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Preview: Indy Stage Veteran Diane Kondrat Returns—for Phoenix Theatre's Season Opener

Not long ago, we in Indy bid farewell to her. But bringing the human condition of suffering to light and finding the humor within the pain are two reasons she says she couldn’t turn down the role of Sonia.

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Review: Love, Loss, and What I Wore at Phoenix Theatre

Including the complexities of when to wear white (“Just never wear white”)and the perplexity of the sleeveless turtleneck (“Are you hot or are you cold? Make up your mind!”).

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Loose Change: A Local Alternative to Athleta Stretches Your Dollar

“I go more for what feels good and what lasts,” says owner Shelly Petrowski, “because I know that these days, what we work out in is our outfit for the entire day.”

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Review: Dos Fallopia at Phoenix Theatre

Koch and Platt opened their performance as pair called the Polka Dots, who “put the fun back in funeral” at an Indiana-based funeral convention. The two kept the satire local …

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REVIEW: Clybourne Park at Phoenix Theatre

The brilliance of this play lies in understanding that, as an audience, we aren’t laughing at the ethnicity, tragedy, or handicap of the characters. Rather, it allows us the chance to laugh at ourselves for our own prejudices and judgments.

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Q&A: Rob and Jen Johansen of IRT's Midsummer Night's Dream

The IRT’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream continue through May 12, and these two are in the thick of it.

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Q&A: Diane Kondrat

Phoenix Theatre vet and Bloomington resident Diane Kondrat will bid farewell to the Indy theater scene after her role in The Lyons is complete. She recently spoke with IM about why she chose this part as her last before making her next move.

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REVIEW: The Whipping Man at Indiana Repertory Theatre

It’s April in 1865. General Robert E. Lee has surrendered, and Southern soldiers are retreating home. For many of them, it takes days and weeks to return from Appomattox.The slaves are freed. And it just so happens to be a time that people of Jewish faith are preparing to celebrate Passover. It is also a sad time for African Americans as they discover President Abraham Lincoln’s passing.

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Q&A: Tim Ocel, Director of IRT's The Whipping Man

Here, director Tim Ocel speaks to IM about the parallels to draw and complexities to consider among race, war, and religion in Indiana Repertory Theatre’s newest play, The Whipping Man. Ocel’s adaptation of Matthew Lopez’s Civil War–era play deals with these hot-button issues head-on, but, as Ocel explains, it’s important to take an active role in breaking down barriers by having controversial conversations. The Whipping Man, opening tonight, is sure to have audiences talking, but before that, we spoke with its director:

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Review: Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Jackie & Me" Swings at Baseball and Racism

Indiana Repertory Theatre’s newest play, Jackie & Me is the stage adaptation of Dan Gutman’s novel centered around the great Jackie Robinson, the first African American in Major League Baseball, and the racism and adversity he had to overcome to play the game he loved. The novel, geared toward a younger audience, teaches important life lessons about temper control, acceptance, and cultural diversity through the eyes of Joey Stoshack, a hot-headed Polish little-leaguer living in the present day.

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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Civic Theatre

Upbeat and perfectly choreographed, the enthusiastic performers and phenomenal orchestra really fill up the small space.

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Q&A: James Still, IRT Playwright-in-Residence

Indiana Repertory Theatre playwright-in-residence James Still talked to IM moments before the recent world premiere of his newest play, The House That Jack Built. Here, Still divulges his inspiration for the play and how it became the platform to tell a story he couldn’t find the words to say himself.

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REVIEW: IRT's House That Jack Built Is Sharp, Witty Drama

The Indiana Repertory Theatre is touting The House That Jack Built as “the next great American play,” and it opened to a packed house for last weekend’s world premiere. The buzz around this latest work by IRT playwright-in-residence James Still is well-founded: It received the 2012 Todd McNerney National New Play Prize, and Still’s poetic depiction of a Thanksgiving get-together in Vermont is sharp, witty, and modern.

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Review: Civic's Woman in Black is Spooky Thriller

Now in the intimate Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts, The Woman in Black (through Nov. 10) is a chilling play based on the novel by Susan Hill (and one of the longest-running in London’s West End).

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Q&A with John Ban of Lounge 54

A new lounge aimed at young professionals opened its doors last weekend. Lounge 54, located inside Brewstone Beer Company (3720 E. 82nd St., 317-577-7800), aims to fill a void within Indianapolis nightlife scene by attracting career-minded individuals and local celebrities. Ben Priest, general manager of Brewstone, got in touch with long-time friend John Ban to create an intimate place for young professionals to unwind.