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Review: HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING at American Lives Theatre Photo Review: HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING at American Lives Theatre
by Melissa Hall - January 17, 2023

Empathy is often in short supply when it comes to how we feel about people on the opposite side of the political divide. Heroes of the Fourth Turning, a Pulitzer-prize finalist, explores that tricky topic in an intense and memorable way. The show is perfectly in line with American Lives Theatre’s mi...
Review: CLUE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Photo Review: CLUE at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - January 03, 2023

Clue, the classic whodunit farce, kicks off Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre's 50th anniversary season. The mystery show takes the famous board game and film and turns it into a play. Each character is given a weapon and a motive and the murders begin. Eddie Curry directs the fast-paced production and...
Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Brings the Holiday Spirit at Civic Theatre Photo Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Brings the Holiday Spirit at Civic Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - December 06, 2022

A Christmas Story, the Musical reimagines the 1983 holiday movie masterpiece with boisterous songs and dance that brought new life and excellent vocals to the season. Loving fans, rest easy. Joseph Robinette’s adaption, directed by Emily Rogge Tzucker, brightens iconic scenes and characters and enha...
Review: A (Happy) Holiday: A Festive Season Reimagined Photo Review: A (Happy) Holiday: A Festive Season Reimagined
by The Marriage Matinee - December 06, 2022

It’s the holiday season and all reviewers are going to their required holiday shows... You know... Elf, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol. It's the same stuff, different year. Not this show. This is a brand new show by a unique writers' room collaboration called A (Happy) Holiday. Feeling down or...
Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE At Beef & Boards: A Sparkling Holiday Classic Photo Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE At Beef & Boards: A Sparkling Holiday Classic
by The Marriage Matinee - November 28, 2022

The holiday season brings with it many familiar sights, sounds, smells, and of course, beloved cinematic and stage treasures like IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Beef & Boards chose a true gem to get every audience member into the right spirit while always recalling what’s truly important and truly worth fig...
Review: Caves and Worlds of Wonder in ALADDIN at Clowes Memorial Hall Photo Review: Caves and Worlds of Wonder in ALADDIN at Clowes Memorial Hall
by The Marriage Matinee - November 22, 2022

For all those growing up watching Disney movies, and for the kids who absolutely loved Aladdin, the Genie and Princess Jasmine or even Abu, this is a must-watch! Big band, big sound, big show — with enough energy to light up a few thousand lamps....
Review: ALADDIN at Broadway Across America Photo Review: ALADDIN at Broadway Across America
by Melissa Hall - November 17, 2022

Broadway Across America does big musicals well. Obviously, the trend of movie-to-musical has touched every genre, but Disney musicals tend to translate well in that medium. Aladdin is no exception. Everything is big, bright, sparkling, and bursting with color. The special effects don’t disappoint. T...
Review: Have You Heard? ANASTASIA Brings Indy Audiences to Their Feet Photo Review: Have You Heard? ANASTASIA Brings Indy Audiences to Their Feet
by The Marriage Matinee - October 20, 2022

The rumors are true: ANASTASIA has finally made its way to Indianapolis. You may be thinking it’s just another movie turned musical, but there are new twists and turns to this rendition of the beloved animated film. There’s the romance, the legend of Anastasia, the glittering costumes and crowns, bu...
Review: TICK, TICK…BOOM! at Phoenix Theatre Photo Review: TICK, TICK…BOOM! at Phoenix Theatre
by Melissa Hall - October 18, 2022

The story resonates with any artist who has questioned their future. By the end, you feel like you're part of the tight-knit trio as they navigate the difficult passage from their 20s into the next inevitable stage....
Review: They're All Together Ooky and Applause-Worthy: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Beef & Bo Photo Review: They're All Together Ooky and Applause-Worthy: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Beef & Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - October 12, 2022

From the moment you hear those familiar four organ notes, you are caught up in the fun of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This musical features the beloved and morbid family many have enjoyed in television and film for decades. Embark on an adventure with these endearing spooks as they try to spend a night, just...
Review: KING JOHN at Shelton Auditorium Photo Review: KING JOHN at Shelton Auditorium
by Melissa Hall - October 10, 2022

What did our cOne of the highlights of this year‘s Bard Fest is the rarely-produced King John. There are whispers of other Shakespeare plays echoing in the heartbreaking history All the classics are there but presented in a show that’s often overlooked. There are warring families, devious brothers, ...
Review: TASTE at Theatre Unchained Photo Review: TASTE at Theatre Unchained
by The Marriage Matinee - September 30, 2022

