Up-and-Comers

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April is about to shower you with some sick talent by several of Indy's most promising up-and-coming performers, directors and creators. My April recommendations are all shows being performed for the first time in Indiana, so this month I am giving you a bullet-point rundown of why each of these shows is worthy of your consideration.

Middletown by NoExit Performance

Middletown runs April 5 − 19 at Indy Indie Artist Colony.

Middletown imbues the sometimes painfully mundane lives of its characters with lyricism and an existential perspective. - MICHAEL BURKE
  • Michael Burke
  • Middletown imbