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Round Lake Community Center brings romantic comedy mishaps to the stage

JD Productions' latest show will run this weekend and features a glimpse into the "ugly" world of blind dating.

JD Productions Inc. present the play Check Please Take II. Players include Laura Svoboda (front, from left), LeAnn Jeffers, Tucker Kern, Adam Koch and (back row) Maryellen Suhrhoff, Mark Marcy, Sol Miller, Jacki Bomgaars, Tammie Wiese, CJ Grantz and not shone David Janssen.
JD Productions Inc. present the play Check Please Take II. Players include Laura Svoboda (front, from left), LeAnn Jeffers, Tucker Kern, Adam Koch and (back row) Maryellen Suhrhoff, Mark Marcy, Sol Miller, Jacki Bomgaars, Tammie Wiese, CJ Grantz and not shone David Janssen.
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ROUND LAKE — Dinner and a show is coming to the Round Lake Community Center as JD Productions prepares for its weekend performances of “Check Please: Take 2."

The show will run Friday through Sunday, with Friday and Saturday performances starting with a 6 p.m. pork loin dinner with the show to start at 7 p.m. A Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m., and includes complimentary pop and popcorn.

“Check Please: Take 2” centers on a newly broken-up couple as they re-enter the dating scene after being encouraged by their friends. However, they both find that love is no luckier outside of their relationship, and the world of first dates is even uglier than they remember.

“It's essentially a series of bad blind date after bad blind date,” said co-director Denise Deitchman.

This show, which will have about an hour run time, is a sequel to “Check Please,” which Deitchman and directing partner Jeri Sirovy were involved with two years ago.

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“It was so fun,” said Sirovy. “And when we told the cast there was a sequel … they were all like, that was great. Let’s do it again!”

The cast includes eleven members, all of whom have been in JD Productions shows before with the exception of one newcomer. While Tucker Kern will be reprising his role as the male lead in the sequel, “Check Please: Take 2,” will feature Leann Jeffers as its leading lady instead of Deitchman, who played the female lead in “Check Please.”

JD Productions Inc. play bill for Check Please Take II.
The JD Productions Inc. play bill for Check Please, Take II.
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“You’re much more invested on this side,” Deitchman said about directing from behind the curtains, instead of acting in front of them. She and Sirovy have their hands in all aspects of the show, from directing to production and design. “It’s our show, and we want to put on the best we can.”

“We want the show to be the best; we want the actors to be the best,” agreed Sirovy. “I don't want them to think this was OK. You know, you want everybody to feel really good, that it was a good experience.”

This will be JD Productions' fifth show since the theatre company's creation 10 months ago. Rehearsals began after the new year and the cast has met once a week in preparation for their upcoming performance.

Adam Kock (on left) and Tucker Kern go through a scene during play practice for upcoming play Check Please Take II presented by JD Productions Inc.
Adam Kock (left) and Tucker Kern go through a scene during play practice for "Check Please Take II," presented by JD Productions Inc.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance for $25 and will be available at the Round Lake Community Center, Round Lake City Hall, Schaap Sanitation, The Hair Gallery, and BTU Heating and Cooling in Worthington. Matinee tickets can be purchased ahead or at the door for $15.

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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