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Guys and Dolls

The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre closes its first season in its new Carmel location with the classic musical Guys and Dolls. Men strut their stuff in zoot suits as they juggle their dames and crap games in this fun production.

Sky Masterson (Nathanael Welch), is a gambler set in his bachelor ways when his path crosses with Sarah, a beautiful woman set on saving sinners. Welch does a wonderful job playing the smooth-talking Sky. He really has a chance to show off his vocal skills in “Luck Be a Lady."

Laura Lockwood embodies the role of Miss Adelaide, the long-suffering fiancĂ© of Nathan Detroit (J.D. Walls). She steals the show with her hilarious and nasally renditions of “Take Back Your Mink” and “Adelaide’s Lament.”

Nicely-Nicely Johnson, played by Craig Underwood, lit the audience up with his performance of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” He plays the good-natured character with gusto and has wonderful buddy comedy chemistry with Benny (Troy Johnson).

The set, designed by Robert Koharchik, was one of the absolute highlights of the whole show. Buildings rise in whimsical curves and then it transforms in an instant to become the Hot Box night club, the mission office, the sewer tunnels or a Havana restaurant. Koharchik’s design made the transformations smooth and quick.

Guys and Dolls provides audiences with a playful musical about opposites attracting and it’s a great way to say goodbye to a wonderful season.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show closes May 12. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tarkington is located at 3 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032 at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $32 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting

Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre