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.

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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.

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2014 Directory of Shows

Sushi with umbrella re-sized

(last updated January 13, 2015)

I am late getting my 2014 directory started because I am part bear and we have had a record-breaking winter here in Indianapolis, Indiana.  45 inches of snow and below-zero(F) temperatures make me want to just stay in bed and sleep until spring.

But now it is almost March and I have seen enough shows even with the weather challenges that I want to at least make a note of them here on my blog.  So…

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Hope’s Theatre Year 2012: The Best, the Most, the Other…

I know, I know: most people have already shared their “best of 2012” lists and moved on.  What can I say?  Sometimes I like to linger.

Before I talk about the shows that impressed me and/or affected me most in 2012, I’d like to make note of a few other things that were unique to this past year for me:

 

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2013 Directory of Shows

(Last updated 1/8/14)

It’s that time again: time to set up my Directory of Shows Seen for the year. By a quick count, I saw 76.5 live theatre or storytelling shows (85.5 performances) in 26 theatres in 2012.  For comparison: I think I saw 91 live theatre shows in 2011, 120 in 2010, 134 in 2009, and 144 in 2008.

As in previous years, I will add to this Directory every time I see a show, and I will enjoy looking back over it at the end of the year and in years to come. If you are curious about what I’ve been seeing, feel free to check back here any time.

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

I will also try to keep labeling 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.) 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 write about a show, I will link to the post here, too.

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

Shows I’ve seen so far in 2013 in order by performance company or festival:

Actors Theatre of Indiana – professional; Carmel

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre– professional; Indianapolis

  • 9 to 5
  • “Father of the Bride”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Menopause the Musical”
  • “Smoke on the Mountain”
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “Winnie the Pooh”

The Belfry Theatre – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Noblesville

  • “They Came From Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall In Time for the Townswoman’s Guild’s Coffee Morning”

Bobdirex – professional; Indianapolis, usually at the Athenaeum

  • “Spamalot” – twice

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre – hybrid; Carmel

  • “Into the Woods”

Broadway in Indianapolis – professional, touring; Indianapolis

  • “Sister Act” at the Murat Theatre in the Old National Centre

Buck Creek Players – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

  • “City of Angels”

Carmel Community Players – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Carmel

  • “Steel Magnolias”

Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Claire Wilcher”

The Children’s Museum – professional; Indianapolis

  • “The Magic Snowman”
  • “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”
  • “The Tortoise and the Hare”

ComedySportz Indianapolis – professional; Indianapolis

Defiance Comedy – hybrid; Indianapolis

  • “Boy Band, Episode 2: Battle of the Boy Bands 2013” at the White Rabbit Cabaret

EclecticPond Theatre Company – hybrid; Indianapolis

  • “10×10: Brevity Is the Soul of Wit” at the Irvington Lodge
  • “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Irvington Lodge
  • “10×10: Shakespeare” at the Irvington Lodge – reprise
  • See also “Shakespeare Wrote What?” in the 2013 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival

Epilogue Players – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

  • “Two Nights Only”

Footlite Musicals – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

  • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – twice
  • “Follies”

Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre – professional; Indianapolis

  • “The Taming of the Shrew” in White River State Park

Indiana Repertory Theatre – professional; Indianapolis

  • Jackie and Me
  • “A Little Night Music”
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • “The Whipping Man”

Indy Actors Playground – free staged readings done by professional actors with a different actor choosing the surprise play each month; coordinated by Bill Simmons and Lou Harry, held at Indy Reads Books, usually the 3rd Monday of the month; Indianapolis

  • “Becky Shaw” – written by Gina Gionfriddo, chosen and cast by Karen Irwin.
  • “Betty’s Summer Vacation” – written by Christopher Durang, chosen and cast by Scot Greenwell.
  • “The Play’s the Thing” – written by P. G. Wodehouse, chosen and cast by Rob Johansen.

Indy Fringe Theatre – mixture from many artists and companies; Indianapolis

  • “Stewart Talks, Paul Plays, Etc. Just Show Up!”
  • See also the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival under Storytelling Arts of Indiana, and the Indy Fringe Theatre Festival 2013.

Indy Fringe Theatre Festival 2013 –  I wrote about all 27 (28 performances, total) of these shows in one post: http://www.indytheatrehabit.com/2013/08/16/a-librarians-guide-to-the-2013-indy-fringe-theatre-festival/

  • “Abraham Lincoln: Hoosier Hero” – solo show written and performed by Danny Russell on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “The All-New Bonnie Bitch’s Obey Comedy Hypnosis Show” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “A Baptist Girl’s Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness” – solo storytelling show written and performed by Lou Ann Homan on the Phoenix Basile sage.
  • “The Beast, the Lady, and the Sanguine Man” – presented by NoExit Performance in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “The Billy Willy Show” – ComedySportz
  • “Burning Brothels: Sex and Death in Nevada” – a solo show written and performed by Katherine Glover on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Cathedral City” – solo show written and performed by Kurt Fitzpatrick on Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.  I saw this show twice.
  • “De Sade” – music and lyrics written by Ben Asaykwee based on the writing of the Marquis de Sade. Presented by Q Artistry in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)” – solo magic show written and performed by Dirk Darrow on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “The Greatest Speech of All Time” – Performed by Timothy Mooney on the Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “I Named My Penis Linda” – solo show written and performed by comedian Stewart Huff on the ComedySportz stage
  • “La Vie, L’amour (Life, Love)” – vocalist Gail Payne accompanied by pianist David Duncan performed in the Cook Theatre.
  • “Lashes Off..Songs of Sex, Secrets, and Stripping” – created by Lynn Lupold and Kenny Shepard, produced by Red Boat Productions and Sold Out Run, performed on the Theatre on the Square’s Main Stage.
  • “The Pureville Townhall Meeting” – written and performed by Susan Rex Wolfley, presented by SquinchyFace Productions on the Cook Theatre stage.
  • “Rough Sex and Other Bad Words” solo show written and performed by Michael Todd Swinford on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “Shakespeare Wrote What…?” – presented by Eclectic Pond Theatre Company at the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Stairway to Kevin” – solo storytelling and music show written and performed by Kevin Thornton in the Indy Fringe Theatre building.
  • “Tapman” – tap dancing/singing/storytelling show written by Tristan Burns and performed by him and three other dancers in the Cook Theatre.
  • “Trailer Park American: Story of a Progressive White Trash Liberal” – solo show written and performed by comedian Mat Alano-Martin on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Two Motherf#ck*rs On a Ledge” – written by Ronn Johnstone, directed by Callie Burk, presented by Wisdom Tooth Productions on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “Underneath the Lintel” – solo play written by Glen Berger, performed by Pat O’Brien on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile stage.
  • “Waiting: a Love Story” – solo show written and performed by Sherri Rose on the Babeca stage.
  • “We May Very Well Be Sued – a Dalt Wisney Tribute” – written and performed by the members of Three Dollar Bill Comedy in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Welcome to the Monkey House” – ShadowApe Theatre Company adapted stories by Kurt Vonnegut and presented them in the Phoenix Theatre
  • “What Biscuits” – solo comedy show written and performed by Phil Van Hest performed on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Wry” – solo show written and performed by Kim McCann on the Phoenix Theatre Basile stage.
  • “Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods” solo show written and performed by Dan Bernitt on the Basile stage of the Phoenix Theatre.

Ivy Tech Student Productions – hybrid; Bloomington

  • “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” at the Waldron

Miscellaneous

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter” at the Palladium in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel
  • “Dolphin Show” at the Indianapolis Zoo
  • “From the West End” – Indy Men’s Chorus at the Indiana History Center
  • Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” by Stephen King and John Mellencamp at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington.
  • “Peter Pan” by the Indiana Dance Ensemble at the Tarkington Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel
  • “Spring Concert” – 1st graders at Carmel Elementary School in Carmel

NoExit Performance – hybrid; Indianapolis

  • “Nutcracker” at the Irvington Theatre (twice)
  • “Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators” on an installation stage at Garfield Park
  • Yellow Wallpaper” at the Irvington Lodge
  • “This is NOT Shakespeare’s Macbeth” at the Irvington Office Center
  • See also the 2013 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival

Off-Main Street Players – all volunteer; Zionsville

  • “Amateurs” – twice

Opera Notre Dame – hybrid; South Bend

  • “Dialogues des Carmelites”

Phoenix Theatre – professional; Indianapolis

  • “4000 Miles” – twice
  • “Clybourne Park”
  • Guapa
  • “Love, Lost, and What I Wore”
  • “The Lyons” – twice
  • Next to Normal
  • “Rancho Mirage”
  • “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • “A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High”

Q Artistry – hybrid; Indianapolis

  • “Fowl”
  • “Grendel” in association with Half/Black Productions at the Irvington Lodge.
  • “Treasure Island: Rock ‘n’ the Ocean”
  • Zirkus Grimm” – 3 times
  • See also “De Sade” in the 2013 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival

Say When Theatre Company – all volunteer? (possibly all college students); Fishers

  • “Melancholy Play”

Stageworthy Productions – all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

Storytelling Arts of Indiana – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Celtic Harp and Story” by Patrick Ball at the Indiana History Center
  • “Chicken Soup for the Chicken” by Kevin Kling at the Indiana History Center
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Army Life for Father” developed and performed by Bob and Kathi Myers
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Woman Versus the Blues” developed and performed by Deborah Asante as Suki Lue Ambers
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Too Crazy to Know Better” developed and performed by Sandra Harris
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “I Grew Up in the U.S. Navy” developed and performed by John Robertson
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Abigail Gray: Follow the Drinking Gourd” developed and performed by Sharon Kirk Clifton as the title character
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Hoosier in Tokyo: A Tale of Leaving Home and Finding It Again” developed and performed by Hope Baugh
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Gathering Coal for the Lord” developed and performed by Lou Ann Homan
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “The Space” developed and performed by George Shricker
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “With This Brush” developed and performed by Sondra Hayes Hartman
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “The Rivertown Dispatch” developed and performed by Jennie Kiffmeyer
  • Frank Basile Emerging Stories Festival at the Indy Fringe Theatre: “Tails from the Kennel” developed and performed by Sallie Perkins
  • “Go Tell It On the Mountain: Songs and Stories of Light featuring Kim and Reggie Harris”
  • “Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart” by Barbara McBride-Smith at the Indiana History Center

Theatre on the Square (TOTS) – hybrid; Indianapolis

Three Dollar Bill Comedy – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Waiting Up” at the Indy Fringe Theatre building
  • See also the Indy Fringe Theatre Festival

Two First Name Productions – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Going…Going…Gone!” – January edition at the Indy Fringe Theatre
  • See also Indy Fringe Theatre Festival 2013

Westfield Playhouse/Mainstreet Productions of Westfield – all volunteer; Westfield

  • “Agnes of God”

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Shows I’ve seen so far in 2013 in the order I saw them:

Thursday, January 3 – “Guapa” by Caridad Svich at the Phoenix Theatre.  Produced and directed by Bryan Fonseca.

