July 21, 2016

HART Presents The Winter's Tale

One of my favorite annual Indy traditions is back this weekend! The Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre is presenting The Winter's Tale 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 Shakespeare on the Canal 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.

Seriously people, Indy is so lucky to have an outdoor Shakespeare event that is free and put on by amazingly talented people. Grab a Sun King brew, bring a picnic or buy food there, whatever you do, just get thee to the park!

July 15, 2016

The Phoenix Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season

The Phoenix Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2016/17 season. 

Peter and the Starcatcher 
by Rick Elice
September 22 – October 23, 2016
Based on the bestselling books by Dave Barry, this Tony Award-winning play tells the story of how a nameless orphan assumed his destiny as the beloved Peter Pan. Sailing towards an uncertain future in 1800's England, Peter encounters young, ambitious Molly on her mission to save the Queen's treasure from pirates. Taking charge and forging their own identities in an era when neither was a simple task, the duo paves the way for the legend to come.  Magic, adventure, and hijinks await in this heart-warming prequel to the classic story, sure to enchant and inspire all ages.

by Playwright-in-Residence Tom Horan
October 27 – November 20, 2016
20 years after Walter and Millie have passed away, a young woman named Emma moves into their abandoned home.  When she discovers Walter's tape recorder, she can't help but be drawn in by its strange collection of memories. The longer she stays in the house, the more consumed she becomes by the need to understand the couple's secrets... the key to which lies in a single missing tape—and Emma will stop at nothing to find it.  This world premiere of Playwright-in-Residence Tom Horan's newest work will find you guessing, hoping, and deeply moved.

A Very Phoenix Xmas 11: I’m Dreaming of an Intersectionally Thoughtful, Multicultural Winter Holiday
by Various Artists
November 25 – December 23, 2016
Join the Phoenix family for A Very Phoenix Xmas 11 as Indy's most irreverent holiday tradition goes global!  Full of laughs, stunts, and music, this madcap collection of holiday cheer will delight you with stories and inspiration from around the world.  Whether you love being home for the holidays or prefer the excitement of celebrating abroad, we invite you to spend this most joyful time of year with us!  An Indy favorite!

How to Use a Knife 
by Will Snider
January 19 – February 12, 2017
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Amidst the chaos of a New York City kitchen, Chef George is trying to turn his life around. As he struggles to stay sober, he must also contend with two spirited Guatemalan line-cooks, a pot-smoking busboy, an eerily quiet African dishwasher, and, of course, the lunch hour. But now immigration authorities are knocking at the door and it becomes apparent to George that his own life isn't the only one he holds in his hands. As secrets bubble to the surface and everything comes to a head, will this crew pull through?

The Christians
by Lucas Hnath
February 16 – March 12, 2017
Pastor Paul has been reflecting on his beliefs for quite some time now. Over the past few years, his church has grown from a small storefront to a mega-church with thousands of congregants and three services a day. On a day that should be a one of joy and celebration, Paul instead preaches a sermon that shakes the foundation of his followers' beliefs. Set in a monumental church and backed up by a spirited choir, The Christians searches beyond religion in order to explore the heart of the human spirit.

Sex with Strangers 
by Laura Eason                        
March 16 – April 9, 2017
Ethan and Olivia are strangers staying in a remote bed-and-breakfast, looking for some inspiration for their respective writing: Olivia is working on a novel she refuses to share, and Ethan is working on the screenplay for his bestselling book, Sex with Strangers. The two inexplicably connect and, well, you can guess where that leads.  As their connection grows, so does Olivia's hope for the future of her career... But will the weight of Ethan's past cripple their relationship?  And how will he cope when she earns the success and respect that he's always dreamed of?  Sex with Strangers is an honest and witty look at how love and work mix— or don't. 

The Open Hand 
by Robert Caisley
April 20 – May 14, 2017
Allison does not accept gifts. Not even on her birthday. Not even from her fiancĂ©. But when she finds herself without a wallet and unable to pay for a rather expensive lunch, she is forced to accept a stranger's generosity. With quirky storytelling and eccentric characters, this dark, urban comedy follows Allison as she goes to bizarre lengths to repay his kindness.

by Taylor Mac
May 18 – June 18, 2017
When Isaac is dishonorably discharged for a drug addiction, he comes home only to find nothing is how he left it. Liberated from the oppression of her marriage, Isaac's mother leads a crusade against the patriarchy alongside his sister, who is now a trans male anarchist and uses the pronouns 'ze' and 'hir.'  Meanwhile, his abusive father has become ill and downs estrogen pills against his will. An Alice-in-Wonderland look at the traditional family, Hir flips the script on gender power dynamics... but does destroying the past really free you from it? 

The Golem of Havana 
Book by Michel Hausmann; Music by Salomon Lerner and Lyrics by Len Schiff
June 22– July 18, 2017
Welcome to 1950's Havana. It's the brink of the Cuban Revolution, and a young Jewish girl envisions a champion for Cuba drawn from the Golem legends of her family's homeland in Hungary.  Her family, the Frankels, has only just begun to find their first fragile grasp on prosperity, and is now faced with a difficult decision: holding onto their security, or protecting their maid's son, an injured guerrilla fighter. Through the music and traditions of two worlds, The Golem of Havana weaves a story of hope, family, and sacrifice. 

Human Rites 
by Seth Rozin
July 29 – August 13, 2017
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Alan Friedman, a renowned professor, has come back from Sierra Leone with some surprising research on female circumcision. After students protest the controversial results, the college's African American dean, Michaela Richards, questions whether Alan, as a white male, could have gathered accurate data. It is decided that the study will be conducted again, this time by graduate student Lydian Namandu, a member of the Kono People of Sierra Leone, in hopes that her position as a member of the community will help gather honest results. Turning western perceptions on their heads, Human Rites provides keen insight into academia and cultural divides.


Tickets and FlexPasses for Phoenix Theatre’s 2016-2017 will be on sale soon.They may be purchased by calling the box office at 317.635.7529 or visiting phoenixtheatre.org.  Curtain times for productions are: Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.  Curtain time for Wednesday performances of A Very Phoenix Xmas 11 is 7 pm.

Photo by Stage Write Indy.

May 31, 2016


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.