2016 Directory of Shows I’ve Seen

 

Fancy, Old Fashioned Theater Seats - Benjamin Thompson

(Last updated 12/21/16)

I realized recently that one of the many reasons I love going to see live theatre is because whether it makes me laugh, cry, or think, it usually gives me an experience of good communication. If there has been fear or pain or sorrow in my personal or work life due to communication failures, I am comforted that I can go to one of my favorite theatres with an open heart and…understand what is going on.

Writing this makes me laugh, but it is true.

I don’t know what 2016 will mean for me in terms of writing about theatre but I do know I want to see a lot of shows.  I bought flex passes to the Phoenix Theatre and to Theatre on the Square; a World Class Pass to the Indiana Repertory Theatre; and a VIP membership to Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. I hope to see shows at several other Indianapolis area theatres as well, and probably at least a handful in Bloomington, Indiana and maybe other places.

Below is what I’ve seen so far in 2016.  I will update it all year as I go along, as I did in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Shows I saw in 2016 in the order I saw them:

Thursday, January 14 – “Butler” by Richard Strand at the Phoenix Theatre.

Tuesday, January 26 – “Run for Your Wife” at Beef and Boards.

Sunday, January 31 – “Skylight” by David Hare at Theatre on the Square.

Tuesday, February 9 – “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Wednesday, February 10 – “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler; presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater.

Sunday, February 14 – “Doubt: a Parable” by John Patrick Shanley at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

Monday, February 15 – “Desdemona, a Play About a Hankerchief” by Paula Vogel – chosen by Carrie Ann Schlatter for this month’s Indy Actors Playground reading at Indy Reads Books.  She was joined by Jolene Mentink Moffatt and Amy Hayes, with Joshua C. Ramsey reading stage directions.

Thursday, February 18 – “Pulp” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Sunday, February 21 – “Killer Joe” at Theatre on the Square.

Wednesday, March 16 – “Gene Stratton-Porter” storyteller at the Carmel Clay Public Library.

Saturday, March 19 – “Sister Act” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Sunday, March 20 – “White City Murder” by Ben Asaykwee, starring Ben Asaykwee and Claire Wilcher. Presented by Q Artistry at the Irvington Lodge.

Thursday, March 24 – “On Clover Road” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Saturday, April 9 – “Guys and Dolls” at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Thursday, April 28 – “Library Service: It’s No Tall Tale!” storytelling keynote by Stephanie Holman at the Indiana Library Federation District IV conference at Avon Public Library in Avon, Indiana. Presented via Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Thursday, April 28 – “Spinning a Tale on a Piece of Hoosier History” storytelling keynote by Sally Perkins at the Indiana Library Federation District IV conference at Avon Public Library in Avon, Indiana. Presented via Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Thursday, April 28 – “Leyenda” by Tom Horan and Bryan Fonseca at the Phoenix Theatre.

Saturday, April 30 – “Bridge and Tunnel” by Sarah Jones, starring Millicent Wright, at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Monday, May 9 – Maggie Stiefvater on tour for the release of The Raven King, the conclusion to her “Raven Boys” book series. She is a fun spoken-word storyteller, too, so I’m counting my road trip to Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio to hear her as a show.

Saturday, May 14 – “Unnecessary Farce” by Paul Slade Smith. Presented by the Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Directed by Darrin Murrell. Cast: Leah Brenner, Scot Greenwell, Ken Klingenmeier, Roger Ortman, Vickie Cornelius Phipps, Jenny Reber and Scott Russell.

Monday, May 16 – “‘night, Mother” by Marsha Norman. Read for the Indy Actors’ Playground at Indy Reads Books by Claire Wilcher and Gigi Gennewein Fenlon. Scot Greenwell chose the script, cast it and read aloud some of the stage directions. Paul Hansen was the MC.

Saturday, May 21 – “The Mousetrap” by Agathe Christie at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. “The world’s longest running stage play.”

Saturday, May 21 – “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by William Shakespeare, produced by Wisdom Tooth Theatre Company at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Sunday, May 22 – “Lobby Channel” by Paige Scott, produced by Casey Ross Productions at Grove Haus.

Sunday, May 22 – “Lobby Channel” – the evening performance, too!

Thursday, May 26 – Indy 500 driver Pippa Mann’s talk at the Carmel Clay Public Library.

Thursday, May 26 – “The Book of Merman” by Leo Schwartz at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, June 3 – “Sabertooth” by Bennett Ayres – world premiere at Theatre on the Square.

Saturday, June 4 – “Keeping Hinkle ‘Hinkle'” – world premiere of a storytelling piece by Sally Perkins commissioned by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Indiana Lankmarks and Butler University. Presented at the newly renovated Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler campus.

Wednesday, June 15 – “Beauty and the Beast” at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Thursday, June 23 – “The House of Blue Lights” written by Bennett Ayres, “devised by” NoExit Performance, presented at Carpentry Hall at Central State.

Sunday, June 26 – “Hand to God” by Robert Askins at the Phoenix Theatre.  Talk back with Broadway producer Bradley Reynolds afterwards.

Saturday, July 2 – “Billy Elliott the Musical” – lyrics by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Directed by Bob Harbin for BobDirex at the Marian University Theatre.

Saturday, July 30 – “Zirkus Grimm” by Ben Asaykwee, presented by Q Artistry at the Circle City Industrial Complex.

Friday, August 12 – “Acid Dolphin Experiment” world premiere written by Tom Horan, directed by Bill Simmons at the Phoenix Theatre.

Saturday, August 13 – “Heathers the Musical” – music, lyric and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Directed by Zack Neiditch, produced by Zach Rosing at Theatre on the Square.

