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‘Baggy Pants Burlesque’ at Beef & Boards

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"Baggy Pants Burlesque" at Beef & Boards

"Baggy Pants Burlesque" at Beef & Boards. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque opens on Dec. 28, 2011 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, for just ten performances through Jan. 8, 2012.

This is a fun and flirty new show that takes audiences back to the best of playful Vaudeville entertainment, starring stars Beef & Boards funny men Doug Stark and Jeff Stockberger, along with Milo himself. All tickets are $49 (the $75 New Year’s Eve performance is sold out). Tickets include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee, tea and lemonade. Parking is free.

While Beef & Boards is giving the production a PG-13 rating, and Milo agrees it’s “definitely not for little kids,” the show harkens back to original burlesque fun.

“Burlesque became an offshoot of Vaudeville, and they decided to go a little more racy with it,” Milo said. “People have expectations of a strip show, and it isn’t that. It’s basically comedy sketches and musical numbers. There’s a lot of double entendres and off-color jokes. It’s all innuendo. We don’t say cuss words; we don’t do any of that.”

Rather, he describes the show as “fun, fast and furious.”

“People should expect to laugh their butts off,” Milo said of his show. “They should expect old-time burlesque.”

For more information, visit, or call 317-872-9664.

“Radio Golf” at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 10-29

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Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indiana Repertory Theatre. staff photo.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of the Indiana Repertory Theatre

The Indiana Repertory Theatre will ring in the New Year with a powerful, provocative and funny production of August Wilson’s play Radio Golf. In this play, a successful and idealistic entrepreneur aspires to become a city’s first black mayor. But while looking ahead to his and the city’s future, he is forced to reckon with the price of progress and to find balance between ambition and honor of those before him when he decides to redevelop a historic African-American neighborhood.

Radio Golf is the final chapter in August Wilson’s unprecedented 10-play cycle chronicling African-American life in the 20th century. Like all of Wilson’s plays, Radio Golf provides a thoughtful examination of the African-American experience at a certain time in history. Radio Golf is a startling play; it turns hilarious and profane, and provides a sober reflection on the role of African-Americans in modern America. Radio Golf won the 2007 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

The Crew

Directed by | LOU BELLAMY
Scenic Designer | VICKI SMITH
Costume Designer | KAREN PERRY
Lighting Designer | DON DARNUTZER

The Cast

JAMES CRAVEN – Harmond Wilks
ABDUL SALAAM EL RAZZAC – Elder Joseph Barlow
AUSTENE VAN – Mame Wilks
TERRY BELLAMY – Sterling Johnson

Show times are scheduled for Jan. 10-29, 2012, and vary by performance date. Opening Night is Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm. For a complete list of show times, see, or call 317-635-5252.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Baise Communications.