by Justin Brady
Let's reinvent Thursdays. In college, we all knew it as Thirsty Thursday, but most of us quickly outgrew Hangover Fridays. But that doesn't mean we have to sit at home. It's time for Theatre Thursdays.
Here's a months worth of cultural (and inexpensive) offerings to spice up your Thursdays.
Thursday, May 4
Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators by NoExit Performance
NoExit Performances is no stranger to breaking down the 4th wall in theatre. The premiere of this original play by NUVO's David Hoppe takes place in Garfield Park. If past site-specific works by NoExitare any indicator it should be an epic night. Going opening night will pay off when you seem ultra hip while you tell your friends about seeing it first. Tickets are $20/$15 students. Read my interview with director Georgeanna Smith.
Thursday, May 9
The Encyclopedia Show
For a night out of the ordinary, head to The Irving Theater and enjoy an all-original, never-before-seen show featuring new musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, and experts every time. This month should be extra peculiar, featuring a live interview with renowned astrologer Gary Paul Glynn. Tickets are $8/$5 students.
Thursday, May 16
Follies by Footlite Musicals
Footlite Musicals brings Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies to the stage. Expect the big costumes, big sets and big numbers to be served with a side of heartbreaking reality. On Thursday nights you can see the show considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created for only $10.
Thursday, May 23
4000 Miles by The Phoenix
After a 4,000 mile bike ride, Leo arrives at his grandmother's apartment in Greenwich Village. This off-Broadway hit by Amy Herzog explores tensions of age gaps, differing opinions and learning to resolve them. We encourage you to bike the Cultural Trail on over to this show. Tickets range from $18-$28.
Thursday, May 30
Urbański Conducts Gershwin by the ISO
Urbański + Gershwin = reason to take an early lunch break. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's little secret is the Coffee Classical Series - a chance to hear an abbreviated, mid-day performance with complimentary coffee and pastries. If a chance to hear Rhapsody in Blue and An American In Paris isn't reason enough to go, the concert includes a performance by the fun and deservedly popular string trio Time for Three. Tickets start at $20.