Night & Day diversions- February 6, 2018

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From left: Lanene Charters as Rosie, Amy Bodnar as Donna Sheridan, and Jalynn Steele as Tanya from “Mamma Mia!” cast.

“Mama Mia!,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

Nominated for five Tony Awards, the musical weaves an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship as ABBA’s greatest hits tell the hilarious story of a bride’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise.

8 p.m. Feb. 6,  1 p.m. Feb. 7,  8 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 8 p.m. Feb. 13 (continues through April 8).

Cost: $44-$69 (includes buffet dinner).

More:, 317-872-9664.

“The Love: Gershwin, Bernstein and a Love Letter,” The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, love is in the air for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra with some familiar melodies from Bernstein and Gershwin along with a world premiere of “Love Letter,” a concerto written for violin just for guest violinist Tessa Lark.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 10

Cost: $5-$65.


“Other Desert Cities,” Carmel Community Playhouse, Carmel

Spanning the international disasters of war, the bitter feuds of American politics and the intricate and equally bitter dynamics of one family’s love and grief, Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” is a scintillating and sharply observed dark comedy, with themes of depression, addiction, family and memory.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

Cost: $14-$16.



“Sense and Sensibility,” The Tarkington, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel.

Civic Theatre presents a playful, new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable.

7 p.m. Feb. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 11 (continues through Feb. 17).

Cost: $24.50-$40.50.



“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” The Studio Theater, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel.

An eclectic group of mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and then, one by one, candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories about their home lives.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-10 and 2 p.m. Feb.11 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $20-$45.



“SIMCHA,” Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Academy, Carmel

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s annual fundraiser offers a variety of Yiddish and Klezmer music with vignettes showcasing dance and costume from Jewish culture and heritage.

7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 3 p.m. Feb.11 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $35 (includes refreshments).



“Jukebox Junkie,” The Theater at the Fort, Lawrence

The hits keep on playin’ as the Heartland Big Band presents a “pops” concert in a high-energy charged performance of rock n’ roll hits from the ‘50s through the ‘70s.

7 p.m., Feb. 9 and 10.

Cost: $22.50-$25.



“33 Variations,” Westfield Playhouse, Westfield

Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria in this play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10 and 2:30 Feb. 11 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $10-$12.


“Romeo and Juliet,” Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage, Indianapolis

A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever.

7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 10 (continues through Feb. 24).

Cost: $20-$60.

More:, 317-635-5252.