What’s on Stage at TOTS and the Phoenix?

Two major performing arts venues in Indianapolis present some very different fare during the remainder of the first month of 2011.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of four more opportunities for you to enjoy live theatre in Indianapolis before January morphs into February and Valentine’s Day takes over Indiana, the United States and the world.

Theatre on the Square (TOTS)

The Theatre on the Square (TOTS) has three blockbusters for the month of January, but one show is a benefit production and it’s one night only.

Why Torture Is Wrong…And the People Who Love Them is an off-the-wall comedic satire about poor, whacky Felicity, who can’t figure out if her parents are insane or simply evil, nor whether her husband might be the modern male equivalent of Mata Hari. Construed to tickle your PC bone until it’s so uncomfortable you give in, this play is a raucous flight away from homeland security anxiety. Hurry! It’s almost a memory.
Tickets” $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors
December 31, 2010 through January 22, 2011
Drag Race: Who in Indy doesn’t know about the Talbott Street Nightclub? It’s only the most outrageous venue in the Circle City, the place to go for offbeat Indianapolis nightlife and general rowdiness. This Indianapolis event celebrates the beauty of women and men in a fun benefit for the Theatre on the Square. Will your favorite Drag Queen win the Drag Race? Place your bets and have some uninhibited fun for a great cause.
Tickets: $5 or $7 at the door, VIP Pre-Party: $20
Thursday, January 27, 2011
A Contemporary American’s Guide To A Successful Marriage is TOTS’ hugely entertaining, almost uncomfortably upbeat take on marriage in Iowa during the 1950s. What were the rules of engagement during those supposedly happy days? And doesn’t it all seem so strange today? Or does it? This comedy will go through Valentine’s Day, so bring your sweetie.
Tickets” $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors
January 28 through February 19, 2011


Norway at The Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre is currently presenting a thought-provoking drama called Norway, by Samuel D. Hunter. The plot pursues a young man’s quest for true fulfillment, and his relationships, caught between a controlling father and a supportive confidante. Critics call it turbulent, meaningful and marvelously constructed. This performance shares the world premier with the Boise Contemporary Theatre.

Norway plays at the Phoenix Theatre through January 30, 2001. Tickets are $15 on Thursdays and $25 on Fridays and Saturdays.


It’s not all sports in Indianapolis, no matter what they say in the mainstream media. For many Hoosiers, a night out enjoying a live stage play in Indianapolis is a favorite Indianapolis thing to do.


The Phoenix Theatre

749 N Park Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Visit Phoenix website


Theatre on the Square

627 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Visit TOTS online


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