2015 Directory of Shows

 

 

Cake for breakfast - Hope Baugh

(last updated January 26, 2016)

If you’re a regular reader of Indy Theatre Habit you know I like to keep a directory of the shows I’ve seen each year.  I post it first in January, then update it every time I see a show.  It gets pushed down by newer blog posts (if I write any, which I didn’t do much in 2015 because I was so busy writing other things) but you can always find it easily by looking in the categories on the left side of the blog.

I enjoy looking back over the feast that each of my annual directories represents.

Some numbers:  In 2014 I saw 126 live performances in more than 30 venues.  In 2013 I saw 120.  In 2012, 85.5.  In 2011, 91.  In 2010, 120.  In 2009, 134.  In 2008, 144.  I never set a numeric goal but I enjoy “counting up” at the end of each year.  I see a lot of shows during the Indy Fringe Theatre Festival in August and that always (pardon the expression) dramatically bumps up my total for the year. (Update at the end of 2015: I had a new boss at my day job starting the week of the Indy Fringe Festival so I didn’t attend that this year, which pulled my total number way down for the year. Still, I saw shows and/or participated in other theatre-related events 76 times in 2015, which averages to a little more than 6 per month.  Not a bad theatre-going life.  )

I started reviewing for Nuvo (Indianapolis, Indiana’s alternative news weekly) in March of 2014. Nuvo published 45 pieces by me in 2014 either online or in print, sometimes both.  Most of those pieces were reviews of individual shows but I also got to write the theatre piece for their 2014 year-in-review issue.  I was glad to write for for Nuvo in 2015, too. In 2015, Nuvo published 26 pieces by me online and/or in print.  In June of 2015 I decided to “retire” as a reviewer but not as a theatre-goer.

There are two parts to my 2015 directory: 1) shows in the chronological order in which I saw them, like a diary or log, and 2) shows organized alphabetically by performance company or festival.

I will try to label the companies as either “professional” (all of the company’s artists and staff are paid for their work), “all volunteer” (none of the company’s artists or staff are paid), or “hybrid” (the company has a mixture of paid artists/staff and volunteers and/or students.) However, as I’m sure you know, “professional” does not necessarily mean high quality and “all volunteer” does not necessarily mean disappointing quality. Also, in the Indianapolis area, there are very, very few theatres that pay their artists a living wage, so in some ways these labels are meaningless.

If I blog about a show, I will link to the post here, too.  If I reviewed it for Nuvo, I will link to that review here as well.  In any case, I almost always tweet about a show right after I’ve seen it. Follow @IndyTheatre or go to www.Twitter.com/IndyTheatre.

All venues are in Indiana (USA) unless otherwise noted.

Shows I saw in 2015 in the order I saw them:

Saturday, January 3 – ComedySportz family-friendly match with Jim Ansaldo and others

Thursday, January 8 – “River City” by Diana Grisanti at the Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, January 10 – “Prostate Dialogues and Tale of the Tallywacker” told by Jon Spelman for Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, January 11 – “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire at the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, January 25 – “Good People” at the IRT a second time.

Tuesday, January 27 – Not a show but a very exciting, satisfying, fun activity related to theatre-going: American Theatre magazine asked me to participate with two other theatre critics in a discussion of the play “Good People” for their Offscript podcast.  Here is the direct link: http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/01/30/offscript-the-lace-curtain-irish-edition/

Friday, January 30 – “The Incredible Vision of a Half-Blind Man: Carl Fisher” storytelling premiere by Steve Etheridge at the Indiana History Center, part of the Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories collaboration between Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, January 31 – “Wolves” by Steve Yockey at Theatre on the Square. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, February 1 – “The 39 Steps”by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan – Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater in Carmel. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, February 5 – “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh – Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, February 7 – “Grounded” by George Brant – Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, Indiana. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, February 19 – “Mad Forest” by Caryl Churchill – Butler University Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, February 21 – “Legends of the Celtic Harp” – Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, Aryeh Frankfurter – Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, February 22 – “The Hound of the Baskervilles” based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette – Indiana Repertory Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, February 26 – “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at the Phoenix a second time.