Sunday, August 14 – “Church Basement Ladies”  – book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke, music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Friday, August 19 – “I’d Like to See More of You: a Vaudevillian Burlesque” – Bob Harbin – BobDirex – Indy Fringe Theatre Festival on the Theatre on the Square’s Main Stage.

Saturday, September 3 – Author J. W. Troemner reading from her new book, Mark of the Dragon (Book #1 in the Urban Dragon series) – Indy Reads Books.

Friday, September 16 – Long Form Comedy – late night at ComedySportz but not a ComedySportz event.

Wednesday, September 21 – “Peter and the Starcatcher” based on novel by Dave Barry – Donor preview – Phoenix Theatre.

Sunday, September 25 – “The Other Side” – storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy – presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

Saturday, October 1 – “It’s Only a Play” by Terrence McNally – Theatre on the Square

Thursday, October 13 – “The Three Musketeers” adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush – Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Monday, October 17 – “The Weir” by Conor McPherson – chosen by Adam Crowe for the Indy Actors Playground at Indy Reads Books.

Tuesday, October 18 – “Going Public” event for the new Phoenix Theatre space. This included a short video and short presentations by Bryan Fonseca, Frank Basile, the architect and others, ending with a champagne toast.

Saturday, October 22 – “The Rocky Horror Show” by Richard O’Brien. Live stage musical presented by Zach Rosing Productions at the Athenaeum. Directed by Zach Neiditch. I saw both the 7:30 and the 10:30 performances.

Thursday, October 27 – “Into the Woods” at  Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine.

Saturday, October 29 – “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel, Indiana.  Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.

Wednesday, November 9 – “Cabaret” by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater in Carmel, Indiana. Based on the book by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb. Ben Asaykwee was the MC, Eric Olson the American writer visiting Berlin, and Cynthia Collins as Sally Bowles.

Wednesday, November 16 – “Into the Woods” at Beef and Boards a second time.

Sunday, November 20 – “Static” by Tom Horan at the Phoenix Theatre.

Wednesday, November 23 – “A Very Phoenix Xmas 11: I’m Dreaming of an Intersectionally Thoughtful, Multicultural Winter Holiday” preview at the Phoenix Theatre. Several short plays and other performance pieces curated by Bryan Fonseca and Tom Horan.

Saturday, December 3 – “It’s a Wonderful Life” adapted by Russell McGee. Presented by the Monroe County Civic Theatre at the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, Indiana.

Shows I saw in 2016 in order by company or festival name:

Actors Theatre of Indiana (professional; Carmel, Indiana)

  • “Cabaret”
  • “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • “Unnecessary Farce”

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “Church Basement Ladies”
  • “Guys and Dolls”
  • “Into the Woods” (twice)
  • “Run for Your Wife”
  • “Sister Act”

BobDirex (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Billy Elliott the Musical”
  • “I’d Like to See More of You: a Vaudevillian Burlesque”

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre (hybrid; Carmel, Indiana)

  • “Doubt: a Parable”
  • “Young Frankenstein”

Casey Ross Productions (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Lobby Channel” (twice)

Indiana Repertory Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Bridge and Tunnel”
  • “The Mousetrap”
  • “The Mystery of Irma Vep”
  • “The Three Musketeers”

Indy Actors Playground at Indy Reads Books (professionals donating their time to read aloud plays not normally produced here or for which they would not normally be cast; Indianapolis)

  • February: Carrie Ann Schlatter chose “Desdemona, a Play About a Hankerchief”
  • May: Scot Greenwell chose “‘Night, Mother”
  • October: Adam Crowe chose “The Weir”

Miscellaneous

  • “Gene Stratton-Porter” storyteller at the Carmel Clay Public Library
  • Late-night Long Form Comedy – held at ComedySportz but not a ComedySportz event.
  • J.W. Troemner reading – Urban Dragon series – Indy Reads Books – Indianapolis
  • Maggie Stiefvater – Raven King tour – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pippa Mann, driver for the Indianapolis 500 – Carmel Clay Public Library

Monroe County Civic Theatre (volunteers; Bloomington, Indiana)

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life”

NoExit Performance  (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “The House of Blue Lights”

Phoenix Theatre (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “Acid Dolphin Experiment”
  • “The Book of Merman”
  • “Butler”
  • “Going Public” event
  • “Hand to God”
  • “Leyenda”
  • “On Clover Road”
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • “Pulp”
  • “Static”
  • “A Very Phoenix Xmas 11”

Q Artistry (hybrid: Indianapolis)

  • “White City Murder”
  • “Zirkus Grimm”

Storytelling Arts of Indiana (professional: Indianapolis)

  • “Keeping Hinkle ‘Hinkle'” – Sally Perkins
  • “Library Service: It’s No Tall Tale” – Stephanie Holman
  • “The Other Side” – Clare Muireann Murphy
  • “Spinning a Tale on a Piece of Hoosier History” – Sally Perkins

Theatre on the Square (hybrid; Indianapolis)

  • “Heathers the Musical”
  • “It’s Only a Play”
  • “Killer Joe”
  • “Sabertooth”
  • “Skylight”

Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project (professional; Indianapolis)

  • “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Zach Rosing Productions (hybrid? Indianapolis)

  • “The Rocky Horror Show” (twice)

‘See you the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

By the way, I tweet about #indystage shows as @IndyTheatre on Twitter.  I post about #indystage shows (and other things) on Instagram as @Hope.Baugh.

© 2016 Hope Baugh

(Photo above is called “Fancy, Old Fashioned Theater Seats” and was taken by Benjamin Thompson. I found it in the Creative Commons area of Flickr.com.)

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