"When I sat down to write this, I could not call to mind the greatest shows of the year. After going through my reviews, I did come across a few shows that made me say, “Oh, yeah, that was really good,” but obviously there was not that much staying power associated with them.
Where have all the Bat Boys gone?
While Spamalot in May was nothing less than revelatory, it was part of the giant touring offerings from Broadway Across America-Indianapolis. Locally, what generated the most buzz was Southern Baptist Sissies at Theatre on the Square in June, but it was a re-run.
Otherwise, reviews that jogged my memory include Gem of the Ocean at the Indiana Repertory Theatre (January), Pterodactyls by Nora’s Basement Productions at TOTS (February), Twelfth Night at the IRT (February), Icarus at the Alley Theatre (March), Miss Witherspoon at the Phoenix Theatre (April), The Full Monty at the American Cabaret Theatre (April), And Her Hair Went With Her at the Phoenix Theatre (April), Reefer Madness: The Musical at TOTS (April), Wizard of Oz at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (May), The Little Dog Laughed at the Phoenix Theatre (June), Recent Tragic Events by HuddleBerg Productions at the Old Centrum (July), Ruthless at Epilogue Players (September) and Hamlet at the IRT (September).
Have any “I remember that now” moments?
While all these shows were above average, and even great in some cases, the fact that they just dissipated after their run means that I can’t say this was the year of anything in particular. Let’s hope for a more memorable 2008.