Sunday, January 6 – “The Magic Snowman” by Stephen Murray at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Directed by Ty Stover, this show starred Ben Asaykwee, Michael Hosp, Jaddy Ciucci, and Patrick Mullen, accompanied by music director Teresa O’Connell on on-stage piano.  Theatre manager: Krista Layfield.  Choreography by Kenny Shepard.  Scenic design by Jay Gant. Costume design/construction by Brian Horton. Lighting Design/Sound engineering by Brent Winderlich. Stage manager/scenic painting: Abigail Copeland. Front of house:  Sara Thomas. VP of Exp. Development/Family Learning: Jennifer Pace Robinson.

Sunday, January 6 – “Going..Going..Gone! – January edition” by Lou Harry and John Thomas at the Indy Fringe Theatre. This month featured three actors from NoExit Performance Company: Georgeanna Smith, Ryan Mullins, and Matthew Goodrich.

Monday, January 7 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz. Teacher: Michael Davis.

Saturday, January 12 – “Jackie and Me” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, January 12 – “10×10: Brevity Is the Soul of Wit” – Shakespeare’s top ten plays, ten minutes each. Adapted by Thomas Cardwell and Jeremy Grimmer. Directed by Thomas Cardwell. Presented by EclecticPond Theatre Company at the Irvington Lodge.

Monday, January 14 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz.  Teacher: Jon Colby.

Friday, January 18 – “Cinderella, Unscripted” – ComedySportz.  (I used a free pass from improv class.)

Saturday, Janury 19 – “Hello Ricky Nelson, Goodbye Heart” storytelling program for adults told by Barbara McBride-Smith.  Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Monday, January 21 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz.  Teacher: Ed Trout.

Monday, January 28 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz. Teacher: Michael Davis.

Thursday, January 31 – “Next to Normal” – Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, February 1 – “Cinderella Unscripted” – ComedySportz.  (I used another free pass from improv class.)

Thursday, February 7 – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – Ivy Tech at Waldron Center – Bloomington.

Friday, February 8 – “Musical of Musicals” – Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theatre – Carmel.

Saturday, February 9 – “A Little Night Music” – Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, February 9 – “Grendel” – Half Black Productions and Q Artistry at the Irvington Lodge.

Monday, February 11 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz.  Teacher: Dave Ruark.

Tuesday, February 12 – “9 to 5” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Friday, February 15 – “Naked Boys Singing” at Theatre on the Square (TOTS).

Monday, February 18 – Level 2 Intermediate Improv Class at ComedySportz.  Teacher: Dave Ruark.

Thursday, February 21 – “Yellow Wallpaper,” adapted by Ryan Mullins from a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Directed by Ryan Mullins for NoExit Performance at Q Artistry’s venue.

Saturday, March 2 – “Nocturne,” written by Adam Rapp.  Directed by John Kastner for Stageworthy Productions.

Sunday, March 3 – “Steel Magnolias,” written by Robert Harling.  Directed by Jason Gloye for Carmel Community Players. Cast:  Laura Baltz as Truvy; Casey Votaw as Annelle; Joellyn Young as Clairee; Sarah McGee as Shelby; Vickie Cornelius Phipps as M’lynn; Lori Raffel as Ouiser.  Assistant director: Nate Walden.  Producer: Vince Acceturo.  Costumes: cast.  Set design: Lori Raffel.  Set decoration: Lori Raffel and Jason Gloye.  Set construction: Michael Gloye, Zoya Gloye, Larry Montag, Jason Gloye, Tiffany Johnsen, Sarah McGee, Joellyn Young, Lori Raffel, Laura baltz, Brett Baltz.  Excecutive producer: Larry Montag.  Sound design: Nate Walden.  Lighting design: Perry Hilficker.  Light and sound board op:  Logan Graham.  Properties: cast, Christian Baltz.  Stage manager: Addison D. Ahrendts.  Program and poster design: Lori Raffel.

Sunday, March 3 – “Sister Act” touring production presented by Broadway in Indianapolis at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre.  Music by Alan Menken.  Lyrics by Glenn Slater. Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.  Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joesph Howard.  Starring Ta-Rea Campbell as Delores Van Cartier and Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior.   Florrie Bagel is Mary Patrick.  Charles Barksdale is TJ.  E. Clayton Cornelious is Eddie Souther.  Diane J. Findlay is Mary Lazarus.  Todd A. Horman is Joey.  Kingsley Leggs is Curtis Jackson.  Richard Pruitt is Monsignor O’Hara.  Ernie Pruneda is Pablo.  Lael Van Keuren is  Mary Robert.  Ensemble:  Melvin Abston, Brian Cali, Alysha Deslorieux, Karen Elliott, Danny George, Blair Goldberg, Jacqui Graziano, Erin Henry, Wendy James, Trisha Jeffrey, Mary Jo McConnell, Ashley Moniz, Michelle Rombola, Jason Simon, Angie Marie Smith, Tricia Tanguy, Kelly E. Waters, Dashaun Young.  Directed by Jerry Zaks.  Choreography by Anthony Van Laast.  Producers: Whoopi Goldberg, Joop Van Den Ende, Bill Taylor and Randall A. Buck.  Scenic design: Klara Zieglerova.  Costume design: Lez Brotherston.  Lighting design: Natasha Katz.  Sound design: Ken Travis.  Wig and hair design: David Brian Brown.  Technical supervision:  MB Productions.  Associate director: Steven Beckler.  Associate choreographer: Janet Rothermel.  Music director: Brent-Alan Huffman. Orchestrations: Doug Besterman.  Dance music arranger: Mark Hummel.  Music coordinator:  Talitha Fehr and TL Music International.  Music supervisor, vocal and incidental music arrangements:  Michael Kosarin.

Thursday, March 7 – “The Lyons” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, March 8 – Violinist “Anne-Sophie Mutter” at the Palladium, with pianist Lambert Orkis.

Thursday, March 14 – “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Footlite Musicals.

Saturday, March 16 – “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Footlite Musicals. (2nd time)

Sunday, March 17 – “The Lyons” at the Phoenixt Theatre. (2nd time)

Sunday, March 17 – “Killing Kittens” at Theatre on the Square.

Tuesday, March 19 – “The Whipping Man,” written by Matthew Lopez – Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Wednesday, March 20 – “Boy Bands, Episode Two: Battle of the Boy Bands 2013,” written by Matt Kramer and presented by Defiance Comedy at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square.

Tuesday, April 2 – “Menopause the Musical” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Friday, April 5 – “From the West End” – Indy Men’s Chorus with Claire Wilcher and Jacquelynne Fontaine at the Indiana History Center.

Saturday, April 13 – “Chicken Soup for the Chicken” storytelling by Kevin Kling as part of Storytelling Arts of Indiana’s annual fundraiser, “The Talk of the Town” at the Indiana History Center.

Sunday, April 14 – “Clybourne Park” at the Phoenix Theatre

Sunday, April 21 – “The Tortoise and the Hare” at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Thursday, April 25 – “Stewart Talks, Paul Plays, Etc. Just Show Up!” – comedians Paul Strickland and Stewart Huff at the Indy Fringe Theatre

Saturday, April 27 – “Dialogues des Carmelites” – presented by Notre Dame Opera at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.

Saturday, April 28 – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” written by Oscar Wilde, directed by Paige Scott for Eclectic Pond Theatre Company at the Irvington Lodge.

Tuesday, April 30 – “Spring Concert” by the 1st Graders at Carmel Elementary School.

Thursday, May 1 – “Into the Woods” at Booth Tarkington Civic.

Sunday, May 5 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

Thursday, May 9 – “Follies” by Footlite Musicals at the Hedback Theatre

Sunday, May 12 – “Fowl” presented by QArtistry

Thursday, May 16 – “Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators,” written by David Hoppe, directed by Georgeanna Smith for NoExit Performance. Performed on an installation stage at Garfield Park.

Saturday, May 18 – “Peter Pan” presented by Indiana Dance Ensemble at the Tarkington Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Sunday, May 19 – “Dolphin Show” at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Sunday, May 19 – “4000 Miles” written by Amy Herzog, directed by Bill Simmons at the Phoenix Theatre.

Monday, May 20 – “Betty’s Summer Vacation” written by Christopher Durang. A staged reading at Indy Reads Books, part of the Indy Actors’s Playground monthly series. This one was presented by Bill Simmons and hosted/selected by Scot Greenwell.  The stage directions were read by Chris Saunders.  The actors included Scot Greenwell, Erin Cohenour, Scott Russell, Rob Johansen, Megan McKinney, Georgeanna Smith, Claire Wilcher, Pete Lindblom, and Zach (Zachariah) Stonerock.

Thursday, May 23 – “4000 Miles” at the Phoenix Theatre – a second time.

Saturday, May 25 – “Two Nights Only” fundraiser cabaret for Epilogue Players. Directed by William Andrews and MC’d by Susan Page Freeman. They also sang. No paper program so only my memory tells me that the other performers included Ginny Pugh Spellman, Jodi Stockton, Erin Cohenour, and…

Tuesday, May 28 – “The Sound of Music” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Saturday, June 8 – “Amateurs” by the Off Main Street Players in Zionsville.  Written by Tom Griffin. Directed by Marcus Waye.14

Friday, June 14 – “Amateurs” by the Off Main Street Players in Zionsville – a second time.

Saturday, June 15 – “City of Angels” at Buck Creek Players.

Sunday, June 23 – “Spamalot” by Bobdirex at the Athenaeum.

Thursday, June 27 – “This is NOT Shakespeare’s Macbeth” by NoExit Performance at the Irvington Office Center. ” Afterwards, I tweeted: “‘Intense!’ – Mike. ‘Creative!’ – Don. ‘Bloody!’ – Hope.”

Saturday, June 98 – Spamalot” by Bobdirex at the Athenaeum – a second time. Afterwards, I tweeted:

  • “‘Hummed ‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life’ back to my car. Gorgeous night on #MassAve in #Indy & I am in love with all of #indystage.”
  • “Fun talking with @DTIndyMike, @IndyGowan & his wife, Darla, at final perf of @bobdirex’s #SpamalotIndy. Fun people-watching, too.”
  • “But most fun of all was the #SpamalotIndy show itself. WHAT a treat! I’m sad I can’t see it again and again and again. #indystage.”
  • “Chuck, you were outstanding at Arthur! So glad I was there! RT @chazgoad: So glad you enjoyed Spamalot! It was a fun ride to be on!”
  • (and a few days later) “I’m not dead yet either. (Still thinking about @bobdirex’s ‘Spamalot.’) #indystage #life”

Sunday, June 30 – “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Tale” at the Lilly Theater in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Afterwards, I tweeted:

  • “The godkids & I loved @TCMIndy’s beautiful, funny ‘Rapunzel.’ The whole big crowd stayed enrapt the whole time. Fun! #Indy #Indystage.”
  • “@JennyLauren428 My godson loved the ‘stinky feet’ joke best and I loved the singing best but yes, Edgar did do a good job with R’s hair! lol”

Thursday, July 11 – Clay Mabbit interviewed me for his “Sold Out Run” podcast. (Podcast #15.)

