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Matthew Hust(left) Ian Rigg star 'Adrift Macao' which opens Towle Theater's 11th seasHammond.

Matthew Huston (left) and Ian Rigg star in "Adrift in Macao," which opens Towle Theater's 11th season in Hammond.

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Updated: March 22, 2014 6:07AM



The latest local theater news includes a fundraiser show and a Northwest Indiana premiere.

‘Adrift in Macao’

Set in 1952 in Macao, China, “Adrift in Macao” is a loving parody of film noir movies.

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 feature all of the film noir archetypes from the curvaceous blonde to the mysterious villain.

The Towle Theater production of the musical, which opens Feb. 28 and runs to March 16, marks the Northwest Indiana premiere of “Adrift in Macao.”

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Directed by Jeff Casey, with musical and vocal direction by Elizabeth Tuazon, “Adrift in Macao” has a cast that includes Sarah Mergener, Ian Rigg, Mara Dale, Matthew Huston, Kevin Bellamy, Lauren Knutson and Colin Funk.

The Towle Theater is located at 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond, (219) 937-8780, towletheater.org.

‘Vagina Monologues’

Beatniks on Conkey will present Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 22-23 to benefit V-Day and Haven House.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

The performance is a collection of monologues meant to raise awareness of the abuse to women across the globe.

Directed by Bonnie Johnson who also stars in the show, “The Vagina Monologues” has a cast including Abigail Michelle, Amanda Maloney, Deborah Gary, Jennifer Pellar, Joycie Brantley, Kali Rasala-Fitch, Karen Kroczek, Lindsey Hutchins, Maggie Reister, Rachel Livingston, Rachel Steigely, Rebekah Shepard and Stephanie Collins Washington.

Tickets are $25.

Beatniks on Conkey is at 418 Conkey St., Hammond. Information: (219) 852-0848 or beatniksonconkey.com.

‘The Mousetrap’

Beatniks on Conkey is fresh from Hammond Community Theatre’s production of “The Mousetrap,” which wrapped its run on Feb. 16.

A classic mystery, the play follows a group of strangers who are stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm. One of them is a murderer.

Written by Agatha Christie and directed by Valerie Wotkun, the cast included Betsey Archer, Mike Lerner, Mike Karberg, Kali Rasla-Fitch, Rip Johnson, Maggie Foster, Larry Hinken and Aaron Duncil.

Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.



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