Summer stages

With the July 4 holiday behind us, a new bunch of plays open this week.

The Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indy opens the Simpsons-inspired comedy, “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” Thursday (likely today if you are reading this within hours of our posting it). Just a couple of blocks away, Theatre on the Square opens the acclaimed “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron on Friday. Just up Alabama Street, two more shows open Friday: a young-adults production of “West Side Story” at Footlite Musicals and a more mature cast in Epilogue Players‘ “The Second Time Around.”

Meanwhile, out in Greenfield, the CrazyLake Acting Company presents an excellent and fun production of the musical “Legally Blonde” for a two-weekend run at the Ricks Centre for the Arts, just a block or so west of the county courthouse on U.S. 40.

And up in northwest Indy, by the Pyramids, “Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming” opens at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. As this is one of B&B’s most popular series of plays, the preceding sentence is all one would have to say to inspire sellouts through the end of the month. Judging by the previous editions, if you find the term “old-time Gospel sing” at all appealing, this show is a must-see.

So, there you have it – something for everyone.

– See you in the audience!

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