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IRT Performs The Cay January 28 – February 26

Actors David Alan Anderson and Dalyn Stewart. Photo by Amber Mills.

Amid a war-torn 1942, a young white boy and an older black man find themselves stranded on a Caribbean island in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) The Cay, on the Upperstage from January 28 through February 26.

In this story of opposites, The Cay follows a friendship that blossoms despite racial division as Phillip (played by Dalyn Stewart) and Timothy (played by David Alan Anderson) learn that without each other, neither will survive. Together, the duo brings Theodore Taylor’s award-winning novel to life and share that despite age, upbringing or race, friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Taking place on a set that brings to life a variety of circumstances and locations, the characters survive being stranded at sea, tossed amidst a hurricane and deserted on an island. Geoffrey Ehrendreich, IRT Properties Manager, believes thecomplexity and creativity of the set to be the best work of the season.

“My favorite theatre is when you have to use your imagination, and this production encourages just that,” said director and IRT dramaturg, Richard J Roberts, revealing that the sound effects have been created using musical instruments and theprops, including two giant palm trees, have been fashioned from items one might find washed ashore after a shipwreck.

“This production asks the audience to look beyond the surface reality of stage objects and imagine a world of natural wonders, just as the characters must look beyond their personal differences and see the possibilities of friendship,” said Roberts.

Celebrate the New Year, with new friendships found only in the IRT’s The Cay. Learn more about this production by visiting irtlive.com.

SOURCE: Indiana Repertory Theatre

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Buck Creek Players proudly present A Little Christmas Spirit

November 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. December 2, 9 & 16 at 2:30 p.m. All performances at Buck Creek Playhouse | 11150 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46259 Directed by KENNETH C. KERN J.D. Morse has been looking high and low for a special Christmas gift for his grandson. Finally, […]

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Theater Review: The Woman in Black at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

The Woman in Black, based on a novel by Susan Hill and adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, was a rather underwhelming experience at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel.  I’m still trying to trace the root of my issues with the play and in my opinion, its lack of thrills.  Maybe I’m […]

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IRT’s 2012-2013 Season in Full Swing

The Indiana Repertory Theatre kicked off its 41st season with a new take on the old classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The upcoming season will feature Grammy-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair in an unforgettable production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music;”updated classics like A Midsummer Night’s Dream; a world premiere by James Still; a remarkable debut from playwright Matthew Lopez and the return of Millicent Wright as the voice of Charlayne Woodard. The IRT promises to inspire, entertain and move its audiences with another great year of the highest quality of professional theatre artistry.

Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.

IRT’s 2012-2013 One America Season Presents:

(1)  Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

September 5-30

A smart, sexy and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

Going Solo Festival

September 18 – October 13

This festival will feature two intimate one-actor plays, one yet to be announced.

(2)  The Night Watcher, by Charlayne Woodard

September 20-October 15

Family ties reach beyond blood in this moving, one-woman piece by acclaimed playwright Charlayne Woodard. Investigating the social and cultural challenges that come with raising kids, Woodard’s tales of her “children” are transfixing and tragic.

(3)  TBA – the second play in the Going Solo Festival has not yet been released.

(4)  The House That Jack Built, by James Still

October 30-November 25

The world premiere from IRT Playwright-in-Resident James Still takes us to a rambling Thanksgiving get together in Vermont where friendship and family are intertwined and memories of the past have a place at the table.

(5)  A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, presented by St.Vincent Health

November 25- December 24

Join Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of spirited ghosts in this timeless story of regret and redemption.

(6)  Jackie and Me, by Steven Dietz, adapted from the book by Dan Gutman

January 11-February 16

A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him travelling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. T

(7)  A Little Night Music, by Steven Sondheim

January 23-February 17

This captivating tale of romance and loss exquisitely reminds us: the best dance is done with a partner you love. Inspired by one of Ingmar Bergman’s most enchanting films,Send In The Clowns. Starring international vocalist Sylvia McNair.

(8)  The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez

March 5-24

As the Civil War comes to a bloody close, a Passover Seder in a shattered antebellum mansion reveals hidden truths about the nature of freedom and the frailty of family. Everyone carries scars in this emotionally stirring period drama that binds three men whose world has changed forever.

(9)  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

April 10-May 12

Mistaken identities, love charms and magical encounters all run amok in Shakespeare’s classic comedy set in an Athenian forest inhabited by sprites, fairies and a group of amorous couples who change partners at the drop of a spell.

For more information, visit http://www.irtlive.com/.

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SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious at IndyFringe Theatre

Following on the coat tails of his award-winning one-man show Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee, one of Jay Gabler’s (of the Twin CIty Daily Planet) top ten plays of 2011, Seth Lepore continues with the second part of his trilogy on the underbelly of the self-help movement.

SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious is a stranger-than-fiction satire about the war on thought. The underbelly of the self-help movement is exposed turning the happiness industry on its head. Think you know happiness? Think again!

