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Scheduling one show at a time

February 24, 2009
Some of the Indy area's newer theater companies have been announcing new productions on a show-by-show basis. This allows them to react quickly, to get a show up when it's ready, and to live within their often very-limited means. On the other hand, it can be difficult for the public to keep track of what's going on where.

A sampling:

Actors Theatre of Indiana is committed to a fairly long run (by local standards) of the spoof revue "Forbidden Broadway" April 2-May 13. Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel is the venue and the intimate setting could help make this more satisfying and fun than the touring production that played Clowes Hall last year.

Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre will be taking over the new Indy Fringe space on Mass Ave. for Neil LaBute's play "In a Dark Dark House." It runs March 20-April 4, with tickets only $15 if you buy before March 13.

A fledgeling company, Indianapolis New Art Theater, currently has Adam Bock's play "The Typographer's Dream" running at the CTI space at the Junior Achievement Center. Don't be confused by the fact that CTI stands for Children's Theatre Institute. This isn't kids' theater.

Wisdom Tooth Theatre Company, out of Anderson, will be bringing it's production of "Nickel and Dimed" to Theatre on the Square March 6-14. This sort of mini-tour could be the wave of the future for small theater companies looking to amortize productions.

My question: How far in advance do you like to know about a show you might see? Does it matter to you if a theater announces an entire season? Or are you the kind of person who decides on Friday what you are going to see Saturday?

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