September 28, 2016

Indy Bard Fest

Indy's Shakespeare festival is back for a second year! The annual event runs from October 13 through October 30. The three main shows this year are Coriolanus, King Lear, and Twelfth Night.

Founded by & managed in partnership with The Carmel Theatre Company, First Folio Productions, Catalyst Repertory (formerly CRP) & The Garfield Shakespeare Company. Bard Fest Indy was founded by 3 Indiana-based theatre companies to bring a professional quality, yet intimate, Shakespeare festival experience to central Indiana. Through their partnership with The Carmel Theatre Company, Bard Fest is able to not only provide paying work for local area actors, but also provide 3 unique visions under one intimate roof.

Opening Weekend Celebration:
Opening weekend will include buy-one-get-one tickets to the Shakespeare anchor shows, and will also feature two special guest shows by the critically acclaimed Fringe performer and classical literature scholar, Timothy Mooney. They are also bringing back Shakespeare Trivia (with prizes to local shows).

Special Showcases by Timothy Mooney:
Lot O' Shakespeare is a game-show like whirl-wind hour of Shakespeare monologues performed by a one-man force of theatre, spin the wheel, hear a monologue! Perfect for the whole family to reacquaint themselves to the Bard before catching one of our full-length Shakespearean offerings. Spin the wheel, make a request, win prizes, and see Shakespeare!

Breakneck Hamlet is just what the show's name suggests a Hamlet that goes so fast it could break your neck! See the critically acclaimed Fringe hit show that has taken the circuit by storm and you might even get a better understanding of the Bard's masterpiece. This show has been selling out all-over the European Fringe circuit (even Denmark!) and is NOT to be missed. It's only an hour, what have you got to lose?

$45 FLEX PASS: See all 5 Bard Fest shows for the price of 4! With your Flex Pass you can see each of the 3 Bard Fest Shakespeare Shows, as well as, the 2 special opening weekend Showcases. Flex Passes are only available by calling our box office at 317-688-8876.

*Group Rates for 8 or more are also available with the box office. (Group Rates save $3 per ticket / Tickets are $12 each.)
$15 BARD FEST SHAKESPEARE SHOWS: Our 3 annual Shakespeare anchor shows are only $15 each. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office, online ( or by clicking the show images above.
$10 SHOWCASE SHOWS: Every year, Bard Fest tries to host some special hour-long showcase performances for just $10! Tickets for these are available online at or by calling the box office.

For more information, visit their website here. 

September 26, 2016

The Three Musketeers

The world undoubtedly needs a bit more swashbuckling. The Indiana Repertory Theatre opens its 45th season with the classic tale of The Three Musketeers. The show is adventurous and hilarious. It never takes itself too seriously, especially in the first act, and it's incredibly fun because of that. 

Jeb Burris plays D’Artagnan with an unending stream of earnestness. He's captivating as a young man devoted to king, country, and the woman he loves. Milady de Winter (Elizabeth Laidlaw) is a classic femme fatale. She is haughty and dangerous, and completely enthralling. Ryan Artzberger, David Folsom, and Nathan Hosner play the title musketeers as Athos, Porthos, and Aramis respectively. They are moody, reflective or jovial in all the right measures. In one scene Artzberger makes a murder feel almost like a prayer.

The show is directed by Henry Woronicz, who starred in the one-man show An Iliad in 2013. This is his first time directing at the IRT and it's not a disappointment. Under his deft hand, the comical adventure takes a tragic twist in the second act. Though the focus remains set on adventure, we dig a bit deeper into the characters' back stories and the light banter turns to more weighty subjects. This particular adaptation includes some clever story telling moments with silhouettes and flashbacks. 

The set is sparse, allowing for elaborate sword fights courtesy of Paul Dennhardt, who serves as the fight director. The costumes include big leather boots that would make a pirate proud and hats plumed with ostentatious feathers. There were only a few moments in the show when the  campiness leaned into cheesiness, but the audience loved it.

The production is a perfect season opener. It swings the IRT's doors wide and yells to Indy, "Come in! We're having a blast in here." Though it is an entertaining romp at times, the darker points means it's not appropriate for little kids.   

Don't Miss the Show 
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. "The Three Musketeers" runs until Oct. 15 on IRT's OneAmerica Mainstage. Times for performances can be found at or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at
Photos courtesy of the IRT

September 7, 2016

EclecticPond 2016/17 Season Announcement

EclecticPond Theatre Company proudly presents 6th season lineup!

