farce-headshotMy name is Ken Klingenmeier. I am retired and whenever I can I work as an actor in stage shows, commercials and films. I have directed and acted in the busy Indianapolis theatre community for the past 25 years.

In June of 2010, with an impending season of no directing gigs and nothing on the horizon acting-wise, I decided to try my hand at a reviewer’s blog. I hoped to give opinions and helpful commentary not only on theater events, but also the wider world as I perceive it.

What started out as a way to fill in my time away from acting and directing has become a large part of my life. Invitations to see and review shows have replaced invites to audition and although I will be turning 71 in October, I still do a few acting assignments (I have “retired” from directing as of Spring 2015). I do see now that the future of my main theatre involvement lies mainly in reviewing. This suits me just fine!

I try to write honest, insightful and interesting commentaries on shows in central Indiana and I hope that if I note a fault in a show – I can include a suggestion on how to perhaps correct it.

If you wish to request that I come see your show – drop me a line at kendonnak@yahoo.com

Ken Klingenmeier – updated 6/30/19

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hope Baugh
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 01:04:02

    Yay! Oh, Ken, this is great news! Congratulations and good luck and YAY!


  2. Kelly Young
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 23:04:53

    Hi Ken: Any interest on being on the media list for IRT and TOTS? We’d love to save you a seat on the aisle. If interested, please email me: kelly@baisecommunications.com.


  3. Paul Strain
    Feb 03, 2015 @ 10:47:58

    I’ve long enjoyed reading your blog. Your commentary is insightful and constructive without delving into being mean-spirited.
    I’d love to save you a seat on the isle for the last show of Danville Light Opera’s 60th season, Big Fish. We’re really looking forward to bringing this relatively new musical to life and I’d love to bring you along for the ride on April 25th or 26th.


    • seatontheaisle
      Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:58:51

      Thanks for the compliment, Paul. I try to keep pretty much to the indy area for my reviewing. At first I thought you were with a group in Danville IN that I hadn’t heard of. Good luck with your show. I hope you have a great run !


  4. Tracey Rollison
    Mar 15, 2017 @ 13:04:51

    I send kids here to read about how good critics perceive performances.

    I’d also love to give you a front-row seat to the opening night of Les Mis, coming downtown in April, and introduce you to a new form of youth theatre that approaches professionals in quality. 70 cream-of-the-crop kids 8-18 from auditions of over 100, from 10 counties, with live professional orchestra and Broadway-designed tech, but ticket prices within reach of most. Contact me at traceyrollison at gmail.com and you’ll be right up front.


  5. Alan Phipps
    Apr 18, 2018 @ 20:55:58

    Mr. Klingenmeier

    The group which brought you Les Miz last spring is starting a run of Pirates of Penzance this weekend.

    I think you will find this show every bit as enjoyable. It is at McGown hall again, with the first performance on Friday night. Two weekends this year!!!

    I hope you can make it — agapeshows.org to get tickets.


  6. Jeremy Roehm
    Jun 15, 2018 @ 01:55:46

    Hello, I would like to extend an invitation to The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre’s production of Jekyll and Hyde which opens at 7:00 PM today, June 15, at Danville High School. Additional shows will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 17, and 7:00 PM on June 22, and 23.

    Additional information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TheBizAcademyOfMusicalTheatre/

    Please let me know if you have any questions. We’d love to have you at one of our shows. Thanks!


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