Live Theatre Productions in August, 2011: IndyFringe Takes Center Stage

As the Indy summer moves inexorably into its dramatic climax, so does the Indianapolis theatrical summer season. Shows like the Phoenix Theatre’s With a Bang are rounded out by classics such as Cinderella at the Belfry Theatre and Hairspray at the newly-opened Tarkington. At the same time, the fun, frenetic IndyFringe is celebrating their seventh Annual Fringe Festival in Indianapolis. Take a look at Fun City Finder‘s collection of live performance venues in Indianapolis and its environs, with plays that will steal your heart away this August, 2011.

7th Annual IndyFringe Festival Offerings

August 19-28, 2011
Fringe Festival tickets are $5 – $10, and are mounted at various locales in the arty Mass Ave Cultural District, in downtown Indianapolis.
(NOTE: Not all IndyFringe productions are listed here. Please see the IndyFringe schedule online for a complete listing.)

Abraham Lincoln, Hoosier Hero – This loving portrayal of Honest Abe touches on his public and private lives with humor and pathos.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Phoenix Basile Theatre
Antigone with a Shotgun, The Musical (and other stories) – This show explores the makeup of a heroine through four ten-minute musicals.
August 19 – 28, 2011
Phoenix Theater Mainstage
Around The World With Cinderella – Award-winning ranconteur Mary Hamilton tells Cinderella stories from cultures around the world.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Phoenix Basile Theatre
Beer Can Raft and Other Plays – This is a dramatic comedy about people floating in the ocean, like all of us, metaphorically speaking.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Phoenix Theatre Mainstage
Dearest: The Mommie Musical – A takeoff on the hit movie, Mommie Dearest, this musical includes numbers such as “I’m Mad at the Dirt” and “Bring Me the Axe.”
August 19 – 28, 2011
Theatre on the Square Main Stage
Driving Them Crazy – This is the wild ride at IndyFringe, constructed around women and the famous Indianapolis 500.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Theatre on the Square Stage II
Flyover – A thoughtful play about the tragi-comedy that is life in general and one big question for a working stiff.
August 19 – 28, 2011
Theatre on the Square Stage II
How to Kill – A comedy about Keith, who deals with his adversaries and his own anxieties by killing them in his mind.
August 19 – 27, 2011
Phoenix Theatre Mainstage
I Love You (We’re F*#ked) – Here’s a musical comedy in which Kevin J. Thornton returns to regale his audience with memories of his love and sex life past.
August 21 – 28, 2011
The Impressario – This is a musical comedy centered around an opera company and its exhausted director.
August 19 – 28, 2011
Cook Theatre
Luminary – On growing up sane and shopping at Target, this comic drama will push some buttons for you.
August 19 – 28, 2011
IndyFringe Theatre
Scuba Mission: Gainfully Employed – This is what happens when two men with one brain take the comedy stage. Featuring Chicago’s Colin Hogan and Shawn Bowers.
August 19 – 28, 2011
ComedySportz Arena
Sousepaw: A Baseball Story – In this drama, a lefty baseball pitcher plans his big comeback and enlists the circus reptile girl to help.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Theatre on the Square – Main Stage
The Third Life of Eddie Mann – Don’t miss this lighthearted look at life and death, an award-winning play and world premiere.
August 20 – 28, 2011
Theatre on the Square – Stage II
The Wedding Belles – In this family-friendly musical comedy, a bride gets cold feet and her bridesmaids try to talk her down.
August 20 – 28, 2011
IndyFringe Theatre

Other Live Greater Indianapolis Theatre Productions in August, 2011

CinderellaThis is the perfect thing to do in Indianapolis for Indianapolis children and the child inside you who will never stop loving this timeless fairytale. In Noblesville, Indiana.
Now through August 7, 2011
Belfry Theatre
Tickets – $12 – $17
Boy with Dreams – The Fringe is renowned for pulling the unexpected out of its collective hat. This play contains mystery, illusion, dance and truth.
August 11, 12, & 13, 2011
IndyFringe Theatre
Tickets – $10
With a BangA thought-provoking dark comedy surrounding an angel’s battle with a killer from hell and the heroine who finds herself stuck in this unlikely quagmire.
Now through August 14, 2011
Phoenix Theatre
Tickets – $15 – $25
Church Basement Ladies 2 (A Second Helping)This B & B production offers a hugely entertaining musical comedy along with a comfort-food dinner just like the church ladies make.
Now through August 28, 2011
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
Blood, Sweat and Togas An interactive, energetic spoof on Gladiator, this murder mystery occurs as dinner and dessert unfold at the popular Indianapolis restaurant called The Milano Inn.
Now through August 23, 2011
The Mystery Café of Indianapolis
Tickets – $44.50
HairsprayThis ever-popular Broadway musical is the opening act at the beautiful new Tarkington Theater in Carmel, Indiana‘s splendid Center for the Performing Arts.
August 11 – 27, 2011; 8:00 pm and 2:30 pm
The Tarkington
Tickets – $17 – $25


Indianapolis Theatres and Performing Arts Venues

Athenaeum Theatre | Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre | Buck Creek Playhouse | Clowes Memorial Hall | Columbia Club | Hedback Theatre | Hilbert Circle Theatre | Indiana Repertory Theatre | Indianapolis Civic Theatre | IndyFringe Building | Irving Theater | Ruth Lilly Performance Hall | Madame Walker Theatre | Old National Centre (Murat) | The Palladium | Phoenix Theatre | Scottish Rite Cathedral | Theatre on the Square | Warren Performing Arts Center | Indianapolis Theatre Companies | More Greater Indianapolis Theatres

Central Indiana Theatres and Performing Arts Venues

Anderson’s Mainstage Theatre | Anderson’s Paramount Theatre and Ballroom | Boggstown Cabaret Supper Club in Shelby County | Carmel Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel Community Playhouse | Carmel’s Palladium | Fishers’ Artists’ Studio | Greencastle’s Putnam County Playhouse | Greenfield’s H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts | Lebanon’s Theatre at the Milk Building | Muncie’s Ball State University Theatre | Nashville’s Coachlight Musical Theatre | Rushville’s Rush County Playhouse | Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre | Indianapolis Theatre Companies | More Central Indiana Theatres