July 13, 2011

Church Basement Ladies 2


The Lutheran ladies are back with more songs and exclamations of "Uffda!" After last year's show "Church Basement Ladies" proved such a popular musical, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre decided to offer audiences a second helping. The same cast has returned to bring their characters back to life.

Part SNL Church Basement Lady and part sweet Midwestern hometown tale, the plot follows four very different women through a few life changes in 1969 and 1970. One of the show's greatest strengths is the diverse group brought together on the stage. One woman is old, another young, a couple have been married for years, another is a newly wed, another widowed. In addition to the females, there is the pastor, who still trying to find his footing in the church as America moves into a new decade. Each character brings a unique perspective to the table.


The cast seem like it's having fun, which is crucial for the success of a show like this. The playful atmosphere they create is contagious. Though some of the jokes and bits aren't as fresh as they were the first time around, there's still enough new material to entertain, especially with numbers like "Get Back in the Game."

Church Basement Ladies 2 is the perfect, clean show for church groups and families alike. It touches on serious issues as well as the amusing, sprinkling in life lessons along with the laughs. Up next at B&B is the always entertaining show, Singin' in the Rain. Tickets are sure to go fast, so don't wait to get yours.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show runs until Aug. 28. 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 $35 to $58 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet. This production offers discounts, call the box office for more details.

Photos Courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

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