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Dogfight

Here's the premise, it’s 1963 and the night before three soldiers are about to be shipped off to Vietnam. They’ve decided to hold a dogfight, a marine tradition where each guy tries to find the ugliest date possible. The winner takes the pot and the girl is never the wiser. Eddie Birdlace (Patrick Dinnsen) meets Rose, a waitress who he decides will work in a pinch, unfortunately she's more than he bargained for.
It’s a popular show at the moment because its music and lyrics were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo responsible for the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen and songs from La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Their skill of crafting a heart wrenching story with songs is evident in this show as well.

The show is such a delight and surprises audiences with its heart and beautiful vocals. The cast is young, all veteran members of Summer Stock Stage productions, and they are so talented. Emily Ristine Holloway’s direction highlights moments of tenderness between the …
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ATI 2018/19 Season Announcement

Actors Theatre of Indiana has announced its lineup of hit shows for the upcoming 2018-19 season, kicking things off with A Comedy of Tenors in September, followed by It’s A Wonderful Life (Live Radio Play), Ruthless and Forbidden Broadway: It’s Back, It’s New, It’s Better Than Ever. Celebrating its 14th season as Central Indiana’s premier professional, not-for-profit theater organization, ATI continues to bring to the stage a variety of local and national artists dedicated to excellence in theatre production. All shows will be live on stage at The Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Season subscription sales will begin June 8; single ticket sales on July 27.
A Comedy of Tenors – September 7-30
Currently sweeping the country and playing to sold-out audiences, the characters from Lend Me A Tenor are back in this fast-paced, over-the-top farce! One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could…

The Pill

"Womanhood shouldn't always mean motherhood." The line from Tom Horan's new play about the invention of the birth control pill is sure to start some interesting conversations. Horan is the Phoenix Theatre's playwright-in-residence and this is the world premiere of The Pill. The show is performed by an all-female quintet of characters, including the infamous Margaret Sanger.

The play packs a powerful punch and I was left reeling with the realization of just how far we've come. With the invention of birth control, women truly gained control of their own lives. I loved seeing the messiness of the process. Horan doesn't present it as an easy, quick path to success. Instead it's a fight with red-tape issues, funding problems and FDA hoops that must be jumped through. These things aren't exhausting to watch though, because he tempers the hassles with humor, sprinkling in clever lines. It's obviously well-researched, but instead of overwhelming us wit…

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

What do you do when an author dies before his work is finished? You make it into a “choose your own adventure” musical of course! Audience goers get the rare experience of choosing not only the murderer, but also which lovers end up together and who plays the detective in the Actors Theatre of Indiana’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Charles Dickens never had the chance to let readers know how he would’ve wrapped up the novel, but now we can all try our hand at solving the mystery. 
The show is in constant motion with cast members moving set pieces on and off stage to create new scenes. There’s a bar, a dressing room, a brothel, a dinner party, etc. all in the small space the stage allows. It’s an ambitious production with a large cast of local talent. Stephen Hollenbeck’s excellent costumes range from top hats to kimonos and corsets and completes the illusion that we’re seeing a music hall performance in the late 19th century. Paul Collier Hansen performs my favorite number …

Noises Off

Indiana Repertory Theatre closes its season with a bang, or rather the slamming of many doors, in Noises Off. I’ll admit that farces don’t tend to tickle my funny bone, but this one is an exception to the rule. It rises above the general stereotype of mistaken identities and slapstick (though there is plenty of both) by adding another brilliant layer. It is a play within a play, three acts and two intermissions packed with nonstop humor.
In the first act we meet a cast rehearsing a farce called “Nothing On”. This opening gives each character a chance to warm up and establish some basic ticks. The next two acts expertly build on those so that the audience always feels like it’s in on the joke. In the second and third act, the audience watches the matinĂ©e and evening performances unfold. The hilarity lies in the farce that is unfolding behind the scenes as the cast acts out another on the stage. One character describes the situation as “becoming farcical” and the on-the-nose description…

The Phoenix Is on the Move!

It's no secret that the Phoenix Theatre, which has called Mass Ave home for the past 30 years, is moving into a new space this month. The gorgeous new facility is located at the corner of Illinois and Walnut, right on the Cultural Trail. The building that formerly occupied that space was demolished and the 21,000-square-foot new Phoenix literally rose from its ashes over the past few months.
The design of the entire building has been done with the utmost thoughtfulness. The main theatre has maple siding designed by acoustics expert Gavin Haverstick. The gender-neutral bathrooms have two entrances to keep things moving quickly at intermissions. The bar and other areas of the theatre are painted in a brilliant red, perfect for the vibrant atmosphere. 
Despite the fancy new digs, not everything is changing for the theatre. It will still focus on cutting edge productions that deal with important issues. The two stages are both intimate settings, so that there is no pressure to choose m…

And Then There Were None

When the play you’re about to see is a murder mystery called “And Then There Were None”, you know there will be a body count. The deliciously dark Agatha Christie novel comes to life on the stage in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre‘s current production. Unlike most of its shows, this one is held in the smaller, more intimate Studio Theater, a great fit for the chilly drama.
Ten strangers find themselves trapped on an English island with a killer in their midst. They soon realize not all is as it seems when they are all accused of committing various murders. The three-act play has one 15 minute intermission and then a short pause after the second act. The pace clips along briskly as the story unfolds. Charles Goad had quite the challenge as the director. He has to show murders, both onstage and off, without revealing the killer. It’s a game of sleight-of-hand and he manages it beautifully. The audience is pulled into the guessing game as the bodies piled up. I frequently heard murmurs…