August 24, 2015

South Pacific


South Pacific is a musical that’s been around long enough for most people to already know whether or not they love it. Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s latest production of the show hasn’t changed much since its last turn on the stage almost ten years ago. Deb Wims reprises her role as the na├»ve nurse from Arkansas, Jeff Stockberger is back as Luther Billis, and Cynthia Thomas returns as Bloody Mary.

Lt. Joseph Cable and Emile de Becque are played by newcomers to Beef & Boards, Mickey Rafalski and Robert Wilde respectively. Both were excellent, and Rafalski’s voice brought a particularly beauty to numbers like “Younger Than Springtime”.


There’s not much time to see the romances develop throughout the show. From the opening scene we learn that Nellie and a Frenchman, Emile de Becque, have met and fallen in love. Later Lt. Joseph Cable falls for a local Polynesian girl, Liat, in a matter of moments. It’s hard to root for relationships that seem to develop so suddenly.

Despite the cheerful tone, the premise behind South Pacific is a heartbreaking one. The song “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” reminds audiences that racism is a learned trait. For most of the characters it is embedded so deeply into their mindset that they aren’t even conscious of their prejudice.

Fans of Rodgers and Hammerstein are sure to love this classic and will leave humming “Some Enchanted Evening”, but don’t attend expecting any new revelations.


Don't Miss the Show  

Performances: The show runs until Oct. 4. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. 


Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $40 to $65 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet. 


Photos courtesy of Beef & Boards

August 7, 2015

The Phoenix Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season


The Phoenix Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2015/16 season.
 
One Man, Two Guvnors 
by Richard Bean 
September 24 – October 18, 2015 

Welcome to 1960’s England. Francis Henshall finds himself trapped into working for two bosses-who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Easy, right? One Man, Two Guvnors will have you falling out of your seats in hysteria, as Francis leads you through this topsy-turvy farce of love triangles and mistaken identities. His quest for love, a sandwich and keeping his two guvnors happy swept both London’s West End and Broadway with its hilarity and campy wit.

The Nether  
by Jennifer Haley 
October 22 – November 22, 2015 

Welcome to The Nether, a virtual paradise of total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing realm within this virtual world filled with outcasts and criminals of society, she wonders on what level fantasy meets reality. Are some private dreams too dark and disturbing? Should people be free from consequences in their own imagination? Immerse yourself in this sci-fi thriller about a battle over technology and human desire. 

A Very Phoenix Xmas X: Oh, Come Let Us Adore Us 
by Various Artists 
November 27 – December 20, 2015 

It’s year 10 of A Very Phoenix Xmas, and this year will be X-tra special! We’re back with another round of all new sketches, songs and dances, and in honor of this anniversary year, we may even bring back a few favorites. We’ve got everything on your list: traditional holiday music, madcap comedy skits, and some very talented people to help you celebrate this most joyful—and stressful—time of year. An Indy favorite!

Butler 
by Richard Strand
January 7 – February 7, 2016

It’s the beginning of the Civil War, and lawyer Benjamin Franklin Butler has just been promoted to Union General at Fort Monroe, a Union hold-out in the state of Virginia. He soon finds himself face to face with Shepard Mallory, an escaped slave seeking asylum at the fort for himself and other slaves. Sworn to uphold the law, Butler prepares to return the slaves, until Mallory forces him to question whether what is legal is actually moral. Inspired by real events and relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, Butler is part comedy, part historical drama, and according to The New York Times, simply “splendid.”

Pulp 
by Joseph Zettelmaier (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere) 
February 11 – March 6, 2016 

In 1930’s Los Angeles, washed-up PI Frank Ellery takes on the strangest case of his life. A noted literary agent has been gruesomely murdered, and the four suspects are his remaining clients, all writers for different pulp magazines. Frank dives into the mystery, and his world turns upside down as life begins to imitate literature. In this new comedy, science fiction, romance, adventure, and horror combine with one down-on-his-luck gumshoe who’s about to learn what really lurks between the lines.

On Clover Road 
by Steve Dietz (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere) 
March 10 – April 10, 2016 

Kate Hunter has been searching for her daughter for over four years. Now that she’s been located, Kate must carefully extract her from a cult by trusting a complete stranger to de-program her at an abandoned motel on Clover Road. Will mother and daughter happily reunite? Or will the shadow of a memory she’s held on to for the past four years be all that Kate has left of the daughter she once knew? This thriller will have you guessing, hoping, and left with a strong desire to keep your loved ones close.

