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Playwright Credits Indy Theatre Scene For NYC Success

January 12, 2022

One of my favorite pursuits as an arts writer is keeping track of artists from Central Indiana who have moved on, especially to larger markets, such as L.A., Chicago or New York, to pursue their passion. One such individual is John F. Sarno, a playwright,... read more

Byron Stripling Is Electrifying in Palladium debut with CSO

January 11, 2022

How unfortunate it was that inclement weather and icy streets made for a sparse, yet enthusiastic audience on Saturday, when Carmel Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Janna Hymes, presented “January Pops.” The concert was headlined by trumpeter, vocalist, actor and conductor Byron Stripling at the... read more

‘Festival of Carols’ Returns To Its Glory

December 23, 2021

Of all the annual holiday events I cover, “Festival of Carols” presented by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (ISC) was the one I missed the most last year when it was canceled due to the pandemic. So, it was with great joy and anticipation that I... read more

Art And Class Examined In ‘Bakersfield Mist’

December 14, 2021

Since opening its new facility more than three years ago, I continue to be curious about the programming at Phoenix Theatre, the advancement of its mission, the artists who work there, and its enhanced technical capabilities and production values. That curiosity continues to be rewarded,... read more

ISO Extravaganza Remains Gold Standard Of Holiday Entertainment

December 8, 2021

A 35-year-old holiday spectacular that has become one of Central Indiana’s most popular, if not revered, entertainment attractions has returned after a year off due to COVID-19. With a new sponsor’s name attached to it, AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,... read more

The Acting Is The Thing In American Lives Theatre Comedy

December 6, 2021

It’s not that “Small Mouth Sounds,” a gem of a play by Bess Wohl, is not, in itself, the main attraction and rightly so. But for someone whose task as a theatre reviewer is to evaluate the caliber of acting in any given production, I... read more

Beef & Boards Christmas Show Is Seasonal Escapism At Its Finest

December 1, 2021

Like everyone else, I was in lockdown this time last year and not able attend the various holiday shows I regularly review due to pandemic cancellations. Happily, thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, most of the local presenters are back in business and operating at full speed.... read more