Night & Day diversions – January 29, 2019


“The Diary of Anne Frank,” OneAmerican Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis

IRT relays the true story of Anne Frank’s faith in humanity while hiding with her family during Nazi Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. Feb. 2

Cost: $21 to $78



“Every Brilliant Thing,” Upperstage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis

Marcus Truschinski stars in the one-man play by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1; 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 3

Cost: $21 to $78


Vernon (David Schmittou), center, finds support from his inner voices (Doug King, left, and Peter Scharbrough) in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of “They’re Playing Our Song.” (Submitted photo)

“They’re Playing Our Song,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch’s romantic musical is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

8 p.m. Jan. 29, 31. Feb. 1; 1:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 2; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3

Cost: $45 to $70 (includes buffet dinner).

More:, 317-872-9664


“Ruthless! the Musical,” Actors Theatre of Indiana, The Studio Theater, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

ATI presents this dark comedic spoof of several musicals and movies.

7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1, 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 3

Cost: $20 to $45



“2 Across,” Amalgamated Stage Productions, The Cat Theatre, Carmel

The two-person play focuses on two random train riders who bond over crossword puzzles, life and jobs and share some brief romantic moments.

8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 3

Cost: $15 to $20



Songbook Academy applications deadline set — The Great American Songbook Foundation has launched the nationwide application process for its 2019 Songbook Academy summer intensive, a performance program for high school students led by Foundation founder Michael Feinstein. The weeklong Songbook Academy is the only high school intensive in the U.S. focused on the jazz standards and classic Broadway and Hollywood tunes. The 2019 academy is scheduled July 13 to 20 at the Songbook Foundation’s headquarters, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. U.S. high school students are invited to submit videos with performances of two contrasting songs from the American Songbook genre. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of music educators and industry professionals who provide written feedback to every applicant. The application deadline is March 1. More details and application information are available at, or by contacting Manager of Programs Renée La Schiazza at or 317-844-5832.


Complimentary tickets offer to furloughed workers — The Cat Theatre, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel, is offering two complimentary tickets and free popcorn to furloughed federal government employees for its production of  “2 Across,” which has performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and at 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets may be redeemed by emailing Will Wood at A government issued ID is required when picking up tickets at the box office.


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