Friday, July 12 – “Melancholy Play” by Sarah Ruhl, produced by the Say When Theatre Company at the Ambassador House in the Heritage Gardens in Fishers, Indiana. Afterwards, I tweeted:

  • “The playwright decided where I ended up 2night. I love Sarah Ruhl. #indystage #fishers @SayWhenTheatre pic.twitter.com/eyLx950eVw”
  • “This is the Ambassador House in #Fisher’s Heritage Gardens. Lovely setting for an #indystage show! pic.twitter.com/gJhmERdyTJ”
  • “The ‘stage’ is under a tent around the back of the house. I love intimate #indystage settings! pic.twitter.com/IBggPdJKLH.” (I or l)
  • “No theatre lights or sound equipment that I can see but we’re surrounded by flowers, and there’s a cello! @SayWhenTheatre #indystage”
  • “OH: MANY fans of director Zach Donovan & cast. 2-nite run. @SayWhenTheatre’s “Melancholy Play” sold out (62 tix) last night. #indystage”
  • “I know nothing about this company, director, or cast but/and I’m glad to be here to hear/see a new2me Ruhl play. @SayWhenTheatre #indystage”
  • “Oh, that prod of Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Melancholy Play’ was a TREAT. @SayWhenTheatre of #Fishers is def’ly on my #indystage radar now.”
  • “@Zach_Donovan Yay! Please tell your cast the feeling was mutual. 🙂 And please keep in touch. I’d like to hear about future productions.”

Saturday, July 13 – “Zirkus Grimm” – a musical by Ben Asaykwee and Q Artistry, based on stories by the Brothers Grimm. I tweeted:

  • I’m IN a circus tent for @QArtistry’s indoor “Zirkus Grimm.” Very cool. #Indy #indystage
  • Interm. @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm.” Lots to think about! Sexy, creative people singing, dancing, & storytelling up close.  #indystage #indy
  • OH after @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm” – “Awesome is an understatement.” I liked it, too. 🙂 #indystage #indy
  • There were sound problems at first in @QArtistry’s ZirkusGrimm but they were fixed as the show went on. #indy #indystage
  • Exciting, exquisite & ultimately endearing, @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm” is a richly creative treatment of iconic stories. #indystage #Indy
  • Nor for (most) kids & not for last-minute whims. @QArtistry’s ZirkusGrimm is looking to have a sold out run. #indystage #indy #makers
  • Actually, nein. DON’T buy tix to the world premiere of @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm.” I’d like to see it several more times.
  • Just kidding. Go ahead and buy ZirkusGrimm tix. But I do want to see this new @QArtistry show again if I can.
  • (the next day) ‘Slept deeply, intense dreams, woke up thinking about @QArtistry’s richly-layered “Zirkus Grimm.” Must. See. Again! #indy #indystage

Monday, July 15 – Indy Actors Playground at Indy Reads Books. Karen Irwin’s pick: Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw.” Afterwards, I tweeted:

  • I agree w/play selector/actor @karendirwin that sometimes the best plays aren’t about huge, cataclysmic events but rather everyday glimpses.

Tuesday, July 16 – “Smoke on the Mountain” – Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. I tweeted:

  • I’m at @beefandboards, waiting to see “Smoke on the Mountain.” ‘Been looking forward to this all day. #Indy #indystage
  • No balloons but @beefandboards is PACKED. ‘Bet there’ll be some anniversaries tonight anyway.
  • Jeff Stockberger sighting at @beefandboards. All turn to look, including me. OH (overheard) “He could do a whole show w/just his facial expressions!”
  • Funny, fun curtain talk at @beefandboards and yes, lots of birthdays and anniversaries. One couple 67 years! Whew!
  • I love seeing all the stringed instruments waiting on the @beefandboards stage. Almost time for “Smoke on the Mountain!” #indy #indystage
  • Intermission – @beefandboards’ “Smoke on the Mountain.” I’m laughing a lot & enjoying the music. #indy #indystage
  • Oh, my, this Episcopalian enjoyed her night with the Baptist singers in @beefandboards’ “Smoke on the Mountain.” #indy #indystage
  • I enjoyed all of the witness stories but I teared up during the last two. ‘Wouldn’t give nothing for my journey now either. @beefandboards
  • Okay, time for me to “fly away.” Not to heaven quite yet, I hope, but home, anyway. Thanks for a heart-warming evening, @beefandboards.
  • And thanks, server Miguel and assistants, for taking good care of me at @beefandboards tonight, too. As always. 🙂

Saturday, July 20 – “Zirkus Grimm” a second time – Q Artistry. After the show, I tweeted:

  • More tears from me tonight at @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm.” #catharsis #indystage #indy
  • @Denise_Hayden Thanks for coming up & introducing yourself at intermission, & for the work you do on the @QArtistry board! #pleasures #Indy
  • @Kelsee422 @QArtistry Better sound this time so I understood more of the very moving lyrics. #Queenempathy #indystage #ZirkusGrimm
  • There’s a lot going on in @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm” but I love the overflowing creative richness of it. #indy #indystage
  • (later) I’m up late, still thinking about how much I enjoyed @QArtistry’s richly creative “Zirkus Grimm” – even more the second time.

Saturday, July 27 – “Zirkus Grimm” a third time – Q Artistry (after an intense and useful 3-day Midwest Writers Conference in Muncie, Indiana). I tweeted:

  • 3 is the magic number, right? T’is my 3rd time to see “Zirkus Grimm.” My shoes are firmly laced but who knows what magic might happen anyway!
  • Intermission @QArtistry’s “Zirkus Grimm.” 3rd time, 3rd area of the theatre-in-the-round, 3rd kind of understanding & love. #indystage
  • Yep, I love that show. Thanks again, Ben Asaykwee and @QArtistry players for creating and performing “Zirkus Grimm.” #indystage

Saturday, August 3 – “Love, Lost, and What I Wore” by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron – Phoenix Theatre. I tweeted:

  • Whew-wee! Very FULL house downstairs at @Phoenix_Theatre for Ephron’s “Love, Loss, & What I Wore.” #indystage #indy
  • That should be Ephrons’ – this play is by Nora & Delia. #indystage #punctuationmatters
  • Front row, baby, ON the already-intimate Basile stage. ‘Had to ask Bryan for a hand up but I love the creative seating. #indystage
  • Time for Don Burris’ curtain talk. ‘See you after the show!
  • Oh, my, I enjoyed @Phoenix_Theatre’s “Love, Loss & What I Wore.” So many resonances. #indystage #indy
  • I want to go home & draw my fav dresses, too, & remember their related people & experiences, like Gingy did. @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage
  • You don’t have to care about clothes to relate to this play. Everyone has stuff they care about, that triggers memories. @Phoenix_Theatre.
  • Otoh, you can “choose high heels over thinking” or be “bad at purses” & feel at home in this show either way. @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage
  • Speaking of accessories, the @Phoenix_Theatre building is looking pretty fine with its new awning. (Too dark now to photo, ‘sorry.)
  • Really nice mix of actors, too: Gayle Steigerwald, Sara Riemen, Millicent Wright, Lori Raffel & Cindy Phillips. @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage
  • (a few days later) I think @Phoenix_Theatre added a 5pm Sun perf to final wknd of “Love, Loss, & What I Wore.” Understandable: many resonances. #indystage
  • (later) In other #indystage news, @Phoenix_Theatre has added 8 more perfs to “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” by Nora & Delia Ephron. (a second run, after Indy Fringe)

Saturday, August 10 – “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, produced by Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre HART) on the outdoor stage in White River Park. I tweeted:

  • I’m at a table in White River State Park with 2000? other Shakespeare fans. @HARTheatre #indystage #indy pic.twitter.com/HgAAnBlkca
  • Diane Timmerman giving the “Taming of the Shrew” curtain talk. ‘See you at intermission! #Indy #indystage pic.twitter.com/XKWth8Mgsc
  • Intermission – @HARTheatre’s “Taming of the Shrew” outdoors on a beautiful night in White River State Park. #Indy #indystage
  • A tipsy Petruchio (Ryan Artzberger) jumped in the water up to his hips right next to me on his way to marry Kate! @HARTheatre #indystage
  • I’m glad I paid $25 for a table seat. No-charge theatre is great but I like schlepping-free theatre even more. @HARTheatre #indy #indystage
  • I’m loving the show itself, in spite of very bad sound problems. @HARTheatre’s “Shrew” is packed w destination actors nailing it. #Indy
  • Now completely dark out w a crescent moon & caressing breeze. Violet lights on the resting stage. @HARTheatre #indy #indystage
  • Whew! Finally home. ‘Took a while to get out of the White River Park parking garage & no Internet service down there.
  • I appreciated @HARTheatre’s funny & thoughtful interpretation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” but still..(cont)
  • (cont) Nobody (man nor woman) wants their spouse to coerce them into personal growth, even if possible. @HARTheatre #Shrew #Indy
  • I loved that there were kids hanging over the balcony above the crowd, stopping their random playing to watch @HARTheatre’s play. #indystage
  • I also enjoyed coincidentally sitting with a FB friend & hearing her mom rave about Petruchio’s refinishing of her floors. (Ryan’s day job?)
  • Most of all I enjoyed seeing some of my fav pro #indystage actors perform. Too many to name in a tweet, but great cast! @HARTheatre #indy
  • Great cast, great performances. @HARTheatre’s “Taming of the Shrew.” #indystage #indy

Friday, August 16 – August 25 – The Indy Fringe Theatre Festival – 27 shows (one twice) – I wrote about all of them in one blog post: http://www.indytheatrehabit.com/2013/08/16/a-librarians-guide-to-the-2013-indy-fringe-theatre-festival/

  • “Abraham Lincoln: Hoosier Hero” – solo show written and performed by Danny Russell on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “The All-New Bonnie Bitch’s Obey Comedy Hypnosis Show” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “A Baptist Girl’s Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness” – solo storytelling show written and performed by Lou Ann Homan on the Phoenix Basile sage.
  • “The Beast, the Lady, and the Sanguine Man” – presented by NoExit Performance in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “The Billy Willy Show” – ComedySportz
  • “Burning Brothels: Sex and Death in Nevada” – a solo show written and performed by Katherine Glover on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Cathedral City” – solo show written and performed by Kurt Fitzpatrick on Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.  I saw this show twice.
  • “De Sade” – music and lyrics written by Ben Asaykwee based on the writing of the Marquis de Sade. Presented by Q Artistry in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Dirk Darrow: NCSSI (Not Completely Serious Supernatural Investigator)” – solo magic show written and performed by Dirk Darrow on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “The Greatest Speech of All Time” – Performed by Timothy Mooney on the Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “I Named My Penis Linda” – solo show written and performed by comedian Stewart Huff on the ComedySportz stage
  • “La Vie, L’amour (Life, Love)” – vocalist Gail Payne accompanied by pianist David Duncan performed in the Cook Theatre.
  • “Lashes Off..Songs of Sex, Secrets, and Stripping” – created by Lynn Lupold and Kenny Shepard, produced by Red Boat Productions and Sold Out Run, performed on the Theatre on the Square’s Main Stage.
  • “The Pureville Townhall Meeting” – written and performed by Susan Rex Wolfley, presented by SquinchyFace Productions on the Cook Theatre stage.
  • “Rough Sex and Other Bad Words” solo show written and performed by Michael Todd Swinford on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “Shakespeare Wrote What…?” – presented by Eclectic Pond Theatre Company at the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Stairway to Kevin” – solo storytelling and music show written and performed by Kevin Thornton in the Indy Fringe Theatre building.
  • “Tapman” – tap dancing/singing/storytelling show written by Tristan Burns and performed by him and three other dancers in the Cook Theatre.
  • “Trailer Park American: Story of a Progressive White Trash Liberal” – solo show written and performed by comedian Mat Alano-Martin on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Two Motherf#ck*rs On a Ledge” – written by Ronn Johnstone, directed by Callie Burk, presented by Wisdom Tooth Productions on the Theatre on the Square’s Second Stage.
  • “Underneath the Lintel” – solo play written by Glen Berger, performed by Pat O’Brien on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile stage.
  • “Waiting: a Love Story” – solo show written and performed by Sherri Rose on the Babeca stage.
  • “We May Very Well Be Sued – a Dalt Wisney Tribute” – written and performed by the members of Three Dollar Bill Comedy in the Phoenix Theatre.
  • “Welcome to the Monkey House” – ShadowApe Theatre Company adapted stories by Kurt Vonnegut and presented them in the Phoenix Theatre
  • “What Biscuits” – solo comedy show written and performed by Phil Van Hest performed on the ComedySportz stage.
  • “Wry” – solo show written and performed by Kim McCann on the Phoenix Theatre Basile stage.
  • “Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods” solo show written and performed by Dan Bernitt on the Basile stage of the Phoenix Theatre.

Thursday, September 5 – “Father of the Bride” – Beef and Boards. I tweeted:

  • But tonight I am cozy & well cared for at @BeefandBoards. ‘Gonna enjoy several destination actors in “Father of the Bride.”
  • So I’m curious about #thebanksathome. @josephjmervis & @wickywickyLisa, will be you be live-tweeting while you act?!? @beefandboards
  • Yay! Thanks. Vice versa! 🙂 RT “@wickywickyLisa: @IndyTheatre @josephjmervis @beefandboards at least once a show! Happy you’re here. Enjoy. :)’
  • Time for @beefandboards birthdays, anniversaries & groups. One group is here from ENGLAND! Wow! #clapping 🙂
  • Set looks great! Okay, phone away now to give #thebanksathome my full attention. Yay @BeefandBoards “Father of the Bride!” #indystage #indy
  • RT @josephjmervis Our friend Hope stopped by tonight! Maybe she can calm dad down – he’s crazy! #TheBanksAtHome @IndyTheatre pic.twitter.com/8vmRan9kGt
  • @josephjmervis (lol!) I saw when you tweeted that! #ifeelspecial 🙂
  • Intermission @BeefandBoards’ “Father of the Bride.” I’ve laughed a lot, now eavesdropping on nearby couples remembering their own weddings.
  • A @beefandboards actor smoothly & secretly, in character, tweeted about me during the show! What a hoot! Thanks, @josephjmervis! #indystage
  • Ah, that was fun. I bet Kay and Buckley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at @BeefandBoards. 🙂 #indystage #thebanksathome

Saturday, September 14 – “Agnes of God” – Westfield Playhouse. I tweeted:

  • (a few days before) And I may drive over to Westfield soon for “Agnes of God.” ‘Remember that movie? I’d like to see the stage show, too. #indystage
  • Intermission “Agnes of God” at the #Westfield Playhouse. Thought-provoking show! #indystage
  • Whew. “Agnes of God” is one intense play! Thank you, Mainstreet Productions of Westfield, for giving me a chance to see it live. #indystage

Saturday, September 21 – “Celtic Harp and Story” by Patrick Ball, storyteller – presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indian History Center. I tweeted:

  • Irish bard Patrick Ball returns to #Indy 7:30 2nite at the Indiana History Center. More info: http://www.storytellingarts.org. #indystage
  • Well, as I re-read about #storyteller Patrick Ball’s work, he’s American, not Irish, but I still love his Irish songs & stories. #indystage
  • And who can resist a bit of harp playing? (Patrick Ball plays his tonight at 7:30 at the Indiana History Center.)
  • Woo-hoo! They’re making everyone scooch to the middle bc Patrick Ball’s #storytelling show is almost sold out! #indystage #indy
  • Super volunteers Sandra Harris & Ken Oguss recognized 2nite by @storytellingart (Ellen Munds) b4 the Patrick Ball show. I thank them, too! #indystage
  • Intermission – Patrick Ball’s storytelling & harp playing are enchanting me in new ways. ‘So glad I came. #indystage
  • Applause for Joyce Ellinger, the American Sign Language interpreter for Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Yes!
  • Well, that was a treat. Thanks, @storytellingart, for bringing storytelling Patrick Ball & his harp back to #Indy! #indystage #storytelling
  • I love @AllisonLCarter’s review of Patrick Ball’s harp & storytelling show: allisonlcarter.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/a-m… #indystage @storytellingart #indy

Saturday, October 5 – Not a theatre show but I want to remember that this was the day that theatre videographer Zach Rosing held an open house at his new home on Broadway. It is a very fun house, already filled with his uniquely creative energy. Piano for sing-a-longs in the front party room, bold art on the walls, huge and wonderful gathering table in the kitchen, hot tub off the back porch, closet and shower to swoon over upstairs (and the stairs!), and a spiffy video screening room and home office with separate entrance in the basement.  And much closer than his old house to most of the theatres that hire him.  I’m happy for you, Zach and wish you many great experiences in your new home!

Tuesday, October 8 – “Les Miserables” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. I tweeted”

  • (the day before) My dad’s men’s group loved @BeefandBoards’ “Let Miserables” this past wknd. I’m going this week! #indystage
  • (the day of) Grouchy, tired, & tearful: perfectly primed for a cathartic live theatre experience. (lol)
  • (at the theatre) Looking forward to @beefandboards’ “Les Miserables.” Beef first, boards later. ‘Bet I’ma wanna slip some beef to the orphans. #indystage
  • Heh. I’ve 5 in my pocket, plus the cloth napkin. ‘Hope that’s enough! #BandBLesMis #indystage RT”@Denise_Hayden: Take extra Klennex!”
  • Lol! My server, Robert, is new to me. He might freak. RT “@Onceatenor: @IndyTheatre @Denise_Hayden For Les Mis?!? Hah! Use a waiter’s aptron! ;)”
  • (But this is a good moment to mention that @beefandboards server Robert is taking thoughtful, just-right care of me & our whole section.)
  • Eddie (#BeefandBoardsLesMis director) came by to ask if I’d like to renew my @BeefandBoards VIP membership. I certainly have enjoyed it this year!
  • This is my last B&B VIP show for 2013 but my godkids are taking me to see @BeefandBoards’ Winnie the Pooh in Nov so..yay! #indystage
  • My dad said, “Strong, good voices; clever set; flawless & many scene changes.” #BandBLesMis #indystage #paraphrasing #dadsreview
  • Almost time for #BandBLesMis! Live theatre is truly one of my top five all-time favorite treats. ‘See you at intermission! #indystage
  • Yikes. The power & beauty of the singing voices alone made me weep all thru Act 1. #BandBLesMis #seriouslyweeping @BeefandBoards #indystage
  • @AuntB6 I am very glad I am here, too! Oh, my goodness, Bobbi Bates, you are all so wonderful!
  • Standing & cheering & waving my damp, red napkin at the end of #BandBLesMis. Whew, what a show! #indystage @BeefandBoards #Indy
  • “Les Miserables” is in many ways unusual for a @BeefandBoards show. Otoh, it’s got love, war, faith & family: B&B staples. #indystage
  • (next day) Dinner time. ‘Wish I could afford to pop over & see “Les Miserables” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre again tonight. So moving! #indystage
  • I may have cheered like a teenager (or the parent of a teenager) at the end of #BandBLesMis last night. Ah, well. #unashamed

Thursday, October 10 – Premiere of tour of “Ghost Brothers” musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana. I tweeted:

  • Intermission #GhostBrothers by S King & J Mellencamp. ‘Glad I made the trip down to @IUAuditorium. ‘Busy when it’ll be in #Indy. #indystage
  • “If you’re on your bike, wear white.” #GhostBrothers was not at all what I expected but..I think I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.
  • Also? I’d like me own copy of the #GhostBrothers soundtrack, please. Let’s go look in the @IUAuditorium lobby before we head back to #Indy.
  • And I was there! RT “@ScribnerBooks: #StephenKing and @johnmellencamp’s #GhostBrothers national tour kicked off today! ow.ly/pHlqf”
  • @emilybedwell (lol) You, me, & a gazillion other people were at @GhostBrothers last night. That’s why we didn’t see each other. 🙂

Sunday, October 13 – “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang at the Phoenix Theatre. I tweeted:

  • Gorgeous day! I walked over to @Phoenix_Theatre for the final perf of “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” by C Durang and..I’m in! #indystage
  • I know I missed many fun #indystage shows this wknd but I can’t see ANY shows if I don’t work & sleep, so that’s the way it goes sometimes.
  • It feels good to be at the Phoenix today. 🙂 Cool set. Elegantly urgent pre-show music. Bring on the Durang & the #destinationactors!
  • Oh, I LOVED that funny, heartwarming show! And I was wrong: “Vanya” has one more wknd at @Phoenix_Theatre. #Indy #indystage
  • “I am a wild turkey!” Man, I could relate to everyone in Durang’s “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” at @Phoenix_Theatre. 1 more wknd. #Indy

November 1-3 – Basile Emerging Stories Festival – presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indy Fringe Theatre. I saw 10 storytelling performances and shared my own “Hoosier in Tokyo: a Tale of Leaving Home and Finding It Again.”  Of the ten other tellers whose work I saw/heard, I especially loved the pieces by Sandra Harris, Lou Ann Homan, George Shricker, Jennie Kiffmeyer, and Sallie Perkins.  Thank you again, Frank and Katrina Basile, for funding the annual Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship through Storytelling Arts of Indiana! I was honored to be a recipient in 2006, honored to be given the chance to revisit my fellowship work again this year, and glad for the chance to hear all ten of the other pieces that were revived for this festival.  Each was approximately 45 minutes long and developed with adult audiences in mind. Here is a list of them:

  • “Army Life for Father” developed and performed by Bob and Kathi Myers, who are based in Elkhart, Indiana
  • “Woman Versus the Blues” developed and performed by Deborah Asante as Suki Lue Ambers. Deborah is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the artistic director of the Asante Children’s Theatre.
  • “Too Crazy to Know Better” developed and performed by Sandra Harris.  Sandra is now based in Indianapolis, Indiana but her story is about her years in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
  • “I Grew Up in the U.S. Navy” developed and performed by John Robertson, who runs the “As I Recall” storytelling group in Greenfield, Indiana.
  • “Abigail Gray: Follow the Drinking Gourd” developed and performed by Sharon Kirk Clifton as the title character. Sharon is based in Columbus, Indiana.
  • “Hoosier in Tokyo: A Tale of Leaving Home and Finding It Again” developed and performed by Hope Baugh.  Hope writes a blog about live theatre and storytelling in the Indianapolis area. (heh)
  • “Gathering Coal for the Lord” developed and performed by Lou Ann Homan, who is based in Angola, Indiana. Her story is about her father growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • “The Space” developed and performed by George Shricker, who is based in Plymouth, Indiana.
  • “With This Brush” developed and performed by Sondra Hayes Hartman, who is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • “The Rivertown Dispatch” developed and performed by Jennie Kiffmeyer, who is based in Richmond, Indiana.
  • “Tails from the Kennel” developed and performed by Sallie Perkins, who is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I didn’t tweet much during this festival but I did tweet Matthew Roland’s preview article, “Storytelling is Slow Entertainment in Fast-Paced Age” in the Indy Star when I found it a week later (!) through an index at my public library.  I loved this article and appreciate the title’s subtle nod to the slow food movement. Here is direct link to the article: indy.st/18IUVNz.

Thursday, November 7 – “Rancho Mirage” by Steven Dietz at the Phoenix Theatre. I tweeted:

  • Treating myself to @Phoenix_Theatre’s “Rancho Mirage” tonight, if it’s not sold out. #indystage #indy
  • And I’m in! Rolling world premiere of Steven Dietz’ new play “Rancho Mirage (The Very Best People We Know)” at @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage
  • (reading program) Wow! Lotsa #destinationactors in this. Excellent.
  • Hah! (reading program) It’s set “in a gated community somewhere in America.” I may be returning to my roots tonight.
  • Great pre-show music. I’m not the only one digging it. Almost time for curtain talk. “Rancho Mirage.” @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage #indy
  •         (Someone from the Phoenix tweeted) Our very talented Playwright in Residence, Tom Horan (who was a student of Steven Dietz), also did the sound. The man is good!
  • @Phoenix_Theatre Ah, yes, he playwright in residence! Man, I wish I had time to interview & blog about him. Very cool that he’s here.
  •          (Phoenix tweeted back) We couldn’t be happier with the work he’s doing!
  • Intermission @Phoenix_Theatre’s “Rancho Mirage.” How do people choose each other? I often wonder & this play’s making me again. #indystage
  • @Phoenix_Theatre Refresh my memory please: is new Tom Horan play in this season?
  •           (Phoenix) Sort of! He’s writing some pieces for the Xmas show, and is working on a lot of projects so there could be something later!
  • (after the show) Ah, I loved that. Love those actors, love thinking about emotional clutter & what is real. “Rancho Mirage” @Phoenix_Theatre #indystage #indy

I took a social media break (no Facebook or Twitter) from Friday night, November 8 to Saturday night, November 16.

Saturday,  November 9 – “Winnie the Pooh” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.  This was doubly fun for me because my 5-year-old goddaughter and her friend had a wonderful time, too.  They sat spellbound during the show and loved getting their picture taken with the stars of the show in the lobby afterwards.

Saturday, November 9 – “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, directed (debut?) by Jeff Stockberger for Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. I surprised, delighted, and impressed to find that the actor that had played Pooh Bear  in the Beef and Boards show that morning was now playing the cop friend at the poker table in this show!

Friday, November 15 – “Claire Wilcher” – Claire Wilcher was the featured vocalist, with brief but important contributions by three guest vocalists – Scot Greenwell, K.T.(?) and Rashida Walker Bonds (sp?), at Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room.  There were three sets of songs, mostly from musical theatre.

Monday, November 18 – “The Play’s the Thing” – Rob Johansen’s pick for the Indy Actors Playground.

Sunday, November 24 – “Treasure Island: Rock’n’ the Ocean” – written by Ben Asaykwee and Janice Hibbard (sp?) – Q Artistry’s annual Qmunity show.  I tweeted:

  • Intermiss final perf @QArtistry’s “Treasure Island: Rockin’ the Ocean.” Lol-ing a lot! Hairband pirates. Need I say more? #indystage #indy
  • Oh, my that was fun! I try to see @QArtistry’s “Qmunity” show every year bc it’s always layered for adults as well as kids. #indystage
  • This year’s Qmunity show was “Treasure Island: Rock’n’ the Ocean.” ‘Still lol re “Bon John Silver” & the other hairband pirates. #indystage
  • Ben said there’ll be a 2-nites-only repeat of @QArtistry’s 1st Qmunity show, “Perry Haughter,” in 2014, plus a new one. Yay! #indystage
  • The children in @QArtistry’s “Treasure Island..” show were adorable, the teens were awesome, & the adults were, are, treasures. #indystage

Saturday, November 30 – “A Very Phoenix Xmas 8: Angels We Have Heard While High” at the Phoenix Theatre

Saturday, December 7 – “Go Tell It On the Mountain: Songs and Stories of Light featuring Kim and Reggie Harris” presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Saturday, December 14 – “Waiting Up” – Three Dollar Bill Comedy at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Thursday, December 19 – “Nutcracker” – NoExit Performance at the Irvington Theatre.

Sunday, December 22 – “Nutcracker” – NoExit Performance at the Irvington Theatre (a second time).

Sunday, December 29 – “10×10: Shakespeare” – Eclectic Pond at the Irvington Lodge (Q Artistry’s home.)

‘See you at the theatres…

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

 

©2013 Hope Baugh

Hope’s Theatre Year 2011: The Best, the Most, the Other…

The more performance art I experience, the more I realize how personal that experience is.  I love that it is personal.  I love that it is ephemeral, too.  It is impossible to sustain or even to reproduce exactly, because it is live.  The only way to truly experience a live theatre piece is to be present for it, open to it.

If you are a regular reader of Indy Theatre Habit, you know that I took a long step back in 2011.  I needed a break for a number of reasons.  One was that I was having an existential, “what am I doing here?!?” kind of crisis.  I still haven’t found satisfying answers to the many layers in that question, but I am making good progress.  And in the meantime, I have found that I miss writing publicly about my experiences at the theatres.  Maybe it’s an ego thing.  Maybe there’s more to it than that.  But in any case, I miss it.

So…I have decided to blog about theatre again in 2012, but this time doing it more…personally?  More authentically?  Anyway, more mindfully and selectively, and just see where it takes me.  As I say, I’m still figuring this out as I go along.

But first, a look back at 2011:

Continue reading Hope’s Theatre Year 2011: The Best, the Most, the Other…

2012 Directory of Shows

(Last updated 1-5-13)

It’s that time again: time to set up my Directory of Shows Seen for the year.  By a quick count, I saw 91 live theatre shows in 2011, 120 in 2010, 134 in 2009, and 144 in 2008.  I guess I’m “slowing down,” although I prefer to think of it as becoming more selective about honoring my passion, or at least leading a more balanced life.

Anyway, as in previous years, I will add to this Directory every time I see a show, and I will enjoy looking back over it at the end of the year and in years to come.  If you are curious about what I’ve been seeing, feel free to check back here any time.

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

I will also try to keep labeling 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.)  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 write about a show, I will link to the post here, too.

Shows I saw in 2012 in order by performance company:

Acting Up Productions professional; Greenfield (but many performances are in Indianapolis)

  • “Nevermore” – at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis
  • “Night of the Living Dead 2” – at Wheeler Arts Center in Indianapolis
  • A Steady Rain” – at Wheeler Arts Center in Indianapolis
  • “Two Rooms” – at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis

Actors’ Theatre of Indiana professional; Carmel (some performances are in Indianapolis venues)

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre professional; Indianapolis

  • Arsenic & Old Lace
  • “Away in the Basement: A Church Ladies Christmas”
  • “Chicago” – reviewed for Current Night & Day here.
  • “Cinderella” – by the B&B’s Pyramid Players
  • “Legally Blonde”
  • “The Music Man” – reviewed for Current Night & Day here.
  • “The Wizard of Oz” – reviewed for Current Night & Day here.

The Belfry Theatre all volunteer – member Encore Association; Noblesville

  • “Titanic: the Musical”

Bloomington Playwrights Project – hybrid (I think); Bloomington, Indiana

  • “Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy: an American Musical”

Bobdirex – hybrid (I think); Indianapolis

  • “Cabaret” at the Athenaeum Theatre – Twitter Preview Night (#cabaretindy)
  • “Cabaret” a second time, this time with no live-tweeting

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre – hybrid; Indianpolis

  • “A Chorus Line”
  • The Woman in Black” – reviewed for Current Night & Day here.

Buck Creek Community Players all volunteer – member Encore Association

  • “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Carmel Community Players all volunteer – member Encore Association; Carmel

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

Eclectic Pond all volunteer (I think) – Indianapolis

  • “Eloisa & Abelard”

Epilogue Players all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

  • “Remember Your Hit Parade”

Footlite Musicals at the Hedback Theater all volunteer – member Encore Association; Indianapolis

  • “The Full Monty”
  • “Rent” – Act One

Indiana Repertory Theatre professional; Indianapolis

  • “A Christmas Carol”
  • “The House That Jack Built”

Indy Fringe Theatre Festival – I wrote a little about most of the following shows all in one post: http://www.indytheatrehabit.com/2012/08/24/reviews-of-16-shows-from-the-2012-indy-fringe-festival/

  • “465: Sex Drive…a musical”
  • “After Paul McCartney”
  • “And I Am Not Making This Up”
  • “BOT”
  • “CabarGAY!”
  • “Creatures of the Night”
  • “Day Care Ditties”
  • “Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical”
  • “Fabulous Problemas”
  • “Feed Your Nightmares”
  • “G-D”
  • “Go to Hell”
  • “Going…Going…Gone”
  • “Phil Van Hest: Public Nudity”
  • “Schoolhouse Wrong To! Even More Wronger”
  • “Screw You, I’m Nancy Drew”
  • “Singular Sensations!”
  • “Summerpocalypse”
  • “We’ve Got Powers”

Miscellaneous

  • Jared Sherlock’s touring magic show – presented at the Booth Tarkington Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

No Exit Performance

  • “Closer”
  • “The Death of Sydney Black”

Off Main Street Players all volunteer – Zionsville

  • “You’re a Good Man, Charlier Brown”

Opera Notre Dame hybrid; South Bend, Indiana

Phoenix Theatre professional; Indianapolis

Q Artistry  hybrid (some shows feature professional, paid artists while other shows are all-volunteer); Indianapolis, mostly at the Irvington Lodge but also other venues.

