For reasons I don’t care to go into here, I won’t be able to see ANY theatre this weekend. To cope with my jonessing, today I am blogging about what I would see this weekend if I could.
I would see five shows:
“The House That Jack Built” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.
This is the world premiere of a new piece by one of my favorite playwrights, James Still. That’s all I need to know, but if I needed another reason, it’s about Thanksgiving, one of the most emotionally complicated family holidays we have. If anyone can do justice to the complexity of Thanksgiving, it’s James Still.
“Death for Sydney Black” by No Exit Performance at the Big Car Service Center (right next to Lafayette Square Mall on the west side of Indianapolis.)
No Exit’s production of “Closer” a few weeks ago impressed me and put them firmly on my radar. This piece also caught my eye because Katelyn Coyne directed it. I’ve been reading her theatre reviews for a few years now and applauded when Nuvo hired her. This new musical is, apparently, about competition between young women, a subject I’ve stressed over for a few years now, too. Also interesting to me: This is the Midwest premiere of New York-based Leah Nanako Winkler, a new-to-me playwright.
“Scary Mary” by Q Artistry at the Irvington Lodge in Irvington (east side of Indianapolis.)
Creative rascal Ben Asaykwee and his neighborhood have taken on Mary Poppins. Again, that’s all I need to know. Their “Qmmunity” shows are always delightfully, joyfully homemade.
Storyteller Lou Ann Homan – Indiana History Center (downtown Indianapolis) – Lou Ann won the Frank and Katrina Basile Fellowship this year to develop a new storytelling piece for adults. Saturday night is the premiere. I always like to see the annual Basile premiere every year if I can, and not just because I won it myself a few years ago. I’ve heard Lou Ann tell many times before. She crafts her stories by delicately piling on the details for results that are homespun yet luxurious.
Going, Going, Gone…” by Two Names Productions at the Indy Fringe Theatre.
I’ve now seen two editions of this long-form improv show that started at the 2012 Indy Fringe Festival and now continues one Sunday night a month at the Indy Fringe Theatre building. Each month features three different professional actors from around Indy pretending to be characters that are somehow related to an auction that’s going on. November’s three are Claire Wilcher, Lisa Ermel, Sam Fain! How I wish I could be there! You get a little bundle of play money at the door and can bid on the items their characters talk about, fight over, etc.
If I could be several places at once and therefore I could see more than five shows in one weekend, I would also see the following shows that are also opening this weekend:
“The 39 Steps” by the Cardinal Stage Company at the Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Beloved Indianapolis actor Paul Hansen is in this. Plus, I loved it when the IRT did it and so would like to see how Cardinal does it.
“Murder at St. Martin’s College” by Oaklandon Civic. The audience helps solve the mystery and your ticket includes dessert. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
“Route 66” by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theatre (in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.) Sometimes I just enjoy hearing a bunch of “oldies” sung live.
I’d see the following Encore Association community theatre openings simply because these plays are new to me:
“New Kid on the Block” by the Epilogue Players at the Hedback Theatre at 18th and Alabama in Indianapolis.
“The Kitchen Witches” by the Our Town Players at the Franklin Active Adults Center in Franklin.
“Happy Birthday” at the Milk Building up in Lebanon, Indiana.
I’d also try to catch the final weekend of “Greetings” at Center Stage in Lebanon and a performance of “The Ruinous Remake of the Wizard of Oz 2012” at The Mystery Café dinner theatre upstairs at the Milano Inn.
I would see again:
“Seminar” at the Phoenix Theatre. So much good, healing stuff is still coming up for me from seeing this show when it opened last weekend! I will definitely make time to see it again before it closes.
“The Woman in Black” by Civic at the Tarkington in Carmel. Current Night and Day asked me to review it, which I happily did. They’ll post my review soon if they haven’t already. I don’t think they’ll mind if I say here that I’d like to see this creepy show again just to appreciate the exceptionally good acting and pacing. The design elements, of course, are outstanding. (They always are at Civic.)
Two other shows I’m glad I saw once and which are worth checking out if you haven’t already:
“Night of the Living Dead 2” by Acting Up Productions runs a few more nights this week at the Wheeler Arts Center in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. Destination actor Matthew Roland is in it this year, as a mad scientist with a cowlick. This is more of a “tension” horror show than a “jump” horror show, if that makes sense. Anyway, the up-close blood-and-gore zombie makeup alone is worth the price of admission.
“Away in the Basement” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. I was disappointed that this musical used recorded accompaniment instead of the live B&B band. However, I did enjoy the wacky-sweet story about some church ladies in Minnesota, I think it was, and their pastor, who are figuring out how to deal with some inevitable changes while also honoring their traditions.
Whew! And that’s all I have time to write about. ‘Sorry there are no photos or links and only minimal info about each show. I just don’t have time to add them. ‘Hope this gives you enough to go on, though.
‘See a show for me this weekend, won’t you?
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.