ETC is on a roll. A new Artistic Director. A new vision. Drankspeare: A 2016 IndyFringe Top-Selling Show*. And we've barely just begun this year. Now, we are thrilled to share with you, EclecticPond Theatre Company's 2016-17 Season:

Written by: William Shakespeare...mostly
Directed by: Thomas Cardwell
September 2016: White Rabbit Cabaret
Winter 2017: CSz Indianapolis, Home of ComedySportz
Romeo & Juliet in under an hour...and under the influence.  Back from a successful run at the IndyFringe Theatre Festival, join the cast of Drankspeare in a one-night encore performance with An Evening with the Authors at The White Rabbit Cabaret on Friday, September 23rd, 2016.  
Want even more Drankspeare?  Well, you're in luck; join us at CSz Indianapolis-Home of ComedySportz for additional performances Winter 2017.

Black Maria
Written by: Bennett Ayres
Directed by: Benjamin Schuetz
February 2017
Indianapolis.  Fourth of July.  1910.
Hatton is an amoral, disgraced, and demoted police officer who will bribe, intimidate, and kill to accomplish his nefarious plan.  The brief appearance of James Whitcomb Riley, the Columbia Club, and other familiar Indiana locations paint a vivid, original period piece that provides a timely narrative of police brutality against minorities.  

The Misanthrope
 By: Molière
Adapted by: EclecticPond Theatre Company
Spring 2017
When opposites attract, does anybody win?  Set in 1987, this classical comedy of manners will be a totally radical celebration of all things late '80s.

Jane Eyre: The Musical
Music, Lyrics, and Book by: Paige Scott
July 2017
A cabaret-style, original musical written by ETC Production Associate, Paige Scott (Lobby Channel, Bomb on a Bus, The Tempest: Adrift in Time), based upon the novel by Charlotte Brontë.  

For more information visit their website here

September 1, 2016

Beef & Boards announces 2017 Season

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2017 season. 

Shear Madness (Dec. 29, 2016 – Jan. 29)

The season starts Dec. 29 with the Beef & Boards debut of the hilarious hair-raising hit: Shear Madness. The longest-running play in American history, this madcap comedy takes place in a not-so-typical hair salon. When the old lady upstairs is mysteriously murdered, the audience combs through the clues, questions the suspects and determines “whodunnit” so the show is different every time it’s presented! On stage through Jan. 29, Shear Madness contains some innuendo and adult humor, and appropriate for ages 13 and above. 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Feb. 2 – March 26)     

Starting Feb. 2, the Bible meets Broadway in the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The famous story about the trials and triumphs of Jacob’s favorite son is told in a variety of musical genres in this colorful seven-time Tony Award nominee. Songs include “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do.” On stage through March 26. 

My Fair Lady (March 30 – May 14)

Returning to the Beef & Boards stage after 20 years is My Fair Lady, Broadway’s version of the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. When Professor Higgins wagers he can transform a scruffy cockney flower seller into a respectable lady, he gets more than he bargained for with Eliza Doolittle. Songs include “I could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it’s on stage through May 14. 

Shrek, the Musical (May 18 – July 2)      

The swamp takes the stage for the first time at Beef & Boards on May 18 in Shrek the Musical. Based on the animated Oscar-winning film and a Tony Award winner, Shrek is the featured Family Show of the 2017 Season, offering $10 discounts for kids ages 3-15. An ogre wants to be left alone in his swamp, but when his home is threatened he embarks on a life-changing quest with a wisecracking Donkey to free a feisty princess who resists her rescue. On stage through July 2. 

Ring of Fire (July 6 – Aug. 13)

Also making its Beef & Boards debut in 2017 is Ring of Fire, opening July 6. Johnny Cash’s iconic songbook inspires a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, home and family. More than two dozen classic hits, including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue” and the title tune, paint a musical portrait of the Man in Black. On stage through Aug. 13. 

West Side Story  (Aug. 17 – Oct. 1)

Then opening on Aug. 17 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to the streets of New York City in Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s collaboration: West Side Story. Marking its 60th anniversary in 2017, this Tony Award-winning and relevant musical drama follows two young lovers who struggle to survive in a world of hate. Songs include “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria” and “Tonight.” On stage through Oct. 1. 

Ghost, the Musical (Oct. 5 – Nov. 19)

The fourth show to make its debut at Beef & Boards in 2017, Ghost, the Musical, opening Oct. 5. Based on the hit film, Ghost tells about Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a psychic for help. On stage through Nov. 19. 

A Beef & Boards Christmas 2017 (Nov. 24 – Dec. 23)

Celebrating its silver anniversary in 2017 is the show that wraps up the main stage season: A Beef & Boards Christmas. This original musical spectacular has been entertaining Indianapolis for 25 years, presenting the heartwarming sights and sounds of the season in a production that’s become a holiday tradition. Santa and his friends take the stage in a sparkling array of song and dance on stage Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. 

A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2 – 19)

Also returning in 2017 is Beef & Boards’ one-hour adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, on stage for select performances Dec. 2 through 19. Enhanced with holiday carols, this iconic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is given a second chance is the ideal way to enjoy the season. 

Photo courtesy of BDT Stage