Three Shows I’d Like to See This Weekend

‘Think all of the holiday shows are over for the season and there’s no live theatre happening in the Indianapolis area?  Not so!  If I could, I would like to see all three of the following shows this weekend:

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” through this Sunday, December 30, 2012, upstairs in Acting Up Productions’ very intimate “Hidden Door Theatre” out in Greenfield, Indiana.  Directed by R. Brian Noffke, this one-man show stars Scott N. Russell, another actor that is fairly new to me, but in any case, aside from the fact that I almost always love solo shows, I’m intrigued by the fact that Tom Mula’s script tells Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from Scrooge’s long-dead friend’s point of view.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre runs through January 5, 2013 on the Tarkington stage in the Center for the Performing Arts up in Carmel, Indiana.  Yes, yes, I know: we have all seen “Joseph” a gazillion million times.  But you know director Michael Lasley and Civic’s professional design team will have made this community theatre production visually gorgeous in more ways than one, and the guy playing Joseph (new-to-me Patrick Clements) seems to have a gorgeous voice.  You can watch and listen to him in this segment from Channel 8’s

“Arsenic & Old Lace” opens at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre tonight and runs through February 3, 2013.  I think we read this aloud in my high school theatre class or English class or something somewhere along the way, but I have missed several other, more recent, productions of this classic.  Plus, I almost always have a great time at B&B, so this show, too, is on my wish list for this weekend.

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.


Sad News: Brian Benson

I am very sad to write that Indianapolis actor Brian Benson died Tuesday night, hit by a car as he was walking through the Fountain Square area. 

When his name started coming up with shock and condolences in my Facebook feed yesterday as Brian Patrick Benson, I didn’t recognize it at first, but then Zach Rosing mentioned that Brian had been in two shows that Zach had helped to produce…

And then I did remember: Brian was that tall, slim boy with the shy but joyful smile and beautiful voice that had starred in “Bare: the Musical” and “Edges.”  “Edges” was produced at Theatre on the Square by a company called Programs.  “Bare: the Musical” was produced at the Wheeler Arts building by a company called All Alike Productions.  Zach still has a nice curation of images and info about the “Bare” show on his website here:

I didn’t know Brian at all outside of those two shows, but I feel privileged to have seen and heard his talented work in those two.  I am very sorry that he’s gone.

My heart goes out to his family and friends, wishing them peace and comfort.

Hope Baugh –

P.S. – I don’t have any information about a memorial service but if you do, feel free to share it in the comments.  I will update this post if I receive the info another way.

Rich’s Review of “A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Getting’ Figgy With It!”

Last August, someone named Rich came across Indy Theatre Habit when he was “scouring the web for feedback” on 2012 Indy Fringe Festival shows.  I was delighted that not only did he appreciate my “Planner’s Guide” post, he also came back to my blog more than once that week to leave comments about his own experiences of the Indy Fringe Festival shows.

Yesterday, I was delighted and complimented again when I received notice that Rich had added another comment to that August post (perhaps he has it bookmarked on his computer?)  This time he shared his experience of a more recent show from the downtown Indianapolis area:

It’s Xmas time! Went to “A Very Phoenix Xmas”. It was well worth it. Just when you think you’ve seen creativity at its best, The Fourth Wall takes creativity in a new, fresh direction. The sock monkeys were awesome, spiced up with some ‘Gangnam’. The skits in general were clever and funny. The “War on Xmas” home invasion was hilarious. Plus an extra bonus is the Phoenix theatre itself. The audience is close, so there’s natural interaction with the show’s MC and sometimes the actors. The other block-buster Xmas shows are great in their own way, but it’s so worth it to add “A Very Phoenix Xmas” to your Xmas experience.

Rich, I don’t think I know you in face-to-face life, but you made my day with your contribution to Indy Theatre Habit.  Thank you!

I also want to thank the handful of other theatre-goers that have either asked me in person or elsewhere online, “Have you seen such-and-such show? Are you going to write about it?”  I have not been able to write much this fall, but it means the world to me that you want me to.  

If you’re just curious about what I’ve seen, you can scroll through the somewhat messy notes in my ongoing 2012 Directory of Shows post.

I’m definitely curious about what shows YOU have seen.  Feel free to use the comment box if you want to tell me about them.

Happy holidays!  ‘See you at the theatres…

Hope Baugh – and

P.S. – I also received an email from the Phoenix Theatre telling me that there is a 7pm performance of “Gettin’ Figgy With It!” tomorrow (Wednesday, December 19) in addition to the final Thursday-Sunday performances this weekend. 

© 2012 Hope Baugh

Photo above of Scot Greenwell was taken by Zach Rosing and provided by the Phoenix Theatre. I have used it with their permission.