May 11, 2012

IRT announces 2012/13 Season


The Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced its 2012-2013 One America Season

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, by Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sept. 5 - 30 
What is the nature of the beast that lives in all of us? This deliciously provocative re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic digs deep to answer the question. Smart, sexy and suspensful, Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation takes us from Victorian drawing rooms to the grim alleyways of London as it examines the inner workings of two very different personalities and the ties that bind them dangerously close.

The Going Solo Festival:
    The Night Watcher, by Charlayne Woodard
Sept. 18 - Oct. 14 
Family ties reach beyond blood in this moving, one-woman piece by acclaimed playwright Charlayne Woodard. Investigating the social and cultural challenges that come with raising kids, Woodard's tales of her "children" are transfixing and tragic. Millicent Wright returns to channel the voice of Woodard in the fourth of her autobiographical plays, continuing an IRT cycle from previous seasons that includes Pretty Fire and Neat.

    The Syringa Tree, by Pamela Gien
Sept. 19 - Oct.  13  
Out of the shadow of apartheid comes this joyous, personal tale of ties that cannot be broken. Elizabeth Grace is a young white girl growing up in South Africa in the sixties, making her way through a world losing its innocence. Along her journey she meets friends and strangers, black and white, young and old. Through her we see the complexities of the world they share-their dreams, struggles, and laughter-and their shared humanity.

The House That Jack Built, by James Still

Oct.  30 - Nov. 25 
The latest work from IRT Playwright-in-Resident James Still takes us to a rambling Thanksgiving get-together in Vermont where friendship and family are intertwined and memories of the past have a place at the table. It's a funny and affecting visit with three women, their significant others and their not insignificant desire to recapture what they once shared. A World Premiere.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24
Join Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of spirited ghosts in this timeless story of regret and redemption. The holidays aren’t complete until you’ve treated the family to a tradition that has spanned the decades-- A Christmas Carol at IRT, the season’s most heartfelt gift.

Jackie and Me, by Steven Dietz, adapted from the book by Dan Gutman
Jan. 11 - Feb. 16
A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him travelling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. This tale of an American icon leaves the history books and lands on stage in this brilliantly adapted play based on the young adult novel by Dan Gutman.

A Little Night Music, by Steven Sondheim
Jan. 23 - Feb. 17 
This season, one of Steven Sondheim's most beautiful works waltzes onto the IRT stage. It's a captivating tale of romance and loss that exquisitely reminds us: the best dance is done with a partner you love. Inspired by one of Ingmar Bergman's most enchanting films, this Tony Award Winner for Best Musical features the bittersweet classic, Send In The Clowns. Starring international vocalist Sylvia McNair (see photo above).

The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez
March 5 - 24 
As the Civil War comes to a bloody close, a Passover Seder in a shattered antebellum mansion reveals hidden truths about the nature of freedom and the frailty of family.  Everyone carries scars in this emotionally stirring period drama that binds three men whose world has changed forever. What comes next when the end of bondage brings uncertainty rather than liberty?  Find out in this impressive debut from playwright Matthew Lopez.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
April 10 - May 12 
Mistaken identities, love charms and magical encounters all run amok in Shakespeare's classic comedy set in an Athenian forest inhabited by sprites, fairies and a group of amorous couples who change partners at the drop of a spell. This exuberant tale of young lovers in the woods for a night of mischief is sure to please anyone who remembers the magic of true romance. What fools these mortals be!

About the IRT
The IRT celebrates its 41st season. Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.


Photos courtesy of the IRT

May 8, 2012

Guys and Dolls


The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre closes its first season in its new Carmel location with the classic musical Guys and Dolls. Men strut their stuff in zoot suits as they juggle their dames and crap games in this fun production.

Sky Masterson (Nathanael Welch), is a gambler set in his bachelor ways when his path crosses with Sarah, a beautiful woman set on saving sinners. Welch does a wonderful job playing the smooth-talking Sky. He really has a chance to show off his vocal skills in “Luck Be a Lady."


Laura Lockwood embodies the role of Miss Adelaide, the long-suffering fiancĂ© of Nathan Detroit (J.D. Walls). She steals the show with her hilarious and nasally renditions of “Take Back Your Mink” and “Adelaide’s Lament.”

Nicely-Nicely Johnson, played by Craig Underwood, lit the audience up with his performance of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” He plays the good-natured character with gusto and has wonderful buddy comedy chemistry with Benny (Troy Johnson).


The set, designed by Robert Koharchik, was one of the absolute highlights of the whole show. Buildings rise in whimsical curves and then it transforms in an instant to become the Hot Box night club, the mission office, the sewer tunnels or a Havana restaurant. Koharchik’s design made the transformations smooth and quick.

Guys and Dolls provides audiences with a playful musical about opposites attracting and it’s a great way to say goodbye to a wonderful season.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show closes May 12. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tarkington is located at 3 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032 at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $32 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting www.civictheatre.org

Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre