With the emergence of winter, don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying what Indianapolis has to offer. Step outside of your comfort zone and head to one of Indy’s many theaters for an evening of fun and culture.
Following are upcoming plays at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Civic Theatre and Phoenix Theatre to help keep the winter doldrums away.
Indiana Repertory Theatre
“A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 3 – Dec. 24
Don’t miss this holiday classic as Scrooge drops in for
another winter season. Check out Tiny Tim and the
ghosts of Christmas past as they brighten your holidays
in this annual performance.
“Tuesdays with Morrie”
Dec. 4 – Jan. 13
With a generous dose of humor, this touching, life-affirming
drama vividly recounts the interlocking stories of one man
losing his life while another finds his.
Jan. 16 – Feb. 9
A nun who has no doubt about her beliefs pits herself
against a priest who is uncertain. Based on her instincts.
Sister Aloysius concludes that Father Flynn has seduced
a student. He denies it. The intense and personal
power struggle between them ultimately calls into
question both faith and justice.
“The Power of One”
Feb. 2 – March 8
The fascinating lives of Rosa Parks, Madame C.J.
Walker and Harriet Tubman come to life in an exploration
of African-American women who each made significant
contributions to her community and our country.
“The Piano Lesson”
Feb. 20 – March 15
Pittsburgh, 1936. Berniece will not let go of her great-
grandfather’s piano. Covered with incredible carvings,
it recounts her family’s rise from slavery. Her brother, Boy
Willie, wants to sell the piano to buy land. Respect for
their ancestors collides with desire for a new life as sister
and brother struggle with the unknowable balance
between holding on to the past and letting go for the
Indianapolis Civic Theatre
“On Golden Pond”
Nov. 2 –18
This funny and warmly perceptive study of a lovable elderly couple
facing their twilight years celebrates the triumphs of life, love and family.
“Of Mice and Men”
Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
One of the most celebrated and monumental works by Nobel Prize-
winning author John Steinbeck about the migration to California
during the Great Depression.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Dec. 14 – Jan. 6
Back by popular demand, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s
inspiring musical adaptation of the well-known biblical tale returns to
the stage for the holidays.
Jan. 25 – Feb. 10
A classy tribute to Frank Sinatra.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
March 7 – 22
A high-spirited musical romp through the roaring ’20s filled with
frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady villainess
audiences will love to hate.
The Phoenix Theatre
Now through Nov. 18
“Stuff Happens” is the chronicle of
the complex diplomatic maneuvers
leading up to the war in Iraq, the
main characters of the play are the
real-life world leaders George W.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin
Powell, and Tony Blair. The play
takes its title from a remark
Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld made when he was asked
to comment on the looting in Iraq
following the fall of Baghdad.
“Stuff happens,” he told reporters.
“A Very Phoenix X-Mas”
Nov. 23 – Dec. 23
It’s round two and we’re whipping up a new batch of treats for the holidays
that’s sure to be a hit. Take a lot of traditional, throw in a couple of game
shows and some mischievous elves, sprinkle in music and audience
participation, and it’s a Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Solstice
Jan. 3 – Feb. 3
Sixteen-year-old Goth girl Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father
hasn’t changed out of his pajamas for nearly six years. Her mother has begun
close relationship with Jesus…who brews her coffee. Her new neighbor,
a 16-year-old Elvis impersonator, has developed a fiery passion for her.
And the Apocalypse is coming on Wednesday. Her only hope? Stephen
Hawking. “End Days” is a charming comedy about family ties and
“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”
Feb. 7 – March 2
A blistering satire spies on the life of a merciless Irish Libertarian Army
officer and the one thing he loves more than anything in the world…his
black cat, Wee Thomas.
March 6 – April 6
“Well” is a one-woman show…of sorts. If not for the other four actors who
play various people in her life, and the fact that the solo artist’s mother sits
near the edge of the stage, Lisa Kron’s “Well” is an introspective study on
allergies and integration. This is a funny, surprising, and at times
heartbreaking exploration of the ability to embrace the complexities and
contradictions of life.