Leyenda 
by Tom Horan, Playwright-in-Residence & Bryan Fonseca, Producing Director 
April 14 – May 1, 2016 

Spanish for “legend,” Leyenda is a live adaptation of Latino Folk Tales, based on interviews with members of the Indianapolis Latino Community, with performances in English and Spanish. Leyenda includes traditional music and dancing, and explores explanations of happenings in nature, life, and mythology. The original play is part of the Phoenix Theatre’s Heritage Series, which explores the history, mythology, and cultural inheritance of people of different races and cultural backgrounds, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts—Art Works.

Book of Merman  
by Leo Schwartz 
May 12 – June 12, 2016

The hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, meets the First Lady of Broadway in this contagiously fun new comedy! When two Mormon missionaries ring Ethel Merman’s doorbell, they have no idea of the surprise awaiting them. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman, catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go. Learn how to “Be a Merman” in this parody musical that will leave you smiling for weeks to come. 
 
TBA 
June 16 – July 17, 2016  

Every season, we’ve got our eyes and ears on Broadway, with a mission of bringing the nation’s biggest hits to Indianapolis. Sometimes those plays win big awards—ahem, Tony’s—extending their run on Broadway, and delaying our negotiations. As soon as we have the rights, you’ll be the first to know. Remember, good things come to those who wait, and this one is definitely worth waiting for—our hands to God.

Acid Dolphin Experiment  
by Tom Horan, Playwright-in-Residence 
July 14 – August 14, 2016

Acid Dolphin Experiment tackles the life of Dr. John C. Lilly, a midcentury American Neuroscientist famous for exploring the nature of consciousness, using isolation tanks, dolphin communication, and psychedelic drugs…sometimes in combination…and frequently experimenting on himself. As a scientist, he risked his career, his relationships, and his sanity, to decipher the subjective experiences often dismissed as “mere hallucinations.” This (sorta) biography comes from the Phoenix Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence and writer of last season’s hit comedy, Typhoid Mary.

Ticket prices for 2015-2016 season: 
$20 CheapSeats Weekend (opening weekend) sponsored by Katrina Basile, Realtor, $27 Thursdays and Sundays for remainder of run, $33 Fridays and Saturdays for remainder of run.

A Very Phoenix Xmas X: Oh, Come Let Us Adore Us ticket prices:
$22 CheapSeats Weekend (opening weekend) sponsored by Katrina Basile, Realtor, $30 Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays for remainder of run $35 Fridays and Saturdays for remainder of run

Wednesday and Thursday performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m. FlexPasses will be for sale until October 18. The price is $130 for five tickets. FlexPass tickets may be used for any performance of any show during the season. 

Photo by Stage Write Indy.

July 30, 2015

HART Presents Twelfth Night

One of my favorite annual Indy traditions is back this weekend! The Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre is presenting Twelfth Night at White River State Park tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. The shows start at 8 pm, but the pre-show festivities begin at 6 pm. 

Every year the productions are incredible and so much fun. Professional actors take the stage for only three days during this FREE event. There will be food trucks and Sun King Brewery will be serving. Don't miss it! Visit their website here for more info.


Parking options:

1.     White River State Park underground parking garage: 801 West Washington Street (not recommended for Friday, July 31st)

•     Entrance is located between the Eitlejorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum (and across Washington Street from the Marriott Courtyard Hotel/JW Marriott complex).
•     Price: $6-$10. Mention you are with HART Shakespeare for the $6 price!
•     From the underground garage, exit the western pedestrian staircase and head west into White River State Park. The JW Marriott will be to your back and the NCAA Headquarters will be on your right. Stroll west along the canal until you reach the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs. The White River is our backdrop.
•     See accompanying Mobility Assistance information for a golf cart ride from the garage or from the Indiana State Museum drop-off circle.

2.     Indianapolis Zoo parking: 1200 West Washington Street: STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, especially for FRIDAY, JULY 31st

•     Zoo parking will remain open all three evenings for HART’s Shakespeare production
•     Price: $10 for general public; $6 for zoo members
•     From the Zoo parking lot, walk in between the Zoo entrance building and the White River Gardens (“butterfly”) building. Follow the sidewalk between these buildings and pass through an iron gate. You will then be on the old Washington Street pedestrian bridge. Simply walk east across the bridge (towards the JW Marriott) and the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre where HART performs will be on your left.

Photo courtesy of HART