The Indiana Repertory Theatre has brought back the Going Solo Festival for a second year. The festival consists of three separate one-man shows, each about 2 hours, with an intermission, and focusing on wildly differing topics. The three shows are all offered simultaneously on the IRT’s upperstage, where the set is designed with a versatile sweeping wooden floor to accommodate the trio of plays.
Milicent Wright stars in Neat, the sequel to last year’s Pretty Fire. The show, written by Charlayne Woodard, explores the playwright’s adolescence in the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. The title character, Neat, is Woodard’s aunt who was left mentally stunted after an accident when she was an infant. Wright plays both women with delight. Her exuberance for the roles makes the characters come alive.
The play looks at the huge impact Neat had on Woodard’s life. With her childlike innocence, Neat inspires her to explore her heritage and appreciate the world around her. There are a wide variety of stories with the show; including everything from first crushes to racism, from teenager’s changing bodies to high school riots. Some are sweet, some funny and some heartbreaking, but all are told with a frank honesty.
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