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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix Theatre
Posted: Jun. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner TheatreBWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe TheatreBWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe Theatre
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


BWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power PunchBWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power Punch
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix Theatre
Posted: Jun. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner TheatreBWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


BWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The SquareBWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The Square
Posted: Jun. 13, 2017


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


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


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
Posted: May. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power PunchBWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power Punch
July 24, 2017

There's something unique happening in Fountain Square right now. In Grove Haus, an old church being used as a performance space, EclecticPond is presenting an original piece, written, composed, and directed by Indiana's own Paige Scott.

BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner TheatreBWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
July 10, 2017

The infamous 'Man in Black' certainly has the legions of fans that merit a musical about his life, but you don't have to be a big Johnny Cash fan to love Ring of Fire. The show, onstage now at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, walks audiences through his life song by song; starting with his childhood in Arkansas all the way through the Grand Ole Opry days and then his struggle with substance abuse.

BWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe TheatreBWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe Theatre
July 5, 2017

From the moment Matt Anderson takes the stage, his seething and scheming Richard III demands your full attention. It's a role that would be easy to over act, but instead Anderson's portrayal is raw and visceral. He has frequently popped up in supporting roles over the years, but this play gives him a chance to stretch his wings and show what he can do. He is mesmerizing as the simpering villain.

BWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix Theatre
June 27, 2017

The Golem of Havana is set in the 1950s as the people of Cuba waver on the brink of the revolution. A young Jewish girl named Rebecca is growing up in her father's tailor shop, oblivious to the turmoil around her. She writes stories of a superhero, the golem; the fabled protector she's grown up hearing stories of from her European mother. When their maid's son, a rebel fighter, turns up the family must make a decision that will determine their future in this volatile world.

BWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The SquareBWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The Square
June 13, 2017

And they're off! The 2014 IndyFringe Festival favorite is back in a full-length format. The Great Bike Race tells the store of the second running of the Tour de France in the most hilarious way possible. It was vicious, with cyclist cheating their way to the finish line, willing to sabotage anyone who crossed their path.

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.