  • “Murder on the Radio”
  • “Sex, Not In This City” – Playwrights Festival at the Q
  • “Songs in the Key of Blues”

Spotlight Players all volunteer – member Encore Association; Beech Grove

Storytelling Arts of Indiana hybrid (storytellers & staff are paid, many volunteers help with events, mailings, etc.); Indianapolis – various venues

  • “East of the Vineyard” told by Susan Klein
  • “Family Portraits” told by Donald Davis
  • “Mad Myths of the Irish” told by Clare Murieann Murphy
  • “Stories with a Chicago Accent” told by Syd Lieberman

Theatre on the Square hybrid; Indianapolis

Three Dollar Bill Comedy hybrid; Indianapolis

  • “The Fancy Schmancy Razzle Dazzle Hoity Toity Black Tie (optional) Christmas Affair Show”
  • “Schoolhouse Wrong To! Even More Wronger” (also listed under Indy Fringe Festival)

Two First Names Productions professional; Indianapolis

  • ‘Going, Going Gone” – premiere run at Indy Fringe Festival – final performance
  • “Going, Going Gone” – October edition
  • “Going, Going Gone” – December edition

Vagabonds Bridge Theatre Company all volunteer; Indianapolis

Shows I saw in 2012 in chronological order:

Saturday, January 7 – “Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz” – Lilly Theatre at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Directed by Ty Stover.

Sunday, January 8 – “Remember Your Hit Parade” – Epilogue Players – Original script and concept by Susan Page Freeman.  Directed by William Andrews with musical direction by Jen Bolejack.

Sunday, January 15 – “Two Rooms” – Acting Up Productions at Theatre on the Square – Written by Lee Blessing, directed by R. Brian Noffke.

Saturday, January 21 – “Current Economic Conditions” at the Phoenix Theatre – Written by Don Zolidis, directed by Bryan Fonseca.

Sunday, January 28 – “Current Economic Conditions” at the Phoenix Theatre a second time.

Sunday, January 28 – “Debbie Does Dallas” at Theatre on the Square – Book by Susan L. Schwartz, music composed by Andrew Sherman with additional music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Jonathan Callicut, directed by Andrew Ranck with musical direction by Roger Smith.

Friday, February 3 – “Company” by the Carmel Community Players at the Carmel Community Playhouse – Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, directed by Willie Wood, music/vocal directed by Bernie Hirsch.

Friday, February 10 – “Titanic: the Musical” at the Belfry Theatre – Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by Peter Stone, directed by Ryan Shelton.

Saturday, February 11 – “Godspell” by Actors’ Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts.  Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, score by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Michael Dotson, music directed by Brent Marty, choreographed by Carol Worcel.  Reviewed for Current Night & Day here.

Sunday, February 12 – “Moonlight and Magnolias” at the Spotlight Theatre- Written by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Brent Wooldridge.

Saturday, February 18 – “Family Portraits” told by Donald Davis – presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society.

Sunday, February 19 – “August: Osage County,” at the Phoenix Theatre. Written by Tracy Letts, directed by Bryan Fonseca.

Saturday, February 25 – “Moonlight and Magnolias” at the Carmel Community Playhouse.  Written by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Lori Raffel. A special fundraiser using mostly Equity actors donating their work; not part of the Carmel Community Players’ all-volunteer season. Reviewed for Current Night & Day here.

Saturday, March 10 – “The Full Monty” by Footlite Musicals.

Sunday, March 11 – “Murder on the Radio” by Q Artistry. Written by Ben Asaykwee and…(where did I put my program for this?!?)

Sunday, March 18 – “Rumpeltstiltskin” – Lilly Theatre in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Book by director Ty Stover.  Music and lyrics by Michael Hoagland. Cast: Danny Kingston (King Benjamin), Bennett (?)(MillieKayla), Mark Fishback (General Specific), Maria Souza-Eglen (Lady Lilly of the Valley), Jonah Winston (Sir Johnny of Cash), Andread Heiden (Lady Martha/Steward of the Interior), Kent Livingston (Mel/Rumpelstiltskin), Ben Schuetz (Robin Screech/King Cole.) Production team: Ty Stover – director, Kenny Shepard – choreographer, Michael Conley – music director, David Orr & DAO Studios, Inc. – scenic designer/set construction, Brian Horton – costume designer/costume construction, Chris Allo – assistant costume designer/costume crafts, Brent Winderlicht – lighting designer/technical supervisor, Jay Ganz – technical coordinator, Bill Book – sound designer, Krista Layfield – interim theatre/stage manager, Susan Hoopman, poster designer.

Thursday, March 29 – “A Steady Rain,” by Keith Huff – produced by Acting Up Productions in the Wheeler Arts Center in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. Directed by Scot Greenwell. Starred R. Brian Noffke and Sam Fain.

Wednesday, April 4 – “Legally Blonde” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. (I need to find my program for this, too!)

Saturday, April 14 – “Stories with a Chicago Accent” told by Syd Lieberman. Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Tuesday, April 17 – “The Music Man” – reviewed for Current Night&Day here.

Thursday, April 26 – “Rebecca” by Carmel Community Players.  Written by Daphne duMaurier. Directed by Lori Raffel.

Saturday, April 28 – “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Sreet” presented by Opera Notre Dame at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Mark Beudert. Conducted by John Apeitos.

Friday, May 4 – “Songs in the Key of Blues” – Q Artistry. Book by Ben Asaykwee and Tiffanie Bridges.  All songs by Ben Asaykwee, except for two songs by Gordon Bonham and two songs by Gene Dere.  Directed by Ben Asaykwee. Produced by Will McCarty. Performed by Ben Asaykwee and Tiffanie SoulPowerhouse Bridges.  Band: Angelo Bridges on piano, Fred Manns on guitar, Ryan Williams on bass, and George Tyler on drums. Sound: Matt Campbell. Lighting: Will McCarty.

Saturday, May 5 – “East of the Vineyard” storytelling by Susan Klein.  Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and others at the Indiana History Center.

Wednesday, May 16 – “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts.  Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts, directed and musically staged by Don Farrell, musically directed by Terry LaBolt.  Cast:  Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald, and Paul Hansen.  Pianist: Terry LaBolt.  Violinist: Kahy Schilling. Stage manager/production manager: James W. Carringer.  Lighting designer: David Lapham.  Scenic designer/technical director: Bernie Killian.  Costume designer: Jay Emrich.  Sound designer: Don Drennen.

(6-20-12 – Everything below this point I still need to record more fully, but I wanted to at least partially log them before I forgot what I had seen!)

May 26 – “Nevermore” presented by Acting Up Productions at Theatre on the Square.

June 2 – “Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy: an American Musical” written by Chris Jeffries. Directed by Chad Rabinovitz at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, Indiana.

June 9 – “Eloisa & Abelard” presented by Eclectic Pond at the Irvington Lodge.

June 10 – “Next Fall” – written by Geoffrey Nauffts, directed by Charles Goad at the Phoenix Theatre.

June 16 – “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Buck Creek Playhouse.

June 17 – “The Wizard of Oz” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Reviewed for Current Night & Day here.

June 23 – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” by the Off Main Street Players in Zionsville.

July 1 – “Next Fall” for the second time at the Phoenix Theatre.

July 5 – “Cabaret” Twitter Preview Night by Bobdirex at the Athenaeum.

July 15 – Act One of “Rent” by Footlite Musicals

July 20 – Jared Sherlock’s magic show at the Tarkington Theatre in Carmel

July 21 – Two storytelling workshops with Mary Hamilton, sponsored by the Bloomington Storytellers’ Guild in Bloomington, Indiana.

July 21 – “Cabaret” a second time (no live-tweeting this time) – presented by BobDirex at the Athenaeum.

July 28 – “How I Became a Pirate” at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

August 4 – “With a Whimper” at the Phoenix Theatre

August 9 – “The Playground” presented by Vagabonds Bridge Theatre Company at the Wheeler Arts Center.

August 17 -26 – Indy Fringe Festival – 19 shows

September 7 – “Sex, Not In This City” – written by Lisa Marie Smith and Tiffany Obrecht, directed by Bob Harbin; one of four winners in QArtistry’s Playwrights’ Festival.

September 8 – “Chicago” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theater. Reviewed for Current Night & Day.

September 14 – “Gypsy” presented by Actors Theatre of Indiana at the Studio Theater

September 15 – “Closer” presented by NoExit Performance at the Big Car Service Center for Contemporary Culture.

September 20 – “A Chorus Line” presented by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

September 22 – “Mad Myths of the Irish” told by Clare Murieann Murphy – Irish storyteller presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

September 23 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Phoenix Theatre.

September 29 – Phoenix Theatre 30th Anniversary Picnic and Artists Q&A.

September 29 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Phoenix Theatre – 2nd time.

October 6 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Phoenix Theatre – 3rd time.

October 7 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Phoenix Theatre – 4th time.

October 7 – “Going, Going Gone,” created by Lou Harry and John Thomas, shown at the Indy Fringe Theatre.  This time starred Sam Fain, Paul Hansen, and Claire Wilcher.

October 12 – “Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

October 18 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Phoenix Theatre – 5th time.

October 19 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Phoenix Theatre – 6th time.

October 21 – “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Phoenix Theatre – 7th time.

October 21 – “Bug” at Spotlight Players in Beech Grove.

October 25 – “Seminar” at the Phoenix Theatre.

October 26 – “Night of the Living Dead 2” presented by Acting Up Productions at the Wheeler Community Arts Center.

October 28 – “The Woman In Black” presented by Civic at the Tarkington Theatre in Carmel.  Reviewed on assignment for Current Night&Day here.

November 10 – “Cinderella” presented by the Pyramid Players at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. (My godchildren treated me to this show! Their first time to B&B.)

November 15 – “The Death of Sydney Black” presented by NoExit Performance at the Big Car Service Center.

November 24 – “The House That Jack Built,” written by James Still; directed by Janet Allen for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

November 24 – “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” adapted by Tom Haas; directed by Richard J. Roberts for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

November 29 – “A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Gettin’ Figgy With It!” – curated, directed, and produced by Bryan Fonseca, written by various artists.