Friday, February 27 – “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” by Neil Simon at the University of Indianapolis Dinner Theatre in the Schwitzer Student Center Dining Hall.  I was my sister’s guest and it was so much fun!

Thursday, March 5 – “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins at the Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Friday, March 6 – “A Shining Jewel on the Dune: Marquette Park” storytelling premiere researched, crafted, and told by Stephanie Holman at the Indiana Landmarks Center, part of Storytelling Arts of Indiana’s “If These Walls Could Talk” series.

Saturday, March 7 – “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein” at Theatre on the Square. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, March 14 – “Imaginary Kyle” by Bernadette Bartlett and Jenee Lusk on the new Indy Eleven stage at the Indy Fringe Theatre – part of DivaFest. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, March 14 – “Royal Friends” by Rita Kohn on the new Indy Eleven stage at the Indy Fringe Theatre – part of DivaFest. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, March 21 – “Stories Are Who We Are” by storyteller Diane Ferlatte – hosted by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, March 22 – “What I Learned In Paris” by Pearl Cleage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, March 26 – “Ray & Ella” by Dance Kaleidascope at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Rita Kohn was there, too, and reviewed it for Nuvo. I bought a ticket to treat myself.

Saturday, April 4 – “Ugly Lies the Bone” at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Bloomington, Indiana. Written by Lindsay Ferrentino, directed by David Anspaugh. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, April 5 – “Buyer and Cellar” at the Phoenix Theatre a second time.

Saturday, April 11 – “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gianfriddo at Theatre on the Square (TOTS). I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, April 12 – “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” by Nathan Alan Davis at the Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Sunday, April 12 – “Rapture, Blister, Burn” at TOTS a second time.

Saturday, April 19 – “On Golden Pond” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). I reviewed for Nuvo .

Friday, April 24 – “Moby Dick” by NoExit Performance at the Wheeler Arts Center.  Tristan Ross reviewed it for Nuvo. I wrote about it on a whim on my reading blog (Indy Reading Habit) as part of a series of posts about participating in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon.

Sunday, April 26 – “Trashion Refashion Show” presented by Discardia at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana. Included three outfits by my sister-in-law Kristi Robinson, many other pieces by many other artist-designers, and a performance piece by burlesque duo Victor Victoria and Regina Sweet, aka Art-a-Peel.

Thursday, April 30 – “Typhoid Mary” by Tom Horan at the Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Saturday, May 2 – “Xanadu” presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) at the Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, May 7 – “Spamalot” presented by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at the Tarkington Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arst in Carmel, Indiana.

Saturday, May 9 – “The Donner Party Opera” – a QKids Production by Q Artistry. Director, composer: Ben Asaykwee. Presented at the Irvington Lodge.

Saturday, May 9 – “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at Theatre on the Square. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, May 14 – “In Honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder” – I think that was the name of the show – I have already misplaced the program! Ack! Anyway, it was my godson’s elementary school concert. He wore a Daniel Boone-style raccoon tail hat. He and his classmates sang songs from pioneer times.  They were wonderful.

Monday, May 18 – “Young Adult Services at the Public Library” – I was the presenter rather than the audience for this “show” but I am adding it to my performance art show list because it was live and whether it was artistic or not, I was definitely present. I was supposed to review Bloomington Playwrights Project’s “The Capables over the weekend but they sold out before I could request a media pass, so I just begged off reviewing anything else so that I could give my full attention to my own presentation.

Thursday, May 21 – “Kindergarten Sings the Zoo” – This was my goddaughter’s spring show. She wore a cat costume. She and her classmates sang 27, I think, short songs – one for each letter of the alphabet plus a rocking closing song. One of my favorite songs was “Hey, fiddle-dee-dee, I’ll be a manatee!” But they were all great. I love that I get to go to my godchildren’s school concerts every spring.

Thursday, June 4 – “Green Day’s American Idiot” at the Phoenix Theatre. I reviewed for Nuvo.

Thursday, June 11 – “Jesus Christ Superstar” by BobDirex at the Marian University Theatre.

