Indianapolis Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: Touring KINKY BOOTS Charms at Clowes Memorial Hall BWW Review: Touring KINKY BOOTS Charms at Clowes Memorial Hall
by Melissa 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 carri... (more...)
BWW Review: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER is a Slow Burning Thriller at the IRT BWW Review: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER is a Slow Burning Thriller at the IRT
by Melissa Hall - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles and Shines at Footlite Musicals BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Dazzles and Shines at Footlite Musicals
by The Marriage Matinee - 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 pos... (more...)
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - 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 he... (more...)
BWW Review: MIRANDA Thrills at Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: MIRANDA Thrills at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - 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 sec... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National Centre BWW Review: 'Dancing in the Street' with MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Old National Centre
by The Marriage Matinee - 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 a... (more...)
BWW Review: Humors and Egos Collide in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Civic Theatre BWW Review: Humors and Egos Collide in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Civic Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - 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).... (more...)
BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory Theatre BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - 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. ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National Center BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Old National Center
by Melissa Hall - February 09, 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 mus... (more...)