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‘Route 66’ Serves Up Nostalgic Survey Of Jukebox Hits

February 6, 2024

    The majority of the audience at Friday’s opening night of “Route 66” were Boomers, but fans of American pop music of the 50’s and early 60s, of any age will thoroughly enjoy this lightening paced 90-minute review presented  at The Studio Theatre at... read more

‘Cirque’ Captivates In Palladium CSO Pops Concert

February 2, 2024

It is not unusual for me to eavesdrop on conversations heard in lobbies during intermission or following performances Interviews. More often they are good barometers, aside from audio responses in during the shows themselves, of audience reaction. Such was the case Saturday when I attended... read more

ATL Drama Examines Revisionism And Its Influence On Privilege

January 29, 2024

Nothing sounds more banal than a play set in a small-town city county meeting, right?  But when it is written by actor-playwright-screenwriter Tracey Letts, best known for the Pulitzer and Tony winning “August: Osage County (2007), and presented by the intrepid American Lives Theatre, you... read more

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Relevancy Is Unmistakable

January 27, 2024

One would be hard pressed to find many people in this country who have not read Harper Lee’s ’To Kill  a Mockingbird,” a novel published in 1960 that was required reading in high schools and middle schools. The 1962 Oscar winning film version starring Gregory... read more

Revived Inge Play Recalls Dawn Of The Turbulent 60s

January 16, 2024

As my plus one and I took our seats at the American Lives Theatre production of “Natural Affection” at IndyFringe Basile Theatre, my guest who is 30 years my junior, asked if the set of the drama which takes place in 1962 in a Chicago... read more

IRT’s “Fannie” Features Explosive Solo Performance

January 15, 2024

If the Tony Awards were handing out honors for acting, on a regional level, Maiesha McQueen would surely qualify for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. That is because the critically acclaimed actor, whose credits include Broadway and regional theatre performances, delivered... read more

DK Concert Offers Contrasting Styles of Two Master Storytellers

January 13, 2024

A symbolic passing of the torch transpired Thursday, on opening night of” Divas A-New, “presented by Dance Kaleidoscope at Howard Schrott L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.  Representing a transition from the past to the present, the program consisted of a revival... read more

Melissa Errico Displays Broadway Pedigree At Feinstein’s

January 6, 2024

  Make no mistake —singer-actor-recording artist and writer Melissa Errico is every inch a classic chanteuse. Appearing as if she was born to perform in cabaret, she turned in a compelling performance Friday at the posh Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel. Playing to a... read more