Melissa Hall

Melissa Hall My name is Melissa Hall and I've been reviewing theater in the Midwest since 2006. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoy our city's thriving local arts scene. When I'm not at the theatre I can usually be found at home with my husband, daughter and dog. I love to travel and read and by day I'm the director of communications for a state association. I am a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. I love having the chance to let people know about the shows that are currently being produced around town. I believe a night out at the theatre is always a unique experience, whether you love Shakespeare or My Fair Lady.


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BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory TheatreBWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory Theatre
Posted: Mar. 13, 2017


BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National CenterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National Center
Posted: Feb. 9, 2017


BWW Review: Touring KINKY BOOTS Charms at Clowes Memorial HallBWW Review: Touring KINKY BOOTS Charms at Clowes Memorial Hall
May 17, 2017

Kinky Boots is the story of Charlie, a young man who inherits his father's failing shoe factory in England. In a last ditch effort to keep the business going, he joins forces with a drag queen named Lola to create a line of high-heeled boots. The story, based on real events, is fun but it also carries a serious message about accepting those who are different.

BWW Review: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER is a Slow Burning Thriller at the IRTBWW Review: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER is a Slow Burning Thriller at the IRT
May 10, 2017

It's thriller season at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this month. Dial 'M' for Murder is currently on the mainstage and suspense is the name of the game.

BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Beef & Boards Dinner TheatreBWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
April 27, 2017

It has been 20 years since Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre last produced My Fair Lady. The classic musical is back and on stage now until May 14th. It's the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young woman with little money and less class. She becomes the student of a phonetician who is convinced he can turn her into a lady.

BWW Review: MIRANDA Thrills at Indiana Repertory TheatreBWW Review: MIRANDA Thrills at Indiana Repertory Theatre
April 27, 2017

Miranda is a CIA operative working in Yemen in the current upperstage production at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Written by IRT's playwright-in-residence James Still, the show is the third play in a trilogy he created. The first play, The House that Jack Built premiered at the IRT in 2012. The second play, Appoggiatura, is part of the theatre's 2017/18 season. Each play works as a stand alone, but they deal with a single family and a tragedy that has shaped their lives.

BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory TheatreBWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory Theatre
March 13, 2017

One man, three fiances, one Paris apartment; what could possibly go wrong? The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents Boeing Boeing, a farce set in the 1960s and complete with all the hallmarks of the genre. The three women are all flight attendants from different countries.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National CenterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National Center
February 9, 2017

Like so many others, I grew up watching Disney's The Little Mermaid. The lyrics of those songs are ingrained on my brain to this day. So seeing Broadway Across America's current production of the story is bittersweet. It was fun to revisit the characters, but it was impossible not to compare the musical with the movie as I watched.