The Marriage Matinee

The Marriage Matinee

The Marriage Matinee is the joint effort of Mr. and Mrs. Caraker, newlyweds who live in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now that they’ve formed the bond of holy matrimony, they’re hoping to form a similar bond with Indy theater. Dylan Caraker is no stranger to the theater scene in Indy. He has participated in over 20 shows both as an actor and as a techie. Since embarking on his journey into career life (and marriage), he has been craving to find a way back into the performing arts and is excited for this opportunity to share his reflections. Celeste Caraker seeks to integrate the arts into her daily life and serves as a teacher in a performing arts-centered elementary school in downtown Indy. In this capacity, she is seeking to inspire a new generation of performers and audiences. When not working, this husband and wife team can be found perusing the wares of vintage markets and art fairs. As if walking down the aisle wasn’t enough of a trek, they also frequent outdoor hiking and walking areas, usually before or after sampling some local flavors in Broad Ripple or Carmel. Together, they hope to bring a unique and dual-sided perspective on the theatrical endeavors of Indy’s finest performers, for better or for worse…




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BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National CentreBWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National Centre
Posted: Nov. 28, 2018


BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Spreads Christmas Cheer at Beef & BoardsBWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Spreads Christmas Cheer at Beef & Boards
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BWW Review: BRIGADOON Dazzles at Footlite MusicalsBWW Review: BRIGADOON Dazzles at Footlite Musicals
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BWW Review: NEWSIES Sells at Fort Wayne Civic TheatreBWW Review: NEWSIES Sells at Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
Posted: Jul. 31, 2018


BWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National CentreBWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National Centre
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BWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek PlayersBWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek Players
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BWW Review: THE LION KING at Old National CentreBWW Review: THE LION KING at Old National Centre
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BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And BoardsBWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And Boards
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BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Footlite MusicalsBWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Footlite Musicals
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BWW Review: CIRCUMSTANTIAL HOLIDAYS at The CatBWW Review: CIRCUMSTANTIAL HOLIDAYS at The Cat
December 1, 2018

It was our pleasure to be invited to review CIRCUMSTANTIAL HOLIDAYS by local playwright and director Christine Kruze, and wehave to say that we came in with a certain amount of skepticism. That was a huge mistake on our part because the production was nothing but fun from start to finish.

BWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National CentreBWW Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL Steals Hearts at Old National Centre
November 28, 2018

Many of us are sure to feel a surge of nostalgia as we recall the days when Dr. Seuss' beloved children's books graced our shelves. But nothing quite evokes that feeling as much as DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL.

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Spreads Christmas Cheer at Beef & BoardsBWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL Spreads Christmas Cheer at Beef & Boards
November 26, 2018

'Elf the Musical,' that is playing at Beef & Boards this past holiday weekend, left this reviewer longing to go home and watch the 2003 movie that inspired the traveling musical. But, that's not because I was disappointed.

BWW Review: BRIGADOON Dazzles at Footlite MusicalsBWW Review: BRIGADOON Dazzles at Footlite Musicals
September 30, 2018

Many of us find ourselves caught up in the hubbub of daily life, constantly being pulled this way, then that. It becomes so easy to lose your way and forget that there can be more. BRIGADOON calls to us out of the misty forest to remember a simpler time, when life was focused on living and loving.

BWW Review: THE LION SINGS TONIGHT at The CabaretBWW Review: THE LION SINGS TONIGHT at The Cabaret
September 27, 2018

When you go to a Broadway revue or a show featuring a mixture of performance types, you usually expect it to be good. You don't expect what had the pleasure to witness on Monday night.

BWW Review: THE LION KING at Old National CentreBWW Review: THE LION KING at Old National Centre
September 16, 2018

It seems impossible to improve upon a classic, but the touring company of THE LION KING has managed just that. It has shown that classics become so for a reason, and they can still take on new life in the hands of a talented director and cast.

BWW Interview: THE LION KING Becomes a Servant KingBWW Interview: THE LION KING Becomes a Servant King
September 8, 2018

We had the honor to speak recently with one of the stars of the upcoming production of THE LION KING that is coming through Indianapolis shortly for Broadway Across America. Gerald Ramsey is portraying the iconic character of Mufasa and has done so for a few years now.

BWW Review: RAINMAKER Makes a Splash at Buck Creek PlayersBWW Review: RAINMAKER Makes a Splash at Buck Creek Players
August 11, 2018

A period of intense drought hardly seems the breeding ground for either hilarity or romance, but RAINMAKER somehow manages to make a drought the perfect setting for both. Its fast-paced dialogue and intense characters help it strike a balance of fun and thought-provoking moments.

