Indianapolis Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at The Belfry Theatre BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at The Belfry Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - February 07, 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 permea... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - February 06, 2018

One bride, one mom, and three potential dads all on one Greek island; the premise of Mama Mia! might seem silly, but its playful absurdity provides the right framework for a musical built around ABBA songs. Beef & Board Dinner Theatre's current production captures that spirit and runs with it.... (more...)
BWW Review: SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Sense  & Some Hilarity) at Civic Theatre BWW Review: SENSE & SENSIBILITY (Sense & Some Hilarity) at Civic Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - February 05, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at Broadway Across America BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at Broadway Across America
by Melissa Hall - January 31, 2018

I think we all felt the earth move a little bit at Clowes Hall this week. Beautiful, the musical of Carol King's life, is on stage now. The singer/composer famous for hits like 'It's Too Late' and 'You've Got a Friend' had a incredible career and the musical chronicles her rise to stardom in the 196... (more...)
BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - January 16, 2018

A Raisin in the Sun, the seminal work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, tells the story of Walter Lee Younger and his family. Their dreams and plans have been thwarted and yet a ray of hope remains in the form of a life insurance check which could provide a new future for all of them. The Indiana Re... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Zach And Zack Productions BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Zach And Zack Productions
by Melissa Hall - January 05, 2018

A rock musical, excellent vocals, intimate venue, what more can you ask for? Zach and Zack Productions newest offering, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, premiers at the Epilogue Playhouse tonight. The show hits all the right notes with a powerful lead performer, a perfect space, and audio and lighting tha... (more...)
BWW Review: GREATER TUNA at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre BWW Review: GREATER TUNA at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - January 02, 2018

Beef & Boards Dinner Theater kicks off its 45th season with Greater Tuna . The show is set in a small Texas town in the 1980s where a bevy of local rednecks live. Playing more than a dozen characters, Eddie Curry and Jeff Stockberger perform the entire show.... (more...)
BWW Review: JANE LYNCH, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS at The Cabaret BWW Review: JANE LYNCH, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS at The Cabaret
by The Marriage Matinee - December 09, 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,... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL Brings in the Season at the Murat Theatre BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL Brings in the Season at the Murat Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - December 01, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Phoenix Xmas Show Balances Salty and Sweet BWW Review: Phoenix Xmas Show Balances Salty and Sweet
by Melissa Hall - November 28, 2017

In May the Phoenix theater will hold its grand opening at its new location. That exciting fact makes this Xmas show particularly special. This year is the very last time audiences can see the holiday hit in the old church the Phoenix has called home for decades. There are years of new memories to be... (more...)
BWW Review: A BEEF & BOARDS CHRISTMAS Reins in the Holiday Season at Beef & Boards BWW Review: A BEEF & BOARDS CHRISTMAS Reins in the Holiday Season at Beef & Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - 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!... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts Center BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Unites the Community at Pike Performing Arts Center
by The Marriage Matinee - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Opens the Door to Dialogue at the Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Opens the Door to Dialogue at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - October 23, 2017

'The middle takes guts. The middle is where you go to sit down with monsters.' The Indiana Repertory Theatre's current Upperstage production, The Originalist, explores that middle, introducing us to a fictional relationship between Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a liberal law clerk. The ... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Takes Off at Clowes Memorial Hall BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Takes Off at Clowes Memorial Hall
by The Marriage Matinee - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET POE at Q Artistry BWW Review: CABARET POE at Q Artistry
by Melissa Hall - October 16, 2017

When the Theatre on the Square closed its doors earlier this year, the perennial fall favorite Cabaret Poe needed to find a new home. The show settled into the fourth floor of Circle Centre Mall. It's an unexpected choice, but they make it work. All the best elements are still there, macabre humor, ... (more...)
BWW Review: GHOST Wonderfully Haunts at Beef And Boards BWW Review: GHOST Wonderfully Haunts at Beef And Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - 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 t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - October 04, 2017

The Indiana Repertory Theatre opened its season with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It's a murder mystery, but not in the traditional sense. The murdered party is a dog and the 'detective' is a teenage boy named Christopher, whose developmental disabilities allow him to see the w... (more...)
BWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix Theater BWW Review: HUMAN RITES Broadens Your Perceptions at Phoenix Theater
by The Marriage Matinee - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power Punch BWW Review: Original Musical J. EYRE Packs a Power Punch
by Melissa Hall - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre BWW Review: Ensemble Casts Impresses in RING OF FIRE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe Theatre BWW Review: Matt Anderson Slays as RICHARD III at IndyFringe Theatre
by Melissa Hall - July 05, 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix Theatre BWW Review: THE GOLEM OF HAVANA at Phoenix Theatre
by Melissa Hall - 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 hear... (more...)
BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL Wows at Beef And Boards, Thru July 2 BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL Wows at Beef And Boards, Thru July 2
by Anton Anderssen - June 17, 2017

Now on stage at Beef and Boards is the ogre-sized, greatest fairy tale never told: the breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek. On one level, SHREK THE MUSICAL is silly family fun, but digging deeper into the story, there are messages that are crucial in life. The Princess, F... (more...)
BWW Review: BONNIE AND CLYDE Shoot Their Way Out of Buck Creek Players BWW Review: BONNIE AND CLYDE Shoot Their Way Out of Buck Creek Players
by The Marriage Matinee - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The Square BWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The Square
by Melissa Hall - 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 w... (more...)