Wednesday, June 17 – “Pitch Night” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Saturday, June 20 – “The Cherry Orchard” written by Anton Chekov, adapted and directed by Michael Hosp for the EclecticPond Theatre Company, presented at the Basile Opera Center.

Sunday, June 21 – “Green Day’s American Idiot” at the Phoenix a second time.

Thursday, June 25 – “La Casa Azul” – a new musical by Gregory Hancock based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, presented at the Tarkington Theatre in Carmel by the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.

Sunday, June 28 – “Green Day’s American Idiot” at the Phoenix Theatre a third time.

Saturday, July 4 – “Green Day’s American Idiot” at the Phoenix Theatre a fourth time, with pre-show hot dogs and beer in Sally’s yard across the street.

Saturday, Jul 11 – “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn at the Phoenix Theatre.

Monday, July 13 – “Beyond the Book” – Not a play but a discussion of the To Kill a Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee hosted by the Indiana Repertory Theatre in preparation for their production of the stage version next season. Discussion led by the IRT’s dramaturg, Richard J. Roberts.

Thursday, August 6 – “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” a second time

Saturday, August 8 – “How to Get Away with 50 Shades of Murder” – The Mystery Cafe of Indianapolis – upstairs at the Milano Inn.

Sunday, September 13 – “Silence the Musical” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Sunday, September 13 – “Enter Love, the Airport Musical” at Theatre on the Square.

Monday, September 14 – “Beyond the Book” – Not a play, but a live discussion at the Indiana Repertory Theatre of Harper Lee’s newly published Go Set a Watchman novel. This was to supplement the IRT’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” coming up later in the season.

Wednesday, September 23 – “One Man, Two Guvnors” – Donors Preview Night at the Phoenix Theatre.

Thursday, October 15 – “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Phoenix Theatre a second time

Tuesday, October 20 – “TEDxIndianapolis” at the University of Indianapolis. Several speakers including some performance artists.

Thursday, October 22 – “Pride IN History” – a talk by Dr. Susan Ferrentinos about her book, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, and by Mark Lee, photographer, about his 30-year retrospective exhibit, “A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality,” at the Indiana History Center.

Saturday, October 24 – “The National Acrobats of China” at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. My friend Lisa treated me and my sister to this performance.

Thursday, October 29 – “The Game’s Afoot” by Ken Ludwig – presented by Civic Theatre at the Tarkington in Carmel. I especially loved Joshua Ramsey and Carrie Ann Schlatter in this.

Saturday, October 31 – “Titus Andronicus” by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Thomas Cardwell for Eclectic Pond Theatre, presented at the Indy Indie Artist Colony.

Sunday, November 1 – “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley at the Phoenix Theatre. Directed by Bryan Fonseca. Ensemble includes Bill Simmons, Paeton Chavis, Rich Rand, Scot Greenwell, and Sarah McGee.

Sunday, November 1 – “Miss Gulch Returns” by Fred Barton, starring Brent Marty at Theatre on the Square’s Stage Two.

Sunday, November 1 – “Going…Going…Gone” monthly improv show developed by Lou Harry and John Thomas. Claire Wilcher, Bill Wilkison and Caitlin Negron (dancer with Dance Kaleidascope) starred this month at Theatre on the Square’s Stage Two.

Saturday, November 7 – “The Golden Land” by Bob Zalkin – this year’s Basile Emerging Stories fellowship winner. Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Tuesday, November 11 – “Jabberwocky: Body Image” – Personal stories by Callie Burke, director of Wisdom Tooth Theatre’s “Fat Pig;” Katie Angel, founder of Angel Burlesque; and Liza Hyatt, art therapist working with patients with eating disorders.  Celestine Bloomfield was MC. Hosted by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Indy Fringe, at the Indy Fringe’s new IndyEleven theatre space.

Wednesday, November 12 – “April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream” world premiere by James Still at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Thursday, November 19 – “Fat Pig” by Neil LaBute. Directed by Callie Burke for Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project at on the Basile stage at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Friday, November 20 – “Fat Pig” by Wisdom Tooth a second time.