December 2 – “Going… Going… Gone” created by Lou Harry and John Thomas, presented at the Indy Fringe Theatre. This month featured actors Lynn Stafford and John Thomas.

December 7 – “The Fancy Schmancy Razzle Dazzle Hoity Toity Black Tie (optional) Christmas Affair Show!” presented by Three Dollar Bill Comedy at the Indy Fringe Theatre. Written by Jeff Clawson, Todd Kenworthy, Matt Kramer, Will Pfaffenberger, Claire Wilcher, Chad Woodward. Performed by all except Matt this time.

December 10 – a reading of “Clutter,” a work-in-progress by Lou Harry, performed by Georgeanna Smith, Lisa Ermel, Matthew Goodrich, and Sam Fain at the IndyReads booktore in Indianapolis.

December 28 – “Arsenic & Old Lace” written by Joseph Kesselring, directed by J. R. Stuart at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

(Photo above taken with my trusty iPhone of a box of yummy, hand-crafted truffles from the Best Chocolate in Town on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianpolis.)

Directory of 2011 Shows

(Last updated:  January 2, 2012. Note: I stopped blogging for a while for a number of reasons beginning in May, 2011 .  I will probably start back up again eventually but in the meantime I continue to see shows for the pleasure of it.  (Of course!) That is why so many shows in this year’s directory are without links: I didn’t/couldn’t write reviews for them.

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Happy New Year!  It is time for me to set up my 2011 Indy Theatre Habit directory.

This year, for the first time, the directory has two parts. 

The first part below has the same structure as the directories that I kept for 2008, 2009, and 2010.  It is a list of the shows that I have seen so far this year, grouped by performance company and then alphabetized by show title, with links to the companies and links to my posts about the shows.  This year I am going to at least post “who did what” for every show I see, even if I don’t have time to write a full review, so that I can easily find that information later if I want it.

Performance companies are also labeled according to whether they are:

** ”professional” (all of the company’s artists and staff are paid)

** “all volunteer,” (none of the company’s artists or staff is paid)

** a “hybrid” (the company has a mixture of paid artists/staff and volunteers)

I will be the first to say that “professional” does not necessarily mean high quality and “all volunteer” does not necessarily mean disappointing quality.  And in late 2009 my friend Greg also raised my consciousness over dinner one night by saying that really, the only professional theatre is one that offers its actors enough performances per week to make a living wage.  By that definition, only the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef-and-Boards Dinner Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Indiana are professional around here, other than touring companies.  That makes sense, but I am sticking with my general categories for now.

The companies are also labeled according to location.  All theatres are in Indiana (USA) unless otherwise noted. 

This list lets me check at a glance whether or not I am seeing shows from a variety of theatres.

The second part is a list of the shows I saw this year in the order that I saw them.  This makes reminiscing more fun and also helps me check that I have added everything I’ve seen to the first part of the directory.  It also serves as reminer to myself of which shows I still need to write about!

If you see any errors or omissions in terms of how I have categorized any of these companies, please let me know, either in a public comment below or by emailing me at amarylliswriter at gmail dot com.

Shows In Order By Theatre

ACTORS THEATRE OF INDIANA  professional; a resident company at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana but also occasionally performs in a few other venues in Indianapolis.

BEEF AND BOARDS DINNER THEATRE – professional; Indianapolis

BOOTH TARKINGTON CIVIC THEATRE (formerly known as the Indianapolis Civic Theatre) – hybrid (designers and staff are paid, performers are volunteers); Indianapolis in early 2011, moved to the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana later in 2011.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA – professional, touring; Clowes Hall and the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis

BUCK CREEK PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Indianapolis

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO’S THEATRE DEPARTMENT  (university students; Chico, California)

  • “Little Shop of Horrors”

CARDINAL STAGE COMPANY (professional; Bloomington, Indiana)

  • “Frog and Toad”

CARMEL COMMUNITY PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Carmel

  • “Almost, Maine”
  • I Hate Hamlet
  • “Lights! Camera! Cabaret!”

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS LILLY THEATER professional; Indianapolis

  • The Frog Prince
  • Snoopy!!! The Musical

COMEDY SPORTZ INDIANAPOLIS – professional improv company, all artists are paid; Indianapolis

  • 2011 World Comedy Sportz Championship – 4-day event held this year in Indianapolis with CSz teams from all around the USA and even from Manchester, England.  I attended 4 matches: 2 on the opening Wednesday night and 2 on the Friday night.  SO MUCH FUN!

EPILOGUE PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Indianapolis

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird”

FOOTLITE MUSICALS – all volunteer; Indianapolis

  • “Batboy the Musical”
  • “Curtains”
  • “The Pajama Game”

INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE – professional; Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS CIVIC THEATRE – see Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS OPERA – professional; Indianapolis

INDY FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL 56 shows from all over the United States and a few other countries, 7 venues; Indianapolis

  • “Antigone with a Shotgun: the Musical” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Around the World with Cinderella” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Beer Can Raft and Other Plays” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Box Full of Darkness” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “The Day I Ate Wombat” – ComedySportz
  • “How to Kill” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “I Love You, We’re F*cked” – ComedySportz
  • “The Impressario” – Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmarks Center
  • “The Lesson” – Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmarks Center
  • “Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Lou Ann Homan-Saylor: I Was A Virgin Nudist” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Lou Sanz: Not Suitable For Children” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “ONEymoon (A Honeymood for One)” – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage (I saw this show twice)
  • “Phil the Void: Motherbanking Bankholes” – ComedySportz
  • Preview Cabaret
  • “Red Couch” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Satan LIVE!” – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Scuba Mission” – ComedySportz
  • “School House Wrong” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Strike! the Musical” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “A Sword and a Kiss” – ComedySportz

INDY FRINGE THEATRE – a variety of companies use this space throughout the year when the Indy Fringe Festival is not going one; Indianapolis

  • “Diaspora” – a Half/Black production
  • “Funny: A Trunk Show”
  • “Welcome to Afghanistan” – solo performance by Matt Panesh
  • “Welcome to the UK” – solo performance by Matt Panesh, aka Monkey Poet

Miscellaneous

  • “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana – no review or blog post because I almost never blog about student shows, but just between you and me, this show was funny and a lot of fun!
  • “Annie, Jr.” at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana – no review or log post because I almost never blog about student shows, but just between you and me, this show was charming and a lot of fun!

OFF MAIN STREET PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Zionsville

  • “Steel Magnolias”

PHOENIX THEATRE professional; Indianapolis

Q ARTISTRY – hybrid (actors and some others are paid, depending on the show); Indianapolis

SPOTLIGHT 2011 – This annual gala to benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund features a variety show to which a wonderful mix of local performance arts group contribute.

STORYTELLING ARTS OF INDIANA – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Dracula” by Megan Wells
  • Jim May, filling in for Antonio Rocha
  • “The Next Best Thing” told by Antonio Sacre
  • “Open Casket” told by Minton Sparks
  • “Steamboat Tales: A Rollicking, First-Person Storytelling, Musical Look at Life Along the Ohio River” told by Kevin Stonerock

STUDIO THEATRE – a variety of companies use this space, which opened in February, 2011 as part of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  See also Actors Theatre of Indiana, for example.

  • Joanna Smith

WAYNE TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY THEATRE – all volunteer; Indianapolis at Ben Davis High School

Shows In Order By Date Seen

Tuesday, January 11 – “9 to 5: the Musical” – Broadway Across America at Clowes Hall

Friday, January 14 – “Norway” – Phoenix Theatre

Friday, January 21 – “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” – Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Saturday, January 22 – Storyteller Jim May – Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center

Sunday, January 23 – “9 to 5: the Musical” a second time!

Saturday, January 29 – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Wayne Township Community Theatre at Ben Davis High School

Sunday, January 30 – “Steamboat Tales: A Rollicking, First-Person Storytelling, Musical Look at Life Along the Ohio River” told by Kevin Stonerock – Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society at the Indiana History Center

Thursday, February 10 – “Hairspray” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Thursday, February 17 – “Goldie, Max and Milk” at the Phoenix Theatre

Saturday, February 19 – “Open Casket” told by Minton Sparks -Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Friday, February 25 – Joanna Smith – Emerging Artists series – Studio Theatre – The Performing Arts Center in Carmel, Indiana.

Saturday, February 26 – “Diaspora” – Half/Black Productions at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy” – Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, March 4, 2011 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Epilogue Players.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – “La Tragedie de Carmen” – final dress rehearsal – Indianapolis Opera at the Frank and Katrina Basile Opera Center.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Annie, Jr.” – Clay Middle School.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Welcome to Afghanistan” – Matt Panesh – Indy Fringe Theatre.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Welcome to the UK” – Matt Panesh, aka Monkey Poet – Indy Fringe Theatre.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 – “The Next Best Thing” told by Antonio Sacre – produced by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Sunday, March 13, 2011 – “Cabaret” – Indianapolis Civic Theatre

Friday, March 18, 2011 – “The Pajama Game” – Footlite Musicals

Friday, March 25, 2011 – “The Gospel According to James” – Indiana Repertory Theatre

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” – Creekside Middle School

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – “Funny: A Trunk Show” at the Indy Fringe Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – “This” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, April 1, 2011 – “Bunny Spectacular” by Q Artistry

Saturday, April 2, 2011 – “Auntie Mame” by the Buck Creek Players.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – “I Hate Hamlet” by the Carmel Community Players.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – “Annie Get Your Gun” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – “I Hate Hamlet” by the Carmel Community Players – a second time!

Saturday, April 9, 2011 – “The Kids Left! The Dog Died! Now what?” at Theatre on the Square.

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – “The Frog Prince” at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 – “Rock of Ages” by Broadway Across America at Clowes Hall.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – “The 39 Steps” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 – “Chicago” by Actors Theatre of Indiana at The Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Monday, May 2, 2011 – “Spotlight” at Clowes Hall.

Friday, May 13, 2011 – “Frog and Toad” by the Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, Indiana.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – “Cinderella” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 – “Frankenstein the Musical” by the Buck Creek Players at Buck Creek Playhouse.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 – “Avenue Q” at the Phoenix Theatre.  I saw the 2pm show and loved it so much that I went back to see the 6pm show, too.  I was lucky I did!  This show had an extended run and shortly after this weekend sold out completely.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 – “Batboy the Musical” at Footlite.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – “2011 ComedySportz World Championship” at the Athenaeum.  Opening night, two matches:  Manchester vs. Indianapolis, Chicago vs. Milwaukee.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 – “With a Bang,” by Pete McElligott, at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, July 22, 2011 – “2011 ComedySportz World Championship” at the Athenaeum.  9:30 set of two matches: New York vs. Portland, Los Angeles vs. Indianapolis.

