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    E.D.G.E. Theatre brings “MacSith” to McHenry High School Saturday. The play is based on William Shakespeare's “Macbeth” and set in the “Star Wars” universe.

    From 'MacSith' to 'Streetcar': 5 things to do this weekend

    By day Saturday, you can take the kids or grandkids to lively fests and shows in Vernon Hills, Wheaton or Mount Prospect. And at night, you can take in a classic drama in Crystal Lake or shake up your Shakespeare in McHenry. Here are five things to do this weekend in the suburbs.

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    File- This April 4, 2005, file photo shows pedestrian's walking past Playhouse Square in Cleveland. This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some 12 million people over 1,300 productions. Its alumni include Paul Newman, Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and "Wizard of Oz" wicked witch Margaret Hamilton. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award

    Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award in its 100th season

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    Rock group Blue Oyster Cult plays the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Friday, April 24.

    Weekend picks: Blue Oyster Cult to rock the Arcada

    Get ready to rock along with Blue yster Cult as they appear at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. See all kinds of die-hard fans of comic books, sci-fi series and more at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. And '90s alternative tribute band Mallrats plays popular songs from the early 1990s at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

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    Arlington Heights native Max DeTogne received a non-equity Jeff Award nomination for his performance of the titular role in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

    Suburban theater artists among non-equity Jeff nominees

    Suburban theater artists, including newcomer Max DeTogne from Arlington Heights, are among the nominees for the 2015 non-equity Jeff Awards recognizing Chicago's non-union, proessional theaters. DeTogne was nominated for his performance as Jesus in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s acoustic revival of the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

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    2015 Non-equity Jeff Award nominees
    Suburban theater artists, including newcomer Max DeTogne from Arlington Heights are among the nominees for the 2015 non-equity Jeff Awards recognizing Chicago's non-union, proessional theaters.

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    Kim Kardashian attends Variety's Power of Women Luncheon at Cipriani Midtown on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

    Kardashian family to watch Bruce Jenner's interview together

    Kim Kardashian: Our family will watch Bruce Jenner's interview together; there is no divide

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    This brick ranch home with four bedrooms in North Barrington is on a lot with many large trees.

    Listing of the week

    Originally built in 1973, this picturesque North Barrington brick ranch home with four bedrooms, 2½ baths and an open floor plan recently was remodeled beautifully.

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    FILE - IN this April 27, 2011 file photo, then ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper holds up a copy of the president's birth certificate, released by the White House today, at the White House briefing room in Washington. Tapper will take over as host of CNN’s Sunday morning public affairs program “State of the Union” in June, 2015. The former ABC newsman, who hosts a weekday afternoon program on CNN, replaces Candy Crowley. She left CNN in December and a rotating series of substitutes has been filling in ever since.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Jake Tapper to host Sunday program on CNN

    CNN's Tapper takes over Sunday public affairs program

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    Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have apologized for what they called their “tasteless” joking about the sole female Avenger, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.

    Renner, Evans apologize for ‘juvenile’ Black Widow joking

    Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have apologized for what they called their “tasteless” joking about the sole female Avenger, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. The actors both issued apologies Thursday after teasing the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” character with derogatory slurs.

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    In the Thursday episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” Patrick Dempsey made a surprise departure from the series, when his character Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd died from injuries suffered when he was blindsided by a truck.

    Spoiler alert: Shocking ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episode!

    If you haven’t seen Thursday’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and plan to — spoiler alert! Out of nowhere, the episode walloped viewers with the shocking exit of ...

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    Pepper (Jakob Salvati), left, is consoled by his dad (Michael Rapaport) in “Little Boy.”

    ‘Little Boy’ gives a murky vision of theology

    The best thing that can be said about “Little Boy” is that it has a Norman Rockwell sensibility. Sort of. “Little Boy” is the story of Pepper (Jakob Salvati), a small child nicknamed “Little Boy” because of his short stature. When his father (Michael Rapaport) goes off to fight the Japanese, Pepper calls upon various powers — prayer, faith, willpower, good deeds and, at one point, magic — to ensure that his dad comes back safe. In the film’s muddy vision, it is some combination of these powers that influences that outcome.

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    Mary Williamson, right, plays Olga, the oldest of the “Three Sisters” in The Hypocrites production. Lindsey Gavel, left, plays Masha and Hilary Williams plays youngest sister Irina.

    From suburbs to city: Theater artists light up Chicago stages

    Theater artists come from all over to practice their craft in Chicago. Among them are Bryan Bosque, Max DeTogne and Mary Williamson, three suburban natives currently lighting up Chicago stages.

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    Former Oak Park resident Cecily Strong, of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” will entertain at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday.

    ‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong goes to Washington

    Former Oak Park resident Cecily Strong still will be live on Saturday night on April 25, but in a much different atmosphere than usual. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is a repeat that evening, so she won’t be neglecting her usual job as she becomes the fourth woman to be the featured comedian at the yearly White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton.

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    More homeowners able to tap equity by refinancing

    Could it be time to cash out some home equity by refinancing your mortgage? For growing numbers of owners, the answer this year is an emphatic yes, at least according to new data from some major lenders.

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    Telling Time with the Smurfs Cost: $2.99 Ages: 4 and up Interactive storytime with the Smurfs will help your child learn the parts of a clock, recognize the differences between digital and analog clocks, and tell time.

    Apps for when it’s time for kids to tell time

    Telling time is a part of everyday life, but introducing and teaching this important skill to your child can be difficult. Below are three fun and engaging iPad apps that will teach your child how to tell time on both analog and digital clocks.

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    The home and gardens of late movie icon John Hughes Jr. will be open to visitors during the 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens tour through May 17.

    John Hughes’ gardens prepped for public viewing

    The 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens goes beyond the expected display of great interior design, architecture and landscaping. This year’s visitors get to see the home of the late movie icon John Hughes Jr.

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    The U.S. Postal Service's new waterlily stamps, with images captured by Alexandria, Va., photographer Cindy Dyer at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington.

    Pond cleaning a huge chore — but worth the effort

    The periodic draining and cleaning of the fishpond hould be done every couple of years, but I usually wait twice as long as that. It's essentially two days of messing about in bone-chilling water, fretting about the survival of your fish and dealing with gunk.

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    The Linden model is open for tours at Woodleaf at The Sanctuary Club, a neighborhood of 26 lots in Kildeer being developed by Portfolio Homes, the premium division of Lexington Homes.

    Linden model opens at Woodleaf at The Sanctuary Club

    Woodleaf at The Sanctuary Club invites you to build your dream home in this scenic enclave of 26 custom and semi-custom luxury homes on half-acre and larger homesites in Kildeer.

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    Straight talk about your DIY projects

    I really have a hard time with frames that are hanging crooked, odd angles and imperfect corners when I’m working on projects. Sometimes you just can’t help it, but other times it’s just a matter of using a level or plumb bob and an adjustment or two.

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    How mechanic’s liens work

    A contractor or subcontractor who doesn’t get paid in a timely fashion can hold up a homeowner’s sale or refinancing.

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    Asbestos pipe insulation is not always dangerous

    Q. My home was built in 1926 and has asbestos insulation on all the hot water pipes under the building. Fortunately, all of this asbestos has been wrapped.

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