March 27, 2012
Take one young man obsessed with death and one elderly woman consumed with living life to its fullest, their unlikely relationship is the quirky concept that made the 1971 film Harold and Maude such a cult classic. The play of the same name is on stage now at the Buck Creek Playhouse.
Harold, played by Evan Reed is a 19-year-old teen with an overbearing mother. He copes with his father's death by faking his suicide on a daily basis. He is awkward and socially inept. He spends his time frequenting funerals of strangers and it's at one of these that he meets Maude, a 79-year-old woman who is bursting with energy and passion.
Serita Borgeas plays the elderly free spirit who turns Harold's world upside down. Her eccentric lifestyle intimidates him at first, but soon a sweet friendship blossoms. Borgeas makes the show come alive with her vivacious performance. Her cavalier attitude is infectious. She makes their unique love story believable. It takes a woman with decades of experience and a lust for trying new things each day to teach Harold how to appreciate life.
The play, directed by Cheryl Fesmire, is a wonderful reminder to live life to it's fullest. There are some adult themes, so it might not be appropriate for kids.
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For more information about the Buck Creek Players, visit www.buckcreekplayers.com The theater is located at 11150 Southeastern Avenue Acton, IN 46259 and directions can be found on their website.
Performances: The show runs until April 1 and offers three performances a week, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: To purchase tickets, call 317-862-2270...Prices range from $13 to $15.
Photos Courtesy of the Buck Creek Players.
March 21, 2012
Fallen Angels is currently on the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Upperstage. The Nöel Coward’s farce serves up a frothy treat, just like the champagne the characters drink throughout the show. The 2 ½ hour production has two intermissions, but the time flies by as the three act play provides continuous laughs.
As is the case in all farces, there is confusion and hilarity. Two “happily” married women watch their lives unravel when they receive a postcard from an old lover announcing his imminent arrival. Their husbands have left for a golfing weekend and the wives are left alone to sort through the mess before they return. It’s all restraint and repression at first, but rapid fire dialogue and copious amounts of alcohol quickly liven things up.
The subject matter is tame by today’s standards, but when it was written in 1925, it must have been scandalous. The two couples, Jane and Willy and Julia and Fred, have the perfect stiff upper lip relationships. Set in 1950s London, the play showcases elegant costumes, from the women’s evening gowns to the men’s cardigans.
Willy is played by Eric Parks, a performer at the American Players Theatre in Wisconsin and is making his IRT debut (Check out APT's 2012 season here). He, along with the three other leads, show us what happens when women are caught in the throes of romantic memories and their men take them for granted.
Saunders, the housekeeper, played by Susan Felder, is absolutely the highlight of the show. Whether she’s giving advice or playing guitar, she steals every scene she’s in. She seems to know a little bit about everything and provides a helping hand for the dithering women.
There's no shortage of laughs at the IRT right now. You can take your pick between the modern comedy, God of Carnage on the main stage or the period farce Fallen Angels on the Upperstage. Either way, make sure you see at least one of the shows. You'll be in for a funny night.
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The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St.,Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "Fallen Angels" runs until Sunday,April 15 on IRT's Upperstage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com
Photos Courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre
March 19, 2012
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre's 2012-2013 season from Artistic Director Robert J. Sorbera will include the following shows:
A Chorus Line (Sept. 7 – 22, 2012): This award-winning musical, directed by Civic veteran Ron Morgan (The Drowsy Chaperone) gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of Broadway dancers as they audition for the chorus line. Set on a bare stage, the dancers reveal the secrets of their past and what shaped them into the dancers they are today. Featuring signature numbers “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love” and “One,” A Chorus Line is sure to be “one singular sensation.”
The Woman in Black (Oct. 22 – Nov. 10, 2012): In this play within a play starring just two actors, Arthur Kipps retells his personal encounter with the mysterious Woman in Black. Traveling to a small village to sort through the estate of his diseased client, he slowly uncovers the secret of the haunting Woman in Black. This eerie tale is sure to spook and stun the audience from beginning to end, with plenty of surprises along the way.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dec. 14, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013): Joseph is back by popular demand for the first time at Civic’s new home at the Tarkington. This completely-sung musical tells the biblical story of Joseph’s coat of many colors. Gifted to him by his father, Jacob, the coat is a source of jealousy for Joseph’s brothers. They go to great lengths to prevent his dreams from coming true, but later find that they may need his help. A great story for the whole family; jump back in time with catchy songs like “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph.”
The Fox on the Fairway (Feb. 8 – 23, 2013): From the same mind that brought you Lend Me a Tenor, comes The Fox on the Fairway, Ludwig’s tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 40s. Centered on a country club golf tournament, the elaborate plot mingles sports, romance and a not-so-friendly wager. Full of the slamming doors and double-entendres that made Ludwig famous, you won’t want to miss this dizzying comedy.
Into the Woods (Apr. 26 – May 11, 2013): Into the Woods is a classic musical that intertwines characters and plots from several Brothers Grimm tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. The story itself follows a baker and his wife as they embark on a quest to start a family. Set to a Tony Award-winning score, audiences will love “Giants in the Sky,” “I Know Things Now” and “Last Midnight.”
Season subscriptions for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s 2012-13 season at the Tarkington are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Civic’s Box Office at 317.923.4597 or visiting CivicTheatre.org.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is the largest of more than 70 community theaters in Indiana. It is also one of the 10 largest active community theaters in the United States and is considered to be one of the nation's longest continuously operating community theaters. The theatre has been a vital part of the city's cultural landscape, serving audiences and cast and crew members from Indianapolis, Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Greenfield, Greenwood, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville and other communities throughout Central Indiana for 95 years. Civic is the principal resident theatre company of the Tarkington Theater, a 500-seat state-of-the-art proscenium theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
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March 5, 2012
The Tony-award-winning play God of Carnage is currently on the Indiana Repertory Theatre's main stage. The adult comedy is a 90 minute show with no intermission and provides an intense look at what happens when two couples are thrown together to resolve a scuffle between their young sons. Although it sounds like it might make for dour material, the show is hilarious.
Don’t let the homey set lull you into a false sense of security. Though the cast may seem polite enough on the surface, their immature tendencies are lurking just below the surface and need only the slightest provocation to be released.
IRT’s playwright in residence, James Still directs. Still is always at his best when telling a character driven story and this one is no exception. With his excellent guidance the characters, which are somewhat unlikeable, are also incredibly relatable. It's hard not to see a little bit of yourself in the couples as they spiral away from social niceties.
Ryan Artzberger plays Alan, a high-strung, career-driven lawyer and Constance Macy is Annette, his wife who tries to keep the peace. Their son, Henry, initiated the fight. The second couple is played by Shannon Holt as Veronica, a snobby idealist, and Tim Grimm as her down-to-earth but unsympathetic husband Michael, who has many of the play's best lines.
The show hinges on a steady stream of dialogue and escalating emotions and the four actors chemistry. The four work incredibly well together, making the heighten tensions palpable and the breaking point inevitable. Allegiances change in the blink of an eye as they find common ground and lose it just as quickly.
This comedy proves we’re never far from a playground brawl.
On a side note, the IRT has a “Find Nibbles” campaign to promote the show. They have placed plush hamsters throughout downtown and if you find him, the IRT will reward you with a free ticket to God of Carnage. For more information visit www.facebook.com/findnibbles
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The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "God of Carnage" runs until Saturday, March 24 on IRT's Main Stage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com
Photos Courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre