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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.

“Doubt”

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

right reasons.

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.

“My Way”

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

“Stuff Happens”

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

extravaganza!

“End Days”

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

reconciliation.

“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.

“Well”

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.

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