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Cry It Out

Six week after giving birth I braved the outside world with my daughter for the first time completely on my own. We went to a breastfeeding support group at a local hospital. I was completely overwhelmed, sleep-deprived and somehow managed to get lost in the winding corridors. The adventure ended with me in tears in an elevator. I don’t often share personal details here, but the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Cry It Out hit close to home for me.

Becoming a new parent is one of the most intense things you can experience. It is exhausting and beautiful and it brings you to your knees. It’s full of barely comprehensible paradoxes. You are immediately connected to generations of women who have done this incredible thing before you. You are also isolated as you try to learn how to survive while caring for a helpless newborn. The internet becomes a resource for tips and ideas while also becoming a place full of moms making different choices, ready to tell you how you’ve screwed up. I’ve ne…
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Million Dollar Quartet

In 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins spent one evening jamming together at Sun Studios. The group was referred to as the "Million Dollar Quartet" and the recording became famous. Years later a musical was made to commemorate that famous night and the show is on stage now at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Each actor brings a unique vibe to the production. Brian Michael Henry's Lewis is petulant but buzzing with energy and ambition. Christopher Wren is an incredibly talented guitarist and plays the snarky Perkins as brimming with bitterness. Edward La Cardo embraces the extreme physicality of his role as Elvis and nails the vocals, but doesn't quite capture the inherent charm of the crooner. Last but not least, Justin Figueroa's performance as the quiet, smoldering Johnny Cash just makes the show. His baritone notes and calm demeanor make you lean in and really listen every time he approaches a microphone. Jill Kelly Howe and Edd…

Phoenix Announces 2018/19 Season

The Phoenix Theatre is excited to announce its 2018/19 season. This will be its first full season is its new home on Illinois Street. 
Bright Star  Music, book, and story by Steve Martin and music, lyrics, and story by Edie Brickell Sept. 21-Oct. 7
Cabaret Poe by Ben Asaykwee (a co-production with Q Artistry)  Oct. 5-Nov. 4
A Very Phoenix Xmas 13: Merry Superstitious by Various Artists Nov. 23-Dec. 23
Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett Jan. 11-Jan. 27
The Hotel Nepenthe by John Kuntz March 1-March 24
The Christians by Lucas Hnath March 29-April 14
The Children by Lucy Kirkwood April 26-May 19
White City Murder by Ben Asaykwee (a co-production with Q Artistry)  June 14-July 7
For more information about these shows or to purchase tickets, please visit PhoenixTheatre.org or call (317) 635-7529. 
Photo courtesy of Zach Rosing. 

Forbidden Broadway

When the Theatre on the Square closed the Indy theatre community couldn't help but worry and speculate about what would happen next. It breathed a collective sigh of relief when the building was saved. Now named The District Theatre, the Mass Ave space opens its doors with the musical Forbidden Broadway.

The show is a wink and an elbow to the ribs to all theatre lovers and provides a chance to laugh at campy renditions of well-known songs. No beloved musical is safe from skewering. From Les Misérables to Lion King, everything is fair game. The show is a production from the Actors Theatre of Indiana and stars all three co-founders (Don Farrell, Cynthia Collins and Judy Fitzgerald), plus a fourth performer, Logan Moore. The company usually performs in Carmel and so their southern migration is a treat for those who prefer Mass Ave to braving the world of roundabouts.  Throughout the show, Brent Marty provides piano accompaniment as the actors ham it up. His musical stylings keep things…

Silent Sky

There's a new theatre company in town and its inaugural production is not to be missed. Summit Performance Indianapolis, co-founded by Lauren Briggeman and Georgeanna Smith Wade, opened Silent Sky at the Phoenix Theatre this past weekend. The play by Lauren Gunderson tells the true story of the astronomer Henrietta Leavitt who worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. It is an astonishing piece of theatre. 

Carrie Schlatter plays Henrietta Leavitt, the driving force in the powerful production. With each breath she takes she exudes curiosity and a fierce drive. Her passion for her work is infectious. In her new role Henrietta has two female co-workers. Molly Garner is the no nonsense Annie Cannon. She is the straight woman to Gigi Jennewein's Williamina who fills her scenes, and their small work space, with a delightful sense of levity. Adam Tran is their colleague Peter Shaw, who finds himself just as fascinated with Henrietta as the audience is. 
Devan Mathias provi…

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 …

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…