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Justin Sears-Watson Is A Phoenix Rising

June 9, 2020

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s brutal murder and subsequent protests, the entire world is focused on ending systemic racism, not only in law enforcement, but also in other sectors and institutions, including the performing arts. With that in mind, I sought out dancer-choreographer Justin... read more

The Cabaret Engages Audiences Through Virtual Progamming

June 4, 2020

“What good is sitting along in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, oh chum. Come to the cabaret.” Those lyrics by Fred Ebb from the musical “Cabaret” now carry such irony during the pandemic. The song came to mind when... read more

ISO Reinvents Itself While On Hiatus

May 29, 2020

Like many people in Central Indiana, one of my favorite summer pastimes for years has been Symphony on the Prairie concerts held at Conner Prairie in Fishers. It’s a magical event I have cherished for the opportunity to hear the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform outdoors,... read more

Linda Lavin Practices Living In The Moment

May 23, 2020

Acting as a balm to soothe the pain resulting from the absence of live entertainment during the COVID-19 lockdown are virtual performances streaming on Internet platforms. And bringing comfort and joy to those in quarantine are the multitude of singers and musicians appearing live from... read more

Summit Performance Extends Intermission As Pandemic Prevails

May 20, 2020

From the time Summit Performance first arrived on Indy’s performing arts scene in 2018, I have been thoroughly impressed with the calibre of its artistic product. A woman-focused company, the group promotes itself as a performing arts organization “For Women. By Women. For Everybody.” And... read more

Career On Hold For Broadway Performer Sheltering In Indy

May 14, 2020

Some of the more interesting fallout of the COVID-19 crisis are those “refugees” of the pandemic, who reside in other cities, but have chosen to return to their hometown of Indianapolis to quarantine with their immediate families. One of those individuals is New York-based actor-singer-dancer... read more

Suzanne Sweeney Steers IRT Ship Smoothly Over Stormy Seas

May 8, 2020

One of the last shows I saw before Governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order went into effect was Indiana Repertory Theatre‘s “Murder on the Orient Express” on opening night, March 3 and praised in a subsequent review. Following the performance, I remained for the traditional champagne... read more

Emerging Artist Draws Lessons From Life In Quarantine

May 5, 2020

Like many who depend on social media for news and entertainment during the pandemic, I have spent my share of time on Facebook staying connected to friends and family, as well as enjoying the multitude of virtual performances now available. Following the example of his... read more