From Texas megachurches turned motivational hothouses, to the latest testament of self-actualization from Oprah’s Book Club, nothing is safe from Lepore’s scrutinizing looking glass.

When: Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 PM
Where: IndyFringe Basile Theatre 719 E St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
How Much: $10 general, $8 students. Tickets are available at http://indyfringe.org

This post was submitted by Seth Lepore.

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Buck Creek Players proudly presents THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

A Musical Within A Comedy!

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by 
Bob Martin & Don McKellar

June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.
June 3, 10 & 17 at 2:30 p.m.

All performances at Buck Creek Playhouse | 11150 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46259

Directed & Choreographed by D. SCOTT ROBINSON

To chase his blues away, a modern-day musical theater addict known simply as “Man in Chair” drops the needle on his favorite LP — the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life around him in his apartment, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her tipsy chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover, and a pair of gangsters disguised as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the magic of live theater.

Tickets can be reserved online at http://www.buckcreekplayers.com or by phone at 317.862.2270.


The Fourth Wall at the White Rabbit Cabaret on May 10th

The Indiana based “hybrid arts” ensemble, The Fourth Wall, will make its debut in Indianapolis this month with a performance at the White Rabbit Cabaret on Thursday, May 10th at 8pm.
21 and over, $5 at the door.

Audiences will see a flute player dancing “en pointe” as she plays the character of a mechanical ballerina, a trombone player singing and playing at the same time (while playing a percussion instrument attached to his hat) and a percussionist playing half of a flute. And that is only a small part of what they do – you have to see it to believe it.

The Fourth Wall is a unique ensemble that explores a hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, the ensemble commissions new works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps from the stage. The Fourth Wall is comprised of flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons and percussionist Greg Jukes. The ensemble has presented their unique style of performing from coast to coast, mainly at universities, so these public performances will be the first chance for Indianapolis audiences to experience the hybrid arts.

Please note that while The Fourth Wall’s performances are appropriate for all ages, the White Rabbit is a 21 and over establishment. Doors open at 7 pm and the performance begins at 8 pm. There is a $5 cover charge at the door

For more information about The Fourth Wall, please visit www.thefourthwallensemble.com

This post was submitted by Greg Jukes.

Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents a fun and flirty new show as the perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. Making its Indianapolis debut Dec. 28, Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque takes the stage for just 10 tantalizing performances before the 2012 Season kicks off in January.

Starring Beef & Boards funnymen Doug Stark and Jeff Stockberger, together with Milo himself, Baggy Pants Burlesque takes audiences back to the best of playful Vaudeville entertainment.

Baggy Pants Burlesque has 10 performances scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, including a special New Year’s Eve performance, which is sold out. All remaining tickets are $49. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee and tea. Parking is free. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Box Office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, including show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

Beef & Boards is giving this production a PG-13 rating.

This post was submitted by Patricia Rettig.

Indy Magic Monthly, December 6, 2011

World famous magician Francis Menotti returns to Taylor Martin’s Indy Magic Monthly, Dec. 6. Known as a “magician’s magician” Francis will be presenting his incredible sleight of hand and illusions. Joining him is the return of the World’s Greatest Unknown Vaudeville Magician, Anthony The Great. His last appearance with IMM left the audience wanting more. Presented by Daddy Real Entertainment, IMM is the longest running monthly variety series in Indy. For ticket information go to indymagicmonthly.com.

Show begins at 7:30 PM at Theatre On The Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave. Indianapolis, IN. For directions and more information about TOTS shows go to TOTS.org.

Next show is Jan. 3rd with an Illusions Restaurant Reunion.

This post was submitted by Taylor Martin.

Singin’ In The Rain at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – There is rain coming down this fall at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. But not on the roof – it’s on the stage!
The refreshing, romantic comedy “Singin’ In The Rain” – the stage version of one of MGM’s most celebrated films – has poured onto the Beef & Boards stage with performances continuing through Oct. 9.

Set in 1920s Hollywood, this classic is the story of Don Lockwood, a famous actor in silent films. His success is shared by his co-star, Lina Lamont, but – at least for Don — their romance is only for the screen. When they star in their first talking movie, Lina’s grating voice causes studio executives to arrange for the voice of the beautiful young actress, Kathy Selden, to be used instead. When Lina finds out, she is furious. While Don has eyes for the lovely Kathy, Lina isn’t about to be pushed aside – on screen, or off.

Timothy Ford returns to Beef & Boards to reprise his 2006 role as Don Lockwood, while Sara Brophy plays his love interest, Kathy Selden. Beef & Boards favorites Sarah Hund and Doug King play the roles of Lina Lamont and Cosmo Brown (Don Lockwood’s zany friend and sidekick).

There are 47 performances of “Singin’ In The Rain” scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $59, and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee, tea and lemonade. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Box Office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

“Singin’ In The Rain” is sponsored in part by the National Bank of Indianapolis. For more information, including complete show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

This post was submitted by Patricia Rettig.