It's hard to comprehend a more unusual and nauseating narrative than the one re-imagined in Taste, Benjamin Brand's reality-based drama about a contract between a man with cannibalistic aspirations and the willing victim he solicits on the internet. The genuine event - preserved by the perpetrator o...
Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at American Lives Theatre Photo Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at American Lives Theatre
by Melissa Hall - September 06, 2022

The show is a beautiful reminder of what we all love about theater. When the show ends, the discussion begins....
Review: Cheers to Singing Away at ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Beef & Boards Photo Review: Cheers to Singing Away at ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Beef & Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - August 23, 2022

Jimmy Buffet is a beloved part of the musical fabric of America, and so it makes complete sense that JIMMY BUFFET’S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is just as endearing and just plain fun. This musical is a great way to feel transported to the simplicity of a beach vacation and live awhile on “island time....
Review: HONKY TONK ANGELS Charms at Beef & Boards Photo Review: HONKY TONK ANGELS Charms at Beef & Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - July 18, 2022

The beat of the drum and the twang of the guitar are calling you to HONKY TONK ANGELS at Beef & Boards. When a band of three women are flung together by chance, the results are a series of both charming and hilarious antics strung together by some of country music’s greatest hits....
BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Delights Families at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Photo BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Delights Families at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - May 24, 2022

Mary Poppins, the classic story of a practically-perfect nanny who comes to care for the neglected Banks children is on stage now at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. It’s a perfect show for families with young kids to enjoy. Statues come to life and kites are flown as the characters learn the timeles...
BWW Review: COPING WITH AUTUMN: A Hot Take on Mental Health at Arts For Lawrence Photo BWW Review: COPING WITH AUTUMN: A Hot Take on Mental Health at Arts For Lawrence
by The Marriage Matinee - May 15, 2022

Coping With Autumn considers the strength of human nature and is brutal challenged during the production. The question arises about what we will uncover after apprehension, violence, and hopelessness have taken their toll on Autumn....
BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, We Applaud You at Murat Theatre Photo BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, We Applaud You at Murat Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - April 28, 2022

As with any massively popular production, you have to wonder if the hype matches the reality. In the case of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, the reality more than exceeds the expectations. This production is full of not only exceptional musical moments but also an enthralling story. It holds you captivated from b...
BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Murat Theatre Photo BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Murat Theatre
by Melissa Hall - April 27, 2022

High school is a different world from what many of us experienced growing up. Now, social media is an integral part of life and that fact is evident from the scrolling feeds presented on the hanging panels of the Dear Evan Hansen set. The story of a community coping with the suicide of a teenage boy...
BWW Review: THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN at Indiana Repertory Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - April 24, 2022

Two years ago this play, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, was deep in rehearsals at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. It was set to open in March 2020… and then the world shut down. Miraculously, the entire original cast has returned for this production....
BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Back Where She Belongs at Beef & Boards Photo BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Back Where She Belongs at Beef & Boards
by The Marriage Matinee - April 04, 2022

A huge draw of live theater is the touch of nostalgia, that craving for the classics and a different era. That is exactly what you can expect at HELLO, DOLLY!, now on the stage at Beef & Boards. This timeless musical brings you the heartwarming charm of years gone by, complete with swirling period c...
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS isn't just a regular show, it's a cool show at the Murat Theat Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS isn't just a regular show, it's a cool show at the Murat Theatre
by The Marriage Matinee - March 31, 2022

For me, musical adaptations of movies can be either a hit or miss with no in-between. I am happy to say that the musical version of Mean Girls, based on the cult classic 2004 movie, was maybe more fun than the movie itself....
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Photo BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by Melissa Hall - March 01, 2022

If the name didn’t give it away, this is not your average Beef & Boards production. The Broadway hit roars onto the stage with drag queens in stiletto heels and a whole lot of sass. Based on a true story, the musical’s message of accepting people for who they are is more timely than ever....
BWW Review: Find Your Dream with PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL Photo BWW Review: Find Your Dream with PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL
by The Marriage Matinee - February 17, 2022

There is always an inherent risk to taking a classic movie and trying to redo it in some way. That risk pays off with PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL. This production has charm, humor, and that all-essential romance we love from the film. Missing out on this touring show would be a big mistake. Big. Huge....
BWW Review: FAHRENHEIT 451 at Indiana Repertory Theatre Photo BWW Review: FAHRENHEIT 451 at Indiana Repertory Theatre
by Melissa Hall - February 09, 2022

The Indianapolis Repertory Theatre is heating up these cold snowy days with a sci-fi classic. Fahrenheit 451 is on stage until Feb. 20 on the OneAmerica MainStage. One would hope that this play would become irrelevant in our world, but unfortunately, it’s more important than ever....