July 30, 2011 – “The Eel Catchers,” world premier writtenby Bennett Ayres.  Directed by James Tillett.  Starred Erin Cohenour, Doug Johnson, Craig Reasoner, and Ben Tebbe.  Shown at at Theatre on the Square but not a TOTS production.  I still haven’t added this to add this to theatre section, above, because I can’t remember the name of the production company.

August 7, 2011 – “Snoopy!!! The Musical” at the Lilly Theater in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  Scot Greenberg played the title role.  The show also starred Jeremy Grimmer, Patrick Mullen, Maria Souza-Eglen, Julie Mauri, Kayla Bennett, and…. (someone cute and talented as Schroeder on the piano.)  Directed by Ty Stover.  Sound design by Bill Book. Choreography by Kenny Shepard.  That’s all I remember.  There was no program, only a poster outside the theatre.  I wish I had copied it all down!  Drat.

August 11 and 12, 2011 – Blog Indiana 2011 conference.  When I asked Noah Coffey, co-founder, about registering for only one of the two days because I had limited funds, he gave me a free ticket to the whole thing because I am someone “who has supported us from the beginning.” Was that sweet or what?!  So I asked off for a second day from my day job and attended the whole thing.  And it was WONDERFUL.  I am logging it here because a) there was a fair amount of “show business” to it and b) I got a lot of good ideas for retooling my blog when I return to writing it.

August 13, 2011 – “Lights! Camera! Cabaret” – Carmel Community Players.  I went to this to hear a Twitter buddy, Scott Semester (@sssemester) sing, but I enjoyed several of the other performers as well.  This was a fun collection of community talent of all ages.

Unfortunately, when I came out of that show, I learned that the outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair had collapsed in unexpectedly high winds, killing at least four people – including one of the stagehands – and injuring many more.  We say “anything can happen in live theatre” all the time, but we don’t usually mean dead stagehands. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this accident.

August 18, 2011 – 2011 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival Preview Cabaret

August 19, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Satan LIVE!” written and performed by Ben Asaykwee at the Indy Fringe Theatre.
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” written and performed by Paul Strickland, produced by Beth Marshall Presents – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

August 20, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Around the World with Cinderella” written and performed by Mary Hamilton on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana
  • “How to Kill” written by Gabe Gloden, produced by Healthy Living Productions on the Phoenix Theatre’s Main Stage.
  • “Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee” written and performed by Seth LePore on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “Lou Ann Homan-Saylor: I Was A Virgin Nudist” written and performed by Lou Ann Homan-Saylor on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storyelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “School House Wrong” by Three Dollar Bill Comedy – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage.
  • “Box Full of Darkness” written and performed by Mary Armstrong-Smith – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “Strike! The Musical” written and produced by Ben Asaykwee and QArtistry – Phoenix Theatre’s Main Stage.

August 21, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Little Red Riding Hood” produced by Noexit Performance Company – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” (2nd time) – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage
  • “A Sword and a Kiss” directed by Ennis Adams, produced by Asante Progressive Hip Hop – ComedySportz
  • “ONEymoon (A Honeymoon for One)” written and performed by Christel Barteise, produced by Dutch Girl Productions – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Beer Can Raft and Other Plays,” written by Lou Harry, directed by Karen Irwin, produced by both of them – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage

August 23, 2011 – Indy Fringe show:

August 24, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • Scuba Mission” – performed and produced by Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan – ComedySportz
  • “Antigone with a Shotgun: The Musical – produced by Lindsey Brown and Kevin Burgun – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage

August 25, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • Lou Sanz: Not Suitable for Children” – written, performed, and produced by Lou Sanz – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “The Day I Ate Wombat” written, performed, and produced by David Quirk – ComedySportz

August 27, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “The Impressario” – a story with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed and produced by the Intimate Opera of Indianapolis – Cook Theater at the Landmark Center
  • “The Lesson” – written by Eugene Ionesco, performed and produced by Carmel High School – Cook Theatre at the Landmark Center
  • “I Love You, We’re F*cked” written, performed, and produced by Kevin J. Thornton  – ComedySportz
  • “Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones” – produced by Kim McCann and Sarsparilla Shook Productions – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • Phil the Void: Motherbanking Bankholes” – ComedySportz

September 15, 2011 – “Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, directed by Ken Klingenmeier, and produced by Lori Raffel at the Carmel Community Playhouse for the Carmel Community Players.  Cast:  Ericka Barker, Joshua Ramsey, Gavin Rulon, Tamara Rulon, Carrie Schlatter, Daniel Shock.

Friday, September 16, 2011 – “Steel Magnolias,” written by Robert Harling, directed by Marcus Waye for the Off-Main Street Players in Zionsville.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 – “Dracula,” adapted by Steven Dietz, Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.  This was my first time at the new Tarkington Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.  Splendid show, splendid experience!

Friday, September 23, 2011 – “Curtains” – Footlite Musicals.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – “Dracula” – solo storytelling based on the classic by Bram Stoker, adapted and told by storyteller Megan Wells via Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Thursday, October 14, 2011 – “Little Shop of Horrors,” music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, directed for California State University, Chico’s Department of Theatre by Joel P. Rogers, conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett in the Harlen Adams Theatre on campus.  My godmother took me to see this while I was visiting her in Chico.  On our way into the theatre, we happened to meet the Audrey II giant plant puppet operator for Act One: Zachary Burch.  He was a cutie and fun to talk with in person, and he did a great job of making that giant plant come alive on stage!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – “Lost: a Memoir,” adapted for the stage by Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum, based on the nonfiction book by Cathy Ostlere.  This beautiful one-woman show starring Constance Macy was part of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 3rd annual “Going Solo” festival.  Directed by Jennifer Blackmer.  Scenic designer: Robert M. Koharchik.  Costume designer: Beth Bennett.  Lighting designer: Ryan Koharchik.  Sound designer: Jen Groseth.  Dramaturg: Richard J. Roberts.  Stage managers: Amy K. Denkmann and Joel Grynheim.  The world premiere of “Lost” was presented by Theatre Calgary in Canada, directed by Dennis Garnhum.  The IRT’s production is the USAmerican premiere.

Friday, October 22, 2011 – “The Night of the Living Dead, Part 1” directed by R. Brian Noffke, produced by Acting Up Productions, presented at the Indy Fringe Theatre.  I loved the 9:30 p.m. performance so much that I hung around in my car tweeting for a while and then went back inside for the midnight show!

(I still need to record this show above under its theatre company.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011 – “I Love to Eat,” written and directed by James Still for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  Starred Robert Neal.  Part of the 3rd Going Solo festival.

(I still need to record this show above.)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 – “Spring Awakening” at the Phoenix Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Friday, November 4, 2011 – “Jericho” at the Phoenix Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Thursday, November 10, 2011 – “Amadeus” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – “Lying in State” by the Epilogue Players, followed by the 10pm match at ComedySportz.

(I still need to record these shows above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – “Six Degrees of Separation” by the Carmel Community Players.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 26, 2011 – “Happy Dranksgiving” by Three Dollar Bill Comedy at the White Rabbit.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – “Boogie Woogie Holidays” by BobDirex at the Athenaeum – Twitter Preview Night.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits.)

Sunday, December 11, 2011 – “Our Goose Is Cooked: A Very Phoenix Xmas 6” – Phoenix Theatre

(I still need to record this show above and add credits.)

Saturday, December 17, 2011 – “There’s No Bizness Like Snow Bizness” – Christine Pedi at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club.

(I still need to record this above, too.)

Thursday, December 29, 2011 – “Willy Wonka” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

(I still need to record this above, too.)

*****   

 ‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

P.S. – I found the photo above in the Creative Commons area of Flickr.com when I put the word “assortment” into the search box.  It is called “Valentine’s Day Chocolate Assortment” and was taken by little blue hen (Stacey.)

It will do, but it made me wish I had a photo of an assortment of chocolate truffles from The Best Chocolate in Town store on Massachusetts Avenure here in Indianapolis.  Oh, my goodness, they are delicious!  And beautiful!  And fun!  If I ever figure out how to offer advertising space to local companies here on Indy Theatre Habit, Best Chocolate in Town will be one of the first companies I approach.

By the way, my second choice of photo for this directory was this:

This photo is also from the Creative Commons area of Flickr.com.  It is called “Assortment of Theatre Masks” and was taken by virtusincertus at the National Archeological Museum of Naples.    I am putting it here at the end of the directory just because I like it.

H. Baugh

Theatre News: Hope’s 3+3 Favorite Shows from 2010

I have a love-hate relationship with “best of the year” lists.  I think Americans (and probably many other people) are obsessed to the point of disease over making comparisons.

The added problem with a “best of the year” theatre list is that, unlike with a list of books or movies, you usually can not go and experience the “best” shows for yourself.  Not those exact productions anyway.  So it’s not as if people can consult the list when they seek recommendations.

Also, a problem with one person making a “best theatre of the year” list is that it is physically impossible for one person to have seen every live theatre show produced in the Indianapolis area in 2010.  There were just too many of them.

On the other hand, one person’s list of favorites at the end of a year can be an enjoyable reminder for other people of shared past pleasures and/or a gentle creative prompt for doing their own remembering. 

It can be a way of noticing and appreciating, of thanking God for the color purple or whatever.

In any case, I just enjoy making and reading lists in general.

So…I have created a new list:  “Hope’s Top Three – Plus Three – Live, Indianapolis-Area Theatre Shows of 2010.” 

(I’ll work on the title, maybe, for 2011.) 

The top three shows on my list are shows that made me say “WOW!” when I saw them and which still jump out in my mind as core-shakers without my having to look over my directory of what I saw in 2010.  They are the three that continue to resonate with me most strongly, both artistically and personally, here at the end of the year.  If I had a time machine and could only see three shows in 2010, these are the three I would pick.

But thank goodness I was not limited to just three shows in 2010!  I am grateful to have seen many enjoyable shows this year.  In fact, I was fortunate enough to see a total of 119 (no, wait, I saw one more last night) 120 shows at more than 35 theatres in Indiana in 2010.   I missed a lot of shows, unfortunately, especially community theatre shows, but still…120 is 120.

(I also saw two excellent shows at two different professional theatres in Washington, D.C. but I am not considering them for my “best of Indy” list.)

So…I would also like to recognize three more shows that jumped out at me as especially satisfying artistically when I looked over my 2010 directory this morning. 

Drumroll please…

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Directory of 2010 Shows

"Pocket Notebooks" photo by mrbill

(Last updated 3-1-11)

Here it is February already, and I am only now posting my 2010 directory of shows I have seen.  Ah, well.  Each year I improve my organizational skills a teeny bit.  In 2009, I didn’t get my directory started until mid-year, and I didn’t even start my 2008 directory until 2009!

This post will quickly get pushed down by newer posts, but it will be easy to find again through the category “Annual Directories of My Reviews” – see link at left.  I will add to it as I go through the year.  I know from experience that in some ways it will be much more useful than the search box that came with this WordPress template.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know the drill:  

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