Lots of shows are opening this week, including “Crowns” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Midwest debut of “Treasure Island” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, and a regional premiere at the Phoenix Theatre that has a mouthful of a title: “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.”
Also opening this week is a one-woman show starring local comedian Juli Inskeep. It is called “Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat?” Theatre on the Square is partnering with Dress for Success for the run of the show. If you bring a business-appropriate suit to donate, you will receive $5 off the regular $25 ticket price. Call TOTS at 317-8687 to make a reservation.
Justin Brady from the Indy Fringe organization told me some exciting news about the 2009 Indy Fringe Festival: All of the 2009 Fringe Festival dance events will be held at the Earth House, 237 East Street.
Even before that, there will be a joint fundraiser called “Spark a Revolution” at the Earth House from 5:30-11pm on Friday, April 17, 2009. The postcard Justin gave me says “Spark a Revolution will celebrate collaborative works among a diverse group of performing artists including music, theatre, dance, bikes, and poetry…”
“…The multi-level space at Earth House will not only entertain you on two stages but in every nook and cranny…Experience a high energy performance party as the Earth House Collection and Indyfringe unite together for a unique fundraising event…Organic feast: $10 choose among several vegetarian options made from scratch by Earth House’s chef Jenxie served al night long.”
The postcard also says you can find a complete schedule at either the Indy Fringe or the Earth House websites, but as of Sunday night, this did not seem to be true. Maybe they are still working out the details.
Three other items from my mailbox are not exactly theatre, but they intrigued me and I thought they might interest you, too:
** This Tuesday, April 7, is Indy Magic Monthly’s first anniversary show. The monthly magic and variety show has been running for a whole year now at Theatre on the Square. Join master of ceremonies Taylor Martin and magicians Ryan Siebert and Sean Scott and you might win an autographed item from Penn Jillette and Teller or a copy of Magic for Dummies as a door prize. Call 317-685-8687 (TOTS) for reservations or 317-431-1320 for more information. With a confirmed reservation you will also get the secret password for a dinner discount at either Aesops Tables or the Scholar’s Inn.
** The Circle City Chamber Group of artists is hosting a party in which you get to look at jewelry and maybe win gemstones while listening to ragtime and other music. The event is called “Rags to Riche$$.” How fun is that! Here is the press release:
On April 16, 2009, the Circle City Chamber Group welcomes the staff from Hofmeister Personal Jewelers as they present “Rags and Riche$$” in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel Indianapolis (50 S. Capitol Ave.). Enjoy the beautiful display of jewelry designed by award-winning artist Tim Haggard and modeled by CCCG Artists and Staff. Feast on gourmet hors d’oeuvers while sipping signature drinks by Ciroc Vodka and Nuvo Liquor, then try your luck at winning beautiful diamonds and gemstones in the “Hofmeister Diamond Hunt“.
Close the evening as guest pianist Cha Young Park performs works by Alexander Scriabin and Sergei Rachmaninoff, before being joined by CCCG Music Director Andrew J. Lyon for an exploration into the music of Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime.
Also on hand to meet with guests and sign autographs will be the CCCG’s new Master of Ceremonies – and new Face of MyNDY TV – Scott Evans.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Concert begins at 7 p.m.
All-inclusive tickes are only $25 and are on sale now!
** Art Garfunkle is singing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 18, 2009. The press release that Tim Northcutt sent me says that “Legendary pop music icon Art Garfunkel will perform many of his memorable hits from his solo career and his years with Paul Simon, plus other popular standards that he has selected especially for this concert evening.”
That sounds like fun, too.
Last weekend I saw Actor’s Theatre of Indiana present “Forbidden Broadway” as dinner theatre at the Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel. I am working on a full review, but I will just tell you quickly that this show is HILARIOUS. Oh, my goodness, I laughed so hard, I hurt! Performances are now only on Wednesday evenings through May 13, 2009.
I also saw Megan Wells’ powerful “Helen of Troy” storytelling piece for the second time. I will post about that in more detail eventually, too.
Have a good week! I’ll see you at the theatres…
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com