) 805-4255, cpct.biz.
At Memorial Opera
Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House will present Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest” from Aug. 9-18.
Whenever John “Jack” Worthing slips away to London from his country estate, he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother, Ernest.
Once there Jack keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest, luckily so as his beloved Gwendolen declares she could only love an Ernest.
Her cousin Algy is the only person who knows Jack’s secret and one day he travels to the estate, announcing himself to Jack’s attractive ward Cecily as bad brother Ernest.
Cecily is much taken with him and his name, so on Jack’s return home and Gwendolen’s unexpected arrival it becomes clear that there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting.
The Memorial Opera House is at 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Information: (219) 548-9137, mohlive.com.
Bob Craig is a local freelancer.