Craig: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ in Crown Point, more
The Crown Point Community Theatre will present David Mamet’s drama “Glengarry Glen Ross” from Sept. 27-Oct. 12.
The Pulitzer Prize winner in 1984, Mamet’s play examines parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents.
They are prepared to engage in any number of unethical and illegal acts to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers.
Directed by Mike Jewett, the cast includes Erin Anderson, Christina Biancardi, Joe Culley, Earle Howe, Kate Ryan Hudson, Hal Kilgore, Anne Nicholls and Tom Pancheri.
“Glengarry Glen Ross” opened on Broadway in 1984 and starred Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Robert Prosky, Lane Smith, James Tolkan, Jack Wallace and J.T. Walsh.
The show was nominated for four Tony Awards and Mantegna won for best featured actor.
“Glengarry Glen Ross” was adapted to the big screen in 1992 and featured an expanded script that included the famous opening speech in a role specifically written for Alec Baldwin.
The film starred Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Al Pacino.
Crown Point Community Theatre is at 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. Information: (219) 805-4255 or cpct.biz.
The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso has announced the cast of its upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town.”
The seminal American play is about the universal human experiences of life, love and death.
Set in a small town in New Hampshire in the early 20th century, “Our Town” looks at small-town values and how life continues on despite the triumphs and tragedies of each generation.
Directed by Justin Treasure, the cast includes John Larrabee, Jim Henry, T.J. Aubuchon, Rodney Thornton, Dona Henry, Rebecca Fortner, Jacob Barber, Ruthie Marfoe and Daniel Barajas.
Laura Simmons, Jeff Schultz, Jim Drader, Nikko Elliot, Martha Sass, Nathaniel Wasko, Elli Bezotte, Elisabeth LaCorte, Alley Banks, Camie Marfoe and Mark McColley are also part of the cast.
“Our Town” runs from Oct. 4-13 at Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Information: mohlive.com or (219) 548-9137.
Chicago Street Theatre
Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre will present “The World’s Worst Fairy Godmother” from Aug. 30 through Sept. 8.
Written by Bruce Coville and directed by Kari-Anne Innes, the play follows perennial failure Fairy Godmother Maybelle Clodnowski when she is given one last chance to do her job correctly.
The cast features Grace Gass, Ray Palasz, Andrea Bertsch, Mitch Paxton, Brittany Brice, Gracie Ault, Jakob Innes, Tony Balsamo, Denise Murray, Megan Bentley and Laney Roberts.
Ian Hurst-Kosky, Eden Roberts, Trey Erny, Cadence Orange, Wolfie Saavedra, Xavier Roberts, Elijah Sabourin, Jake Bencie, Angela Wehner, Dennis Murray and Chloe Hoeksema are also part of the cast.
Families are invited to attend the Fairy Brunch at noon Sept. 14 at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso prior to the final performance of show at 2:30 p.m.
Reservations are required for this family event that will feature a brunch from Strongbow, fairy and imp training for the little ones courtesy of Miss Edna Primm’s School for Fairies, a fairy costume parade, photo opportunities with the cast, and a few surprises.
The Chicago Street Theatre is at 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso. Information: (219) 464-1636 or chicagostreet.org.
Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.