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Old Spirit Is Still Showing In ‘Hello Dolly! ‘At Beef & Boards

April 15, 2022

During my many years of reviewing shows, I have seen numerous professional, community theatre and educational productions of “Hello Dolly!” with some more successful than others. Happily, the one running now at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is among the best. Playing until May 15,... read more

Fourth Wall Offers Madcap Mirth In District Theatre Show

April 14, 2022

  It was fortuitous I ran into two members of Fourth Wall Ensemble last week at WISH-TV, where they and yours truly were guests on Life. Style. Live! Otherwise, I would have overlooked the fact they were performing their show “Fruit Flies Like a Banana”... read more

Las Cafeteras Eclectic Sound Explodes on Palladium Stage

April 12, 2022

In all the years I have covered the Center for the Performing Arts since it opened in 2011, I have only witnessed a handful of Latino music concerts at the Palladium. Therefore, it was with singular delight, as a Hoosier with Mexican roots, that I... read more

Cheeky Humor Is Hallmark Of Cumming & Shapiro Cabaret

April 10, 2022

It was a hybrid of storytelling and cabaret, unlike any act I’ve ever witnessed, but one thing is certain, “Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro: Och and Oy! A Considered Cabaret” seen Thursday night at The Cabaret was an evening of unabashed, irreverent fun. The source of... read more

Star Power Pervades Vanessa Williams’ Palladium Concert

April 3, 2022

Singer-actor Vanessa Williams lit up the Palladium stage with the talent and charisma that earned her the Miss America title in 1984, and the distinction of being the first Black woman to wear the crown. Wowing the audience with her infectious showmanship, Williams held court... read more

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Is Faithful To Film It’s Based Upon

March 31, 2022

For fans of the 2004 film “Mean Girls,” who consider themselves purists and skeptical of a stage musical version, have no fear. Not only does “Mean Girls” get it right, in some ways, it even surpasses its namesake. I had the pleasure of attending Tuesday’s... read more

‘Mean Girls’ Supporting Actor Says Musical is ‘Fetch’

March 27, 2022

A 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan that is practically embedded in American culture is the basis for “Mean Girls,” a musical comedy coming to the Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre March 29 through April 3. Presented by Broadway in Indianapolis, the production is... read more