Night & Day diversions- January 30, 2018

The Dublin Irish Dance troupe (Submitted photo)

“Dublin Irish Dance,” The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Direct from Dublin, this troupe of world-champion Irish step dancers offers a program of airs, jigs, reels and other selections that tell the story of Irish immigrants as they journey from their homeland to the New World.

8 p.m. Feb. 3

Cost: $15-$70.


Lonestar, The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Balancing traditional country and honky-tonk roots with pop-rock sensibility, the contemporary country band has logged several platinum-selling albums and 10 No. 1 country singles during its 20-plus years on the scene.

8 p.m. Feb. 2

Cost: $30-$85.



“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. 2-3 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 (continues through 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. 2-3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 4 (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. 2-3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 4 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $20-$45.


“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. 1-3, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6 (continues through April 8).

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

More:, 317-872-9664.


“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. 3 and 3 p.m. Feb. 4 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $35 (includes refreshments).


“A Raisin in the Sun,” The Indiana Repertory Theatre Main Stage, Indianapolis

After years in a crowded, run-down, inner-city apartment, the Younger family dreams of a better life in the green, sunny suburbs. But when opportunity comes along, will they agree on the best route to get there and will the gates be open to them?

7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 3.

Cost: From $25.

More:, 317.635.5252.


“Romeo and Juliet,” Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upper Stage, 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. 2 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 3 (continues through Feb. 24).

Cost: $20-$60.

More:, 317-635-5252.


“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. 2-3 (continues through Feb. 18).

Cost: $10-$12.