May 31, 2016

Hamlet

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Yet centuries later the themes of his plays prove timeless and relevant. Hamlet, a First Folio production currently being staged at Ben Davis, tells the familiar tale of a young man consumed by grief and revenge. The plot of Hamlet, like so many of Shakespeare's other works, could've been written today

This production has been edited down to a brisk 2 hours. Extended scenes with the players and characters like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern end up on the cutting room floor, but the show flows beautifully. A few rearranged scenes and the audience is thrown into the action quickly and left hanging when the intermission comes. Glenn Dobbs direction keeps things moving smoothly.  The whole show feels more action packed than other more reflective stagings. The final swordfight, choreographed by Scott Russell, is one of the best I’ve seen. Each fighter has a sword and dagger and they duel with convincing speed and precision.

Our Hamlet is played by Carey Shea with complete dedication. He’s at once astounded by his mother’s choices, disgusted by his uncle’s treachery, and delighted as his plots to catch them out come to fruition. Devan Matthias’ Ophelia is a casualty in his war to avenge his father. When her sanity snaps it doesn’t do so subtly.   

Two other stand outs in the cast are Polonius, played by Tom Weingartner and Matt Anderson’s Claudius. Polonius is nauseatingly pompous and long-winded. He is the quintessential know-it-all. Meanwhile Claudius comes across as more morally conflicted in this version. Despite his dark deeds there is room for guilt and confliction in Anderson’s portrayal. 

There will never be a shortage of Hamlet productions, but this one shouldn’t be missed. With a few steampunk elements, a streamlined plot, and an excellent cast it’s an accessible version for anyone to enjoy.
Don't Miss the Show 
The show runs until Sunday, June 5 at Ben Davis High School (1200 North Girls School Road, Indianapolis) so hurry to get tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets call (317) 988-7966 or online here.
 


Photos by Joe Konz

April 11, 2016

Broadway Across America Announces 2016/17 Season


Broadway Across America is thrilled to announce the 2015/16 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale.
  
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
November 15-20, 2016     
Clowes Memorial Hall

The Sound of Music
January 10-15, 2017
Old National Centre

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
February 7-12, 2017
Old National Centre

Motown the Musical
March 28-April 2, 2017
Old National Centre

Kinky Boots
May 16-21, 2017 
Clowes Memorial Hall

Jersey Boys
February 28-March 5, 2017 
Clowes Memorial Hall

Season tickets are on sale with THREE ways to purchase:

1. Select your seats in person at the Broadway in Indianapolis Box Office in the Old National Centre at 502 N New Jersey Street, Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
2. Order online 7 days a week/24 hours a day at www.BroadwayinIndianapolis.com
3. Call the Broadway Across America toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at 800-793-7469. The Hotline hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Prices for the five-show season ticket package range between $140-$495 depending on seat location.

April 4, 2016

IRT 2016/17 Season Announcement


The IRT is thrilled to announce the 2016/17 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale now.
 
The Three Musketeers
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
September 20 – October 15
The IRT opens its season with The Three Musketeers, which tells the story of an eager young lad from the provinces who arrives in Paris to join the king’s guard. He finds intrigue, love and plenty of crossed swords. The Three Musketeers is a legendary tale of danger and daring, royalty and romance.  

Finding Home: Indiana at 200
A collaboration from writers across the state
October 18 – November 13
The world premiere of Finding Home: Indiana at 200 delves into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems, the celebrated and the scandalous, with a bicentennial collection created by writers from all over the state. Featuring songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable. 

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tom Haas
November 19 – December 24
Returning to the stage, A Christmas Carol allows the spirit of Christmas to bring new life to Ebenezer Scrooge in his journey from dark night of the soul to bright joyous morning. Celebrate the season with Indianapolis’s favorite holiday tradition. God bless us, every one!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
January 10 – February 4 
It’s 1967 and the world is changing, but the Draytons are open minded and forward thinking—until their white daughter brings home a black fiancĂ©. Cultures clash and family ties are tested in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a witty and thoughtful look into the power of the human heart.
 
Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
January 28 – February 26
Amid the dangers of World War II, a privileged young white boy and a resourceful old black man are marooned on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Adapted from the award-winning children’s novel, The Cay tells a story of overcoming both hardship and prejudice, reminding us that friendship has no boundaries.

E.B. White’s Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
February 25 – March 26
For a third year, the IRT presents an Exploring Stages production for its youngest audiences. This year, Stuart Little comes to life in the IRT Cabaret. Everyone’s favorite mouse lives a happy life with his human family and his friend Margolo the bird—as long as he can avoid that sinister feline, Snowball. The beloved children’s book becomes a lively stage event brimming with invention and imagination.

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
March 7 – April 1
It’s the swinging sixties in Paris, where a swanky bachelor’s pad is the setting for Boeing Boeing. As three stunning stewardesses experience interlocking flight schedules, what could possibly go wrong? Doors slam and courses collide in this riotous romantic romp.

Miranda
By James Still
March 28 – April 23
A CIA operative working in the Middle East goes through a mind-bending existential crisis. Who are her friends? Who is the enemy? And just who is Miranda? The IRT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, James Still, brings us Miranda, a psychological riddle set in the world’s most explosive region.

Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott
April 25 – May 21
A retired tennis pro plots the murder of his wife—but when she turns the tables on her attempted assailant, she is convicted of murder. Can the police detective who brought her to trial now decipher the clues that will save her life? Dial “M” for Murder weaves an ever tightening web of danger and deception.

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