by Justin Brady
September welcomes the start of a new performing arts season at many venues around town. Among the options: visit one of Shakespeare's earliest works, see a classic musical reworked, welcome an international competition and laugh at the Indy premiere of two comedies.
Calendar Girls at Theatre on the Square, Sept. 12 - Oct. 11
In order to boost the annual fundraiser for their local hospital, a group of women (who were anything but model-like) daringly pose nude for the calendar. Based on a true story, the movie version of Calendar Girls was lead by Helen Mirren and the subsequent theater adaptation became the fastest selling play in British theater history. Lori Raffle directs a cast of local veteran theater actresses.
Clark Gable Slept Here at Phoenix Theatre, Sept. 18 - Oct. 19
Phoenix Theatre launches a season of comedy with Clark Gable SleptHere, starring Chuck Goad and Jen Johansson. This Hollywood spoof will take you into an ill-fated night at the Golden Globes when a dead male prostitute turns up in one of the nominated leading actor's bed.
My Fair Lady at Actors Theatre of Indiana, Sept. 12 - 28
The Actors Theatre of Indiana presents the classic musical My Fair Lady, but with a twist. Rather than the typical large cast, this production features a company of only 10 actors with the ensemble performing multiple supporting characters. The cast includes an impressive mix of local talent and NYC-credentialed guests.
Two Gentleman of Verona at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Sept. 16 - Oct. 19
To make up for my lack of familiarity with this work of The Bard, a quick search led to a few fun facts. They are: Two Gentleman of Verona is considered Shakespeare's first work, and it includes the smallest cast of any of his plays. Also, it is commonly regarded as one of his weakest plays. Yet the dog Crab is identified as "the most scene-stealing nonspeaking role in the canon." Well, my interest is piqued.
International Violin Competition Of Indianapolis,Sept. 5 - 21
Imagine American Idol except as a most-talent violinist version and you get the picture. The globally recognized International Violin Competition of Indianapolis competition and various concerts take place throughout two weeks around around our fair city. The finals are hosted at Hilbert Circle Theatre with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Speaking of which, the ISO's regular season opens Sept. 27 with Urbański Conducts Brahms 4.