On Friday, March 28, 2008, “Midwestern Hemisphere,” a smart and funny play written by Lou Harry and Eric Pfeffinger, had the opening night of its world premiere run. The relatively new but fully professional Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (HART) produced the show, with founding member Michael Shelton as director. It was the first fully-staged theatrical production at [...]
Last Saturday night I went to the Easter vigil service at my church. I hadn’t been to church in a while. I was struck by the similarities between church and theatre. However, I wanted to cheer and applaud at the end of the offertory anthem and Episcopalians don’t do that. Ah, well. On Tuesday night [...]
On Friday night I went to see “Praise the Lord and Pass the Peanut Butter,” written and directed by local playwright Marsha L. Grant, as presented by the Epilogue Players on the near north side of Indy. Norris Wright was the producer, Terry Downey the stage manager, and Ron Rose the lighting and sound designer. [...]
I am still percolating on the ideas explored in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of ”Well,” by Lisa Kron. This is the show I saw last Thursday. I spent less time reviewing shows this past weekend, and more time talking with family and hanging out with friends. I feel more well, more balanced, because of this. Mind [...]
On Thursday night I drove downtown to the Phoenix Theatre for the opening performance of ”Well,” by Lisa Kron. When this autobiographical play opened on Broadway, the playwright played herself. In this production, directed by Martha Jacobs and produced by Bryan Fonseca, Deborah Sargent plays the part of Lisa Kron, and Gayle Steigerwald plays her chronically ill mother.
Ernest Hemingway said, “What’s right is what feels good afterwards.” I worked at my day job 9-7 today after going to a show last night. (Review of “Well” at the Phoenix coming soon!) I was going to stay in tonight and do a little writing, a little reading, a little laundry…you know, just take it [...]
On Saturday night I drove over to the Marian College campus, near 38th Street, to see the Indianapolis Civic Theatre‘s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Here is my review in a nutshell: Melissa Schott is completely delightful as Millie Dillmount! There are several other visual and aural treats in this show as well.
Warning: This review contains several plot spoilers. There is a lot of delicious suspense in this tale, so if you do not know the story, go see the show first and then let’s compare impressions. On Friday I drove to the near north side of Indianapolis to the Hedback Theatre to see the opening night of ”Jane Eyre: [...]
This morning I went to my first media event as a theatre reviewer. It was an unveiling of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 2008-2009 season. I think I am going to have to write a separate and more personal ”Reflections” post about how thrilling it was to attend my first press breakfast. (I felt so shy, but [...]
On Sunday afternoon I drove with my windows down (balmy weather!) to Studio 15 in Carmel, just north of Indy, to see the Carmel Community Players’ production of “Art.” This play was written by Yasmina Reza and translated from the French by Christopher Hampton. CCP’s presentation was directed by Ken Klingenmeier and produced by Kim Howard. [...]