Quick First Thoughts on “The Color Purple” at Clowes Hall

 LtoR - Lynette DuPree, Virginia Ann Woodruff, Kimberly Ann Harris in "The Color Purple" - photo by Paul Kolnik

I am working on a full review of “The Color Purple: The Musical About Love,” which I saw and loved at Clowes Hall on Tuesday night.  However, I am not going to be able to finish writing it before the end of the year.  (The year ends in less than seven hours, you know, and I have a dinner engagement in less than two.)

So…I am going to pretend to be one of the show’s Church Ladies (pictured above in a photo by Paul Kolnik, from left: Lynette DuPree, Virgina Ann Woodruff, and Kimberly Ann Harris) and give you the short, over-the-back-fence version right now in an attempt to tide us all over until next year:

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Unexpected Gifts at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

"A Christmas Carol" at the IRT - photo by Julie Curry.

Christmas Eve…

Last Sunday I had been sick in bed for more than three days.  My body ached, my soul ached, I couldn’t write, and I couldn’t seem to stop crying.

But on Sunday afternoon I dragged myself out of bed and spent time at a party with friends whose love always makes me feel safer and stronger.  If not healed, exactly, then on the mend.

LtR - Matthew Brumlow, Cora Vander Broek, Mark Goetzinger, Lilia Vassileva, Ryan Artzberger, with Milicent Wright at the piano.  Photo by Julie Curry.

So then I thought, “Hopie, why not see if you can make it in to see the 5 o’clock performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Indiana Repertory Theatre?  Just to see it, not to write about it.”

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Abbreviated Theatre Review: “The Wizard of Oz” at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre

L to R: Tommy Bullington, Rick Shinkle, Meg Duell, Vince Accetturo

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am experiencing some serious writer’s block, probably due to various stressful situations in my non-blogging life.  Maybe, like Dorothy, I will wake up and find it was all a dream.

In the meantime, this is the best I can do:

I went to the opening night of the 2009 production of “The Wizard of Oz” directed by Brent E. Marty at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre a couple weekends ago.  Except for the over-use of the smoke machine, every aspect of this show is magical.  It is outstanding in its creativity and yet loving in its payment of homage to the Judy Garland movie.  Even the children are good actor-singer-dancers, fully engaged in playing their Munchkin roles. 

“The Wizard of Oz” runs through Sunday, January 3, 2010 at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre.  The performance on Saturday, December 26, 2009, will be signed for the hearing impaired.  The performance on Friday, January 1, 2010, will be an audience sing-a-long event.  To make a reservation, you may order tickets online or call the Box Office at 317-923-4597.

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.com

(Photo above provided by the Indianapolis Civic Theatre.  L to R:  Tommy Bullington, Rick Shinkle, Meg Duell, Vince Accetturo.)

Other Reviews and Articles:

Jay Harvey interviewed the director for the Indianapolis Star.  Read Jay’s article here:


Read Katelyn Coyne’s thoughts on this show on FunCityFinder.com here:


Abbreviated Theatre Review: “Jewtopia” at Theatre on the Square

Paul Wallace (L) and Christopher Hansen (R) star in "Jewtopia" at Theatre on the Square

I have been sick and I have had some big challenges at my day job and in my personal life, all of which are probably related, and all of which, combined, have made it difficult for me to juice up for blogging.  I hope this is a temporary situation because a) if not, the theatre reviews blog that I have devoted two years of my life to is shot to hell and b) feeling like a dessicated skeleton of a writer just…sucks.

Also, I hate having to resort to melodrama just to get a post up.

But for right now, here’s the best I can do:

I saw the opening night of “Jewtopia” a couple weekends ago with my friend Adrienne and had a wonderful time.  This is a flawed but fun show.  If you are Jewish – or if you are not Jewish but you take a Jewish friend with you – I bet you will laugh a lot.

“Jewtopia” runs through January 2, 2010 at Theatre on the Square.  Order tickets online or call the Box Office at 317-685-TOTS (8687).

Read Josefa Beyer’s review in Nuvo here:


And Jay Harvey’s article in the Indianapolis Star here:


Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.com

Theatre Review: “A Very Phoenix Xmas 4: Our Stockings Are Stuffed”

Cast of "A Very Phoenix Xmas 4" - photo by Julie Curry

Last Sunday afternoon, a new friend and I met at the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis to see “A Very Phoenix Xmas 4: Our Stockings Are Stuffed.”  It was conceived and directed by Bryan Fonseca, with musical direction by Kevin D. Smith and technical direction by Christopher Hansen.

In years past, I wrote about Xmas 3 here on my blog, Xmas 2 for Indiana Auditions, and the first one in my private journal. 

Xmas 4 is the best one yet.

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Theatre Review: “A Beef and Boards Christmas”

Kenny Shepard and Deb Wims - photo by Julie Curry.

Last Saturday night, my friend David and I met at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre on the northwest side of Indianapolis to see their seventeenth annual Christmas variety show, aptly titled “A Beef and Boards Christmas.”  It was directed by Elizabeth Stark and choreographed and co-directed by Ron Morgan, with musical direction by Terry Woods.

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