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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Posted: Nov. 28, 2017


BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts Center
Posted: Nov. 10, 2017


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Posted: Oct. 14, 2017


BWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix TheaterBWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix Theater
Posted: Jul. 27, 2017


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


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
Posted: Apr. 17, 2018


BWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek PlayersBWW Review: Nothing Ugly about DOGFIGHT at Buck Creek Players
Posted: Jun. 11, 2018


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!

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts Center
November 10, 2017

Drawing from ethnic flavors of Latin music and the modern, 21st-century popular styles of rap and hip-hop, IN THE HEIGHTS, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Karin Stratton, tells the story of a close-knit group of friends in the Washington Heights.

BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Takes Off at Clowes Memorial HallBWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Takes Off at Clowes Memorial Hall
October 20, 2017

Based on the 2004 movie and the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, the musical Finding Neverland is definitely not without charm and some stage magic. The story at its core centers around the friendship of JM Barrie and a widowed mother of four boys.

BWW Review: GHOST Wonderfully Haunts at Beef And BoardsBWW Review: GHOST Wonderfully Haunts at Beef And Boards
October 14, 2017

If you are a fan of the cult classic film Ghost, you will enter the musical with high expectations. Luckily, you will not be disappointed because the musical includes the presence of all your favorite lines and the requisite sounds of Unchained Melody underlying some of the most tender moments of this love story. What I found surprising was the ease with which the stars of this cast took on the larger-than-life roles first portrayed by Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.

BWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix TheaterBWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix Theater
July 27, 2017

Academia. Culture. Anthropology. In-depth study. Research. Data collection. These hardly seem the buzz words for an impactful and insightful play, yet each of those weighty words holds sway in HUMAN RITES.

BWW Review: BONNIE AND CLYDE Shoot Their Way Out of Buck Creek PlayersBWW Review: BONNIE AND CLYDE Shoot Their Way Out of Buck Creek Players
June 16, 2017

The Depression Era brings to mind vivid images of poverty, bread lines, and tent cities. However, one couple decided that they would turn this time of nothing into a time of plenty. Enter the dastardly villains of BONNIE AND CLYDE.

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles and Shines at Footlite MusicalsBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles and Shines at Footlite Musicals
May 10, 2017

From the swish of the golden dresses to the silver zoot suits to the huge smiles of the Dreamettes, DREAMGIRLS at Footlite Musicals sure brought it last Friday night. DREAMGIRLS is a musical documenting the blood, sweat, and tears of a struggling girls group rise to the top of the charts and the positive/negative effects of showbiz mixed with some brilliant vocals.

BWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National CentreBWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National Centre
March 30, 2017

Imagine an era full of raw energy, vivid passion, and a thirst, drive, and talent that is unparalleled in American musical history. This vibrant scene is revived in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, an embodiment of a people's voice that speaks to the soul of America. It evokes its dreams and its drive, and the audience is not only a witness but a participant in this remembrance of a time when the sounds of pure talent were teeming from every radio.

BWW Review: Humors and Egos Collide in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Civic TheatreBWW Review: Humors and Egos Collide in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Civic Theatre
March 20, 2017

If you have a fondness for frivolity, a love of all things irreverent, a strong like or dislike for Shakespeare, and a ready and willing laugh, you belong at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre's production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED).