April 21, 2015

The Speckled Band

A mysterious murder presented in the round is the latest offering from the EclecticPond Theatre Company. Sherlock Holmes is back in The Speckled Band in Irvington. With a limited set and six-person cast, the show builds suspense quickly with a locked-room murder and a dangerous villain.

Kelly Gualdoni is particularly good as Enid Stonor, a strong young woman willing to stand her ground even after her twin sister is murdered. She plays Enid as intelligent even in the midst of her fear. Her menacing uncle, played by Dan Flahive, controls her every move and most days he can barely keep his temper in check.

Bradford Reilly plays the infamous Sherlock Holmes. He struggled with his lines at times, but he’s well suited for the role. He embraced the presumptive air of the brilliant detective and never slowed down to let his well-meaning sidekick catch up with his thought process. Ryan Maloney makes a very young Dr. Watson, but was a calm balance to Holmes’ impatience.

Occasionally theatre companies present Sherlock and forget a key ingredient, a sense of humor. EclecticPond’s production does an excellent job combining suspense and humor in the show. The cast embraces the slapstick elements as a revolving door of characters make their way through each scene. Matt Anderson and Pat Mullen took on half a dozen roles throughout the show. By tossing on a wig or turban, the two actors fleshed out the supporting cast all by themselves.

In addition to the final performances of The Speckled Band, EclecticPond is hosting a birthday celebration for the Bard on Saturday, April 25. They will be announcing their new season at the party. Still to come this year is Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard” in June.

Don’t miss the show
Performances run until April 25. Tickets are $19. Performances are held at the Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 North Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219. For more information, a complete schedule of the shows or to purchase tickets, visit ETC’s site here

Photos Courtesy of the EclecticPond Theatre Company

April 19, 2015

On Golden Pond and the IRT 2015/16 Season Announcement

On Golden Pond is the quiet story of an elderly couple who return to their lake house in Maine to relax for the summer. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is closing its 43rd season with a subtle exploration of the family dynamics between three very different generations. 

The play has a sweet, slow rhythm. It's in no hurry to introduce the audience to all the characters or even the main heart of the play. Those who have seen the Oscar-winning movie will recognize all the characters: the cantankerous Norman, about to celebrate his 80th birthday, his patient wife Ethel, and his daughter Chelsea who keeps her distance because of bitter childhood memories. Then there's Chelsea’s boyfriend, a polite dentist and his feisty 13-year-old son who might just be exactly what Norman needs.
The set was excellent, with high-arching beams and the view of a lake stretching out in the distance through the windows. Robert M. Koharchik’s beautiful design has a rustic charm and looks comfortable. It really feels like a home that's held the couple for so many decades of summers. The lighting and sound also played important parts in this show. From the soft rays of morning light to the last hint of twilight, Betsy Cooprider-Bernstein’s lighting design takes us through each day. Sound Designer Richard K. Thomas provides the soundtrack of chirping birds, crickets, and of course the loons, which make the Maine wilderness come alive.

The play is geared towards a mature audience, one that’s experienced life and is looking back on past regrets and sweet memories. Not everyone will love the sedate pace, but it's a touching way to end the season and the IRT has given us much to look forward to in the next season. 

Don't Miss the Show 

The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois St. and southbound Capitol Ave. "On Golden Pond" runs until May 10 on IRT's OneAmerica Mainstage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252. To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com

The Great Gatsby
Adapted by: Simon Levy OneAmerica Mainstage
September 30 – October 25
The IRT will open its 44th season with a theatrical adaptation of what some consider the Greatest American Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Opulent parties, romantic affairs, jealousy and murder come to life in this powerful and vivid tale of American bravado, lost love and war recovery in the Roaring Twenties. The Great Gatsby is an eloquent evocation of a bygone era that deeply resonates with our world today.

April 4, 1968
By James Still – IRT Upperstage
October 20 – November 15
IRT’s playwright-in-residence shares an intimate look at one Indianapolis family and their personal experience surrounding the events of April 4, 1968, which include Bobby Kennedy’s history-making speech on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. This play is inspired by true stories gathered during four years of community conversations.

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Tom Haas – OneAmerica Mainstage
November 14 – December 26
Indy’s favorite holiday tradition comes to life again for its 25th year on the OneAmerica Mainstage. A Christmas Carol celebrates the universal story of redemption as literature’s most infamous “Scrooge” learns to love after a walk through Christmas past, present and future.

Peter Rabbit and Me

Adapted by Aurand Harris from the tales of Beatrix Potter – The Cabaret
November 21 – December 20
In the delightfully joyous Peter Rabbit and Me, 13-year-old Beatrix Potter creates her own exciting world as she invents such beloved characters as Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail and their playful adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden.  This children’s classic is filled with humor, surprise, colorful characters and the magic of children’s theatre.

The Mystery of Irma Vep
By Charles Ludlam – IRT Upperstage
January 12-February 14
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a hilarious mash-up of chilling Gothic horror story and passionate Victorian bodice-ripper. Two actors play a mysterious archeologist, a flighty new bride, a saucy housekeeper, a loveable werewolf and an Egyptian mummy, in a dizzying quick-change marathon. You’ll be howling at the moon—with laughter.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Adapted by Christopher Sergel – OneAmerica Mainstage
January 29 – February 28
Adapted from Harper Lee’s groundbreaking novel, To Kill a Mockingbird shares the story of how two siblings, Scout and Jem Finch, and their father, Atticus, changed the way many American’s perceived race and prejudice in the country. Coming of age in a small Depression-era community in the mid-30’s, the Finch siblings learn about social injustice as their lawyer father defends a man wrongly accused of a heinous crime.   Emotions run high, relationships are strained and heartache spreads as innocents are sacrificed and children learn about the realities of a racially divided world.

By August Wilson – One America Mainstage
March 9 – April 3
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Fences is the most widely acclaimed play from August Wilson’s towering 20th Century Cycle. A former Negro League baseball player, thwarted in his dreams of a Major League career, struggles to provide for his family and break free from the boundaries imposed upon him. Set in 1957, at the intersection of old prejudices and changing opportunities, Fences is a powerful drama filled with passionate love and thundering rage, generous laughter and searing pain.

Bridge and Tunnel
By Sarah Jones – IRT Upperstage
March 29—May 1
 An open-mic poetry night becomes a celebration of American diversity in the Tony Award– winning Bridge and Tunnel. One woman plays more than a dozen characters of both sexes, many races, and all ages, as life stories are shared and dreams are dared. Funny, poignant, and full of hope, this loving look at the differences that bring us together will expand horizons, touch hearts and lift spirits.

The Mousetrap
By Agatha Christie – OneAmerica Mainstage
April 26 – May 22
The IRT closes its 2015-2016 season with the thriller of all thrillers! The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running stage play, celebrating its 64th birthday in 2016. It is the classic Agatha Christie mystery thriller, with a houseful of strangers trapped by a blizzard and stalked by an unknown murderer. Part drawing room comedy and part murder mystery, this timeless chiller is a double-barreled whodunit full of twists and surprises.

 **Seated subscriptions are now on sale. Subscriptions range from $136-$349 and include: same preferred seats for every show, unlimited performance rescheduling, discounted subscriber rate when purchasing additional single tickets (including A Christmas Carol & To Kill A Mockingbird), valet pre-pay and parking discounts, as well as benefits at the IRT Gift Shop and Stage Door Pass restaurant partners. To purchase your subscriptions, contact the ticket office at 317-635-5252. Questions regarding packages and subscriptions can be directed to Cat Cardwell, Subscription & Group Sales Manager at 317-916-4836.

Single tickets go on sale in August. All performances are at the Indiana Repertory Theatre building located at 140 W. Washington Street in Downtown Indianapolis. All performances and schedules are subject to change.

For more information contact Carolyne Holcomb, Marketing Communications Manager at cholcomb@irtlive.com or 317-916-4824.

*Photos courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre