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A wonderful place to visit | East of Indy
The show is as funny and touching as you’d expect, maybe moreso. The closer confines of the Phoenix (compared to the touring productions visiting the big stages) does make for a better experience
(6/15/11 | Read More)


Soul searching on “Avenue Q” | Indianapolis Business Journal
Yes, as you may have heard, “Avenue Q” is, at least at first, an R-rating-worthy “Sesame Street.” And as presented in its regional theater premiere at the Phoenix Theatre, the up-close-and-personal environs accentuate both the show’s sweetness and its explicitness.
(6/11/11 | Read More)


Not your grandma’s puppets in Phoenix Theatre’s “Avenue Q” | The Examiner
Working his customary magic in casting and direction is Phoenix’s producer/director, Bryan Fonseca, who has outdone himself with this particular ensemble. It comprises some of Indianapolis’ most gifted and versatile actors, who play the three human characters, and the remainder who are all puppets (manipulated by humans).
(6/4/11 | Read More)


Review: Phoenix Theatre’s “Avenue Q” | NUVO Newsweekly
Delightful in every aspect, Avenue Q is destined for a long residency at The Phoenix. The Phoenix team matches every expectation for stage setting, puppets and their symbiotic relationship with actors, music, costumes, lighting, animation, choreography — it’s all there with heart, soul, guts.
(6/4/11 | Read More)


20-somethings muse and amuse, and puppets help | Indianapolis Star
In the Phoenix Theatre’s new production, the blend of pathos, humor and attitude in the award-winning show thrives in the theater’s close-up setting
(6/3/11 | Read More)


Theatre review: “A Very Phoenix Xmas 5: Regifted” | Indy Theatre Habit
Jason Gloye and Stephen Hunt have each been in the show at least one other year. Each masters new roles this year. Jason, for example, becomes a cross-dressing co-worker at the office party in “Poodolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Carrie Fedor.
(11/28/10 | Read More)


Footlite “Producers” a hilarious masterpiece | East of Indy
The Mel Brooks musical “The Producers,” Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 3 at Footlite Musicals, is an incredible showcase of central Indiana talent…
(9/24/10 | Read More)


Christmas surprises | East of Indy
The “Phoenix Xmas” show at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 Park Ave. downtown, is always a mixed bag gathered from submissions that area playwrights make through the fall. The idea is to be different from all other shows, and this usually means getting irreverent and weird.
(11/30/09 | Read More)


Review: A Very Phoenix Xmas, a must see show | Fun City Finder
For a holiday show with some spice, on a night when you can leave your Indianapolis kids at home, A Very Phoenix Xmas wins my vote for best holiday show of the Indianapolis theatre season.
(11/30/09 | Read More)


Seeing and supporting | Andrew’s Writing
Yockey’s script flows with comedy and quick dialogue overlaps with ease (handled quite expertly by both Jason Gloye and Ben Snyder).
(9/4/09 | Read More)


Octopus show review | NUVO Newsweekly
Jason Gloye, Ricardo Melendez, Ben Snyder and Nate Walden take what could be just four lovable tan, pumped up gay stereotypes into some dark-night-of-the-soul territory and then emerge in a fairy tale ending. Though I’m a fan of that gray area in between, the way Octopus swings for the extremes makes for 90 minutes of trippy, very enjoyable theater.
(6/19/09 | Read More)


Another take on “Octopus” | Indy Theatre Habit
“It starts out funny, but then it becomes… I’m going to have to say to people, ‘Now be sure you’re in the mood for something intense.’ Because that was one intense play.”
(6/18/09 | Read More)


Theatre review: “Octopus” at the Phoenix Theatre | Indy Theatre Habit
It is an intense show, full of satisfying surprises both in terms of the story and the staging of it. After a lot of post-show discussion, Doug pronounced it “poignant.” Chris pronounced it “genius.” I loved it, too, but for maybe different reasons than they did.
(6/13/09 | Read More)


“Octopus” | The Indianapolis Star
“Octopus,” which presents the unraveling of two gay relationships out of a casual social entanglement, moves swiftly through its opening comic premise — discomfort vs. a sense of adventure — into unwelcome revelations of character and commitment.
(6/12/09 | Read More)


“Octopus” | Indiana Auditions
When the play ended, I was thinking to myself “I couldn’t have seen two pieces back to back that each get a standing ovation.” So I did not stand – but I should have. The play, the players, and the production deserved it. It would be my third this year (among fifty shows).
(6/12/09 | Read More)