5 in 15 Words: Theater

  1. Great Lakes Theater Festival’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Sept. 24-Nov. 1, Hanna Theatre, greatlakestheater.org
    Dickens never named the character who offed the orphan in his final work — you do.
  2. Young Frankenstein
    Oct. 13-25, Palace Theatre, playhousesquare.com
    Baby boomer’s Halloween treat: Mel Brooks’ monster musical mashes classic slapstick with bombastic Broadway brass.
  3. The Wedding Singer
    Oct. 23 & 24, E.J. Thomas Hall, ejthomashall.com
    ’80s rocker steals girl from Wall Street jerk. So that’s the Cure for “Tainted Love”?
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Nov. 5-8, Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theatre, beckcenter.org
    No new Narnia film until next fall, so fill your Aslan urge with this production.
  5. The Wiz
    Nov. 20-Dec. 6, Near West Theatre, nearwesttheatre.org

    This urbanized The Wizard of Oz eases Dorothy down the road with spirit and soul.
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