Spring Guide to the Indianapolis Theatre Scene
It's probably not too late to get tickets to a show this week at one of the many fine Indianapolis area theatres. But if you like to plan ahead, we have your spring guide to the stage covered right here.
What's hot in Indy? Check out the schedule and ticket information for the upcoming spring season.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is wrapping up their Centennial Season! Don't miss the final show of the season.
Monty Python's Spamalot
Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the irreverent signature style of Monty Python. Set to an upbeat score with clever lyrics and plot twists, Spamalot also features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Join King Arthur and the Knights on their musical quest for the Holy Grail and experience one of the greatest, and certainly one of the funniest, Broadway musicals of the modern age!
(Contains mature content and may not be suitable for children under 12.)
Dates: April 24 - May 9
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm, last Saturday (5/9) at 5pm, Sundays at 2pm
Enjoy a romantic date night on the town in Indianapolis at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Hurry over to see one of the last shows of Sherlock's most terrifying adventure!
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as Baker Street’s fabled detective duo investigate a deadly threat to the heir of the Baskerville estate. Will Victorian London’s keenest mind deduce the source of the monstrous mongrels before they claim another victim? Family secrets, haunted hounds, romance, and mysteries abound in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless tale of supernatural suspense.
Dates: Now through March 15; IRT OneAmerica Stage
What I Learned in Paris
1973 Atlanta. The politics of race, class and gender are rapidly transforming as the city elects its first black mayor. What better time to begin a romantic escapade than during the eve of an historic election? Old loves rekindle and new loves ignite in this expertly funny and delightfully urbane love story.
Dates: March 17 - April 12; IRT Upperstage
On Golden Pond
Touches the heart of anyone who has one.
-NY Daily News
As Ethel and Norman return to the familiar summer ritual of their tranquil vacation home on the water, they get a surprise guest in the form of their daughter’s young stepson-to-be. This tender tale paints an honest look at the labors and liveliness of a couple in the midst of their twilight years. This beloved Tony Award winning play reminds us that each moment we receive is a gift we share with those we love.
Dates: April 14 - May 10; IRT OneAmerica Stage
For an intimate, contemporary theatre experience, head to the Phoenix. Their spring lineup looks intriguing!
Buyer and Cellar
Americans crave celebrity. Whether we’re reading People, or watching E!, or inhaling the newest celebrity biography, we want to know what their lives are like. But how many of us actually get to engage with our celeb-crushes? Or even take the time to imagine what that interaction might entail? That’s where playwright, Jonathan Tolins, steps in to satisfy our craving, in a whimsical and fictionalized telling of a day in the life of employment to Barbra Streisand.
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of the beloved megastar, Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? This hugely successful Off-Broadway hit is an outrageous one-man comedy about celebrity, the oddest of odd jobs and the pursuit of utopia.
“It’s a seriously funny and remarkably sustained slice of absurdist whimsy.” –New York Times
Dates: March 5 - April 5
You’ve probably heard of “Typhoid Mary,” but most of us are unfamiliar with Mary Mallon, the cook behind the name. This quirky, anachronistic telling of the discovery of Mary’s peculiar disease, as well as her forced quarantine, unfolds in front of a backdrop of changing notions of medicine, morality and cleanliness – Did she willfully infect others? Was she a victim of a misguided medical authority? Or is the truth even stranger?
Dates: April 30 - May 24
Theatre on the Square
Walk to dinner and a night at the theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Theatre on the Square, or TOTS, is within walking distance of amazing bars and restaurants in the arts district of Mass Ave.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
Welcome to the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant. The ten imaginative plays in this collection range widely in content, but the style is unmistakable.
“Shel Silverstein — cartoonist, songwriter, author and playwright — was a beautiful oddball, and his quirky comedy is the best reason to catch the hour-long An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein.” – The Washington Post
Dates: March 6 - April 4
Rapture, Blister, Burn
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.
“Thoughtful, funny…One of the top ten plays of 2012.” —Entertainment Weekly.
What shows are you excited about seeing this spring? Share your favorite Indianapolis theatre scene tips in the comments below!