Indianapolis Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And Boards BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN a Delightful Downpour at Beef And Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - 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 s... (more...)
BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Thrills at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Thrills at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
by Melissa Hall - March 29, 2018

When the play you're about to see is a murder mystery called "And Then There Were None", you know there will be a body count. The deliciously dark Agatha Christie novel comes to life on the stage in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre's current production. Unlike most of its shows, this one is held i... (more...)
BWW Review: APPOGGIATURA Explores Love and Grief in Venice at the Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: APPOGGIATURA Explores Love and Grief in Venice at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - March 19, 2018

Music and plot are so closely intertwined in Appoggiatura, that you can't mention one without the other. Even the title reflects this, it means: a grace note performed before a note of the melody and falling on the beat. The play, part of a trilogy written by playwright-in-residence James Still, fol... (more...)
BWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National Centre BWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National Centre
by The Marriage Matinee - 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 me... (more...)
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...)