March 12, 2009
The Ladies Man
Audiences often go to the theater expecting dour, deep plots that challenge their thinking. Though thought provoking, the shows can sometimes be exhausting. Sometimes it's great to see a show like "The Ladies Man." It's refreshing to laugh at frivolous misunderstandings.
With its current mainstage production, the Indiana Repertory Theatre has reminded audiences that it is not only OK to laugh while at the theater, it's encouraged!
With slamming doors and swirling skirts the characters fly through each scene compounding the confusion with each jumbled explanation.
Dr. Molineaux is exasperated as his young wife and her mother try to pin him down on the details of his night of indiscretions. His friend and former patient Bassinet, a happy-go-lucky fellow, appears at the doctor's home and unknowingly forces the situation to come to a boil.
The Prussian soldier, played by Mark Mineart, is enormous, both in size and sense of humor. Using his own unique phrasing, he is the "scene stealing" with his thick accent.
Throughout the French farce Spinning beds appear from nowhere; lisps and accents muddle the scenes even more, intentionally, of course. The real questions is, with all of these Moulin Rouge conundrums CAN CAN they straighten it all out before the curtain falls?
Don't Miss the Show
Performances: The show runs until Sunday, March 22 on IRT's Mainstage. Times for performances can be found at www.irtlive.com or by calling the IRT box office at (317) 635-5252.
Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 635-5252 or order online at www.irtlive.com Prices begin at $29 and discount tickets are available for students and children.
The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, one-half block west of the Circle Center Mall between northbound Illinois Street and southbound Capitol Avenue.
*Photo Courtesy of Julie Curry Photography