Theatre Review: “I Hate Hamlet” by the Carmel Community Players

Last Sunday afternoon I drove to the Carmel Community Playhouse in the Claypool Terrace shopping area of Carmel, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis) to see the Carmel Community Players’ production of “I Hate Hamlet.”  This comedy was written by Paul Rudnick.  It was directed for CCP by Lori Raffel and produced by Risa Krauter.

It was so good!  I leapt to my feet to applaud even before the house lights came up for the curtain call.  I drove to my next appointment with a wet but smiling face, feeling grateful for every person that answers the call to be a stage actor.

The following Thursday I went back to see the show a second time and enjoyed it tremendously again.  I wish it ran for three weekends instead of just two.  (I also wish I had a photo from the show to share with you, but never mind.)(Update 4/10/11 – Lori Raffel emailed me the above rehearsal photo.  Thanks, Lori!)

Tonight and tomorrow afternoon are your last chances to see this funny and exceptionally well directed all-volunteer production. 

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Word of Mouth and Mailbox

As always, there was a lot going on in terms of live theatre in the Indianapolis area last weekend and I have a lot in my email box about events coming up. 

Here is my writing plan for the next few days:

  • Word of Mouth and Mailbox (today’s post)
  • IndyFringe DivaFest Overview
  • Spotlight 2010 For the Record
  • Theatre Review: “Dash Thirty Dash” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Madwomen’s Late Night Cabaret” at IndyFringe DivaFest
  • Theatre Review: “Always Patsy Cline” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.  (And since this show runs through June 6, 2010, I will tell you right away that whether or not you are a country music fan, this show is a treat.  It is a satisfying musical tribute to the late Patsy Cline, but it also a moving and funny show about friendship and the power of musical storytelling in general.  Plus there are lots of beautiful dresses.)
  • If I have time, something related to the copious, compulsive notes I took at the Steven Dietz interview last month and the DivaFest panel of advisors this month.

In the meantime, here are a few items from last weekend’s gallivanting and from my email box, in random order:

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Theatre Review: “Art” as a Shared Stage Production

The cast of Art, left to right:  Earl Campbell II, Larry Adams, Daniel Shock

On Sunday evening, after finally mowing my yard for the first time in three weeks(!), I drove to the west side of Indy to Ben Davis High School’s performing arts center to see the Carmel Community Players’ production of “Art” in Wayne Township Community Theatre’s space.  “Art” was written by Yasmina Raza.  This particular production was directed by Ken Klingenmeier and produced by Kim Howard.

I loved this production the first two times I saw it, back in March, in Carmel.  I loved how it made me think deeply about art and friendship.  I loved it again on Sunday night, even though (maybe because) it was slightly different in the borrowed space and with actors who had had a few months to consider what they would do differently, given a second chance. 

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Theatre Review: “The Foreigner” at Carmel Community Players

On Friday, May 9, 2008, I drove to Studio 15, just off Main Street in Carmel, to see the Carmel Community Players’ presentation of “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue.  It was directed by Ron Creviston, assisted by Dick Davis.  They share production credit.

The show closed this past weekend, on Sunday, May 18, but I didn’t have a chance to write about it until today.  Even though this review won’t help anyone decide whether or not to go see it, I want to write it anyway.  I want to record my impressions of this show so that when it receives some Encore nominations this fall for excellence in community theatre (as I am sure that it will!) I can come back here to my blog and re-live the pleasure that I felt when I saw the show.

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A Wellness Weekend

I am still percolating on the ideas explored in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “Well,” by Lisa Kron.   This is the show I saw last Thursday.  I spent less time reviewing shows this past weekend, and more time talking with family and hanging out with friends.  I feel more well, more balanced, because of this.

Mind you, a lot of my “down time” was still theatre-related or storytelling-related.

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