BWW Review: NEWSIES Sells at Fort Wayne Civic TheatreBWW Review: NEWSIES Sells at Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
July 31, 2018

Our subject today is pretty simple newspapers and the people who sell 'em. We are going to start this review by asking you to try to picture a special kind of super-tabloid. This Fort Wayne Civic Theatre adaptation of the 1992 Disney movie musical - itself inspired by the New York newsboy strike of 1899 comes roaring to life on stage, and this show certainly takes it to you. Seriously though You don't hear lines like "We've got a union!" coming from "The Little Mermaid."

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Footlite MusicalsBWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Footlite Musicals
July 1, 2018

Once you've read past the words 'happily ever after,' the book typically closes and all is right with the world. But INTO THE WOODS takes that idea and turns it on its head. Haven't you ever wondered what happens beyond those three words? Is the prince really that charming? Does the death of an enemy cure all ills? That is what makes this musical so amusing and enticing. It is a chance to look past the last page.

BWW Review: 20 Years of RENT Glory for Jonathan Larson's Songs at Clowes Memorial HallBWW Review: 20 Years of RENT Glory for Jonathan Larson's Songs at Clowes Memorial Hall
June 14, 2018

It may have been 20 years since RENT first took Broadway by storm, but there's a clear reason why it's earned a 20th anniversary tour. It resonates with truths that echo through all decades, not just the one in which it was created.

BWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek PlayersBWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek Players
June 11, 2018

DOGFIGHT seems to imply a ring of competitors, lots of sweat, and probably a few black eyes. But in this frolicsome musical it means an all-out brawlabout who has the ugliest date. This, combined with a trio of 'bad boys,' makes DOGFIGHT a real treat for viewers who visit Buck Creek Players.

BWW Review: WICKED Flies Into the Old National CentreBWW Review: WICKED Flies Into the Old National Centre
April 27, 2018

If you don't know the "Mean Girls" meets "Harry Potter" story line, WICKED is a remixed version of the goings-on before the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" and the majority of the story takes place prior to Dorothy's arrival. The story is told as a flashback by Glinda as Ozians celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda then reveals that no only did they know each other in college, they actually friends.

BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And BoardsBWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And Boards
April 17, 2018

If you enjoy the old Hollywood, the one full of glamour and beautiful people and genuinely great dancing, then SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is all of that-plus a healthy dose of humor! SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a musical theater classic and therefore a mite intimidating to take on because expectations will be so high. But at Beef & Boards, they do not shy away from that challenge and instead meet it head on.

BWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National CentreBWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National Centre
March 15, 2018

It is a simple act to overlook those beneath you as you go about your daily life, eager to get to the next appointment or entertainment. All of this hubbub is a distraction from what goes on in the alleys and dark areas where you'd rather not look. But if you manage to 'look down,' you'll see and meet the indomitable spirit that is LES MISERABLES.

BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at The Belfry TheatreBWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at The Belfry Theatre
February 7, 2018

In the world of healthcare, the topic of insanity is often pushed into a corner and left to fester on its own. This sometimes sinister area of medicine can show both how much humanity we have and how little is left in us when confronted with the frailty of others. These deep and dark subjects permeate The Belfry Theatre's production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

BWW Review: SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Sense  & Some Hilarity) at Civic TheatreBWW Review: SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Sense & Some Hilarity) at Civic Theatre
February 5, 2018

When the name Jane Austen is bandied about, one does not necessarily think slapstick comedy. However, somehow Kate Hamill has adapted SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to be a vehicle for uproarious laughter, to the delight of the audiences at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel.

BWW Review: JANE LYNCH, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS at The CabaretBWW Review: JANE LYNCH, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS at The Cabaret
December 9, 2017

'Tis the season for merriment and general jollity, and both are guaranteed when you take your seat for JANE LYNCH, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS at The Cabaret, housed in Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmarks building. And both the setting and the art form lent themselves to an evening of food, music, and genuine laughter.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL Brings in the Season at the Murat TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL Brings in the Season at the Murat Theatre
December 1, 2017

This season of festivities feels incomplete without the iconic phrase, You'll shoot your eye out, kid! It would seem impossible to improve upon the cinematic genius that brought that phrase into vogue, but A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL has proven that wrong.

BWW Review: A BEEF & BOARDS CHRISTMAS Reins in the Holiday Season at Beef & BoardsBWW Review: A BEEF & BOARDS CHRISTMAS Reins in the Holiday Season at Beef & Boards
November 28, 2017

With Thanksgiving barely being survived and a nutty Black Friday put behind me, it was time for the 25th (and final) A Beef & Boards Christmas!



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