September Picks

September kicks off an eclectic new season of performing arts

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Most of the major theatres and performing arts groups will be kicking off their 2013-2014 season in September. Earlier this year, I previewed some of what's in store this season.  Here's a look at some of the eclectic offerings in September.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Phoenix Theatre
September 19 - October 20 at the Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre kicks off its season with the 2013 Tony Award-winning play by hilarious, absurd writer Christopher Durang. The fact that the Phoenix opens the show right after it closes on Broadway is a coup for Indianapolis audiences in itself. But The Phoenix, one of Indy's only professional theatres, doesn't settle for less than the best, bringing together an all-star cast including Jen Johansen, Chuck Goad, and Diane Kondrat.

Also of note - before the season kicks off, The Phoenix Theatre is bringing back the summer's hit show Love, Loss & What I Worefor an encore. The show by Nora and Delia Ephron returns September 5-15.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from the Broadway production.
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from the Broadway production.

Mood Indigo, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Sunday, September 15 4 & 7 p.m. at the Indianapolis Landmarks Center

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir kicks off its 77th season with an evening of music by the Rat Pack. The classy, beautiful Indianapolis Landmarks Center will provide the perfect setting for the Chamber Singers' intimate cabaret performance. The 4 p.m. show has already sold out, so buy your tickets soon!

Bad Wolf, NoExit Performance
Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres

As part of the IMA's annual Autumn Equinox celebration, NoExitPerformance, will take your family on a magical romp with Little Red, the 3 Little Pigs and more as they try to stop the Big Bad Wolf before he comes out to play. Fresh off a hit show at IndyFringe, I imagine NoExit will create a magical theatrical experience for the whole family with the beautiful 100 Acres as the backdrop.

Evening with the Stars, Indianapolis City Ballet
September 7 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Ballet hasn't had much presence in Indianapolis in recent years, but once a year the Indianapolis City Ballet gathers some of the world's greatest ballet dancers. The show promises to deliver signature works from classical to cutting-edge contemporary, making a perfect night for ballet novices and seasoned fans alike.

Thaw, IndyFringe
September 6 -21 at IndyFringeBasile Theatre

The annual IndyFringe Fest just ended with record attendance, but IndyFringe is already set to kick off their year-round theatre programming with an original play by local playwright Chris White. The show explores what happens when two women in a cabin try to give birth naturally. IndyFringe annually runs DivaFest in the spring to nurture female playwrights. It's great to see that effort continued here by Ellen and Richard Shevitz who share the goal of bringing female playwrights to the stage.

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