Craig: Towle Theater’s four premieres for 11th season
By Bob Craig September 11, 2013 1:16PM
"The Nightmare Room," one of four shows booked for the 2014 season at Towle Theater in Hammond, is based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. | AP file photo
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:22AM
Hammond’s Towle Theater has announced the lineup for its 11th season.
Four productions that have not been produced in Northwest Indiana will be staged at 5205 Hohman Ave.
The season will open with the Northwest Indiana premiere of the musical “Adrift in Macao.”
Directed by Towle managing director, Jeff Casey and written by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, “Adrift in Macao” is a parody of film noir style movies.
The show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for best musical.
In classic noir style, everyone who comes to Macao is waiting for something. Though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out.
The characters include the standard types like Loreena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner during her first night in town.
She ends up getting a job singing in his nightclub perhaps for no reason other than the fact that she looks great in a slinky dress.
There’s also Mitch, the American who has been framed for murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin.
The spring show is an Indiana premiere called “The Nightmare Room.”
Based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and written by John Goodrum, the Towle production will be directed by Mark Baer, assistant professor of acting and directing at Indiana University Northwest.
“The Nightmare Room” is a dark and chilling psychological thriller in which two best friends, both in love with the same dashing former movie star, are locked in a room with a bottle of poison.
Who lives? Who dies? Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
The summer musical is the U.S. premiere of “From Up Here.”
Written by Aaron Lee Lambert and directed by Sherry Sweeney, “From Up Here” takes the audience high above the bustle of the city where five strangers find solace on the Brooklyn Bridge, suspended between who they were and what they might become.
“From Up Here” explores time, change and the choices that shape the lives of five people whose paths cross in the most unlikely of ways and asks the question: What makes life worth living?
Closing out the 2014 season will be the Indiana premiere of Sam Wolfson’s “Play Dates.”
Wolfson’s play “Jewtopia” that he penned with Bryan Fogel was featured in the 2013 season at the Towle, and Marty Grubbs will return to direct “Play Dates.”
“Play Dates” is all about love — falling in, falling out and everything in between — from the childhood innocence of one’s first everlasting crush and the challenge of trying to keep the spark alive after 10 years of marriage to the tortuous single years in between when one thinks he or she will never find anybody.
This play reminds us that love is never easy and kindergarten is just the beginning.
Season tickets are on sale at towletheater.org or the box office at (219) 937-8780.
Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.