Saturday, November 21 – “The Addams Family” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Thursday, December 10 – “A Very Phoenix Xmas X: O, Come Let Us Adore Us” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Sunday, December 13 – “The Magic Snowman” at the Lilly Theater in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Thursday, December 17 – “Mary Poppins” presented by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at the Tarkington in Carmel, IN.

Saturday, December 19 – “Advent Calen-DURRR!” by Three Dollar Bill Comedy at the Indy Fringe Basile Theatre.

Sunday, December 27 – “Frog and Toad” presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN.

Shows I’ve seen so far in 2015 in order by performance company or festival:

Actors Theatre of Indiana (professional; Carmel, Indiana)

  • “The 39 Steps”
  • “Frog and Toad”
  • “Xanadu”

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “The Addams Family”

Bloomington Playwrights Project (professional; Bloomington, Indiana)

  • “Ugly Lies the Bone”

BobDirex (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre (hybrid; Carmel, Indiana)

  • “The Game’s Afoot”
  • “Mary Poppins”
  • “Spamalot”

Butler University Theatre (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Mad Forest”

Cardinal Stage Company (professional; Bloomington, Indiana)

  • “Grounded”

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Lilly Theater (professional; Indianapolis)

“The Magic Snowman”

ComedySportz Indianapolis (professional; Indianapolis)

  • Match with Jim Ansaldo, et al

Dance Kaleidoscope (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Ray & Ella”

EclecticPond Theatre Company (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “The Cherry Orchard”
  • “Titus Andronicus”

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (hybrid; Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana)

  • “La Casa Azul”

Indiana Repertory Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream”
  • “Beyond the Book: Go Set a Watchman”
  • “Beyond the Book: To Kill a Mockingbird” (book discussion to prep for show)
  • “Good People” (twice!)
  • “The Hound of the Baskervilles”
  • “On Golden Pond”
  • “What I Learned In Paris”

Indy Fringe DivaFest (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Imaginary Kyle”
  • “Royal Friends”

NoExit Performance (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Moby Dick”

Miscellaneous

  • “In Honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder”
  • “Kindergarten Sings the Zoo”
  • “National Acrobats of China”
  • “Pride IN History”
  • “TEDxIndianapolis”
  • “Trashion Refashion Show”
  • “Young Adult Services at the Public Library”

Mystery Cafe of Indianapolis (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “How to Get Away with 50 Shades of Murder”

Phoenix Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Buyer and Cellar” – twice
  • “The Cripple of Inishmaan” – twice
  • “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea”
  • “Green Day’s American Idiot” – four times
  • “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” – twice
  • “The Nether”
  • “One Man, Two Guvnors” – twice
  • “Pitch Night”
  • “River City”
  • “Silence the Musical”
  • “Typhoid Mary”
  • “A Very Phoenix Xmas 10: O Come, Let Us Adore Us”

Q Artistry (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “The Donner Party Opera”

Storytelling Arts of Indiana (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “The Golden Land”
  • “Incredible Vision of a Half-Blind Man: Carl Fisher”
  • “Jabberwocky: Body Image”
  • “Legends of the Celtic Harp”
  • “Prostate Dialogues and Tales of the Tallywhacker”
  • “A Shining Jewel on the Dune: Marquette Park”
  • “Stories Are Who We Are”

Theatre on the Square (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein”
  • “Becoming Dr. Ruth”
  • “Enter, Love: the Airport Musical”
  • “Going…Going…Gone”
  • “Miss Gulch Returns”
  • “Rapture, Blister, Burn” – twice
  • “Wolves”

Three Dollar Bill Comedy (hybrid?; Indianapolis)

  • “Advent Calen-DURRR!”

University of Indianapolis Theatre (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “The Odd Couple (Female Version)”

Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project (professional; Indianapolis – resident theatre company at Indy Fringe Theatre.)

  • “Fat Pig” – twice

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

(Photo above was taken by me with my trusty old iPhone when a friend and I were indulging in cake for breakfast. Yummy cake! Yummy theatre!)

© 2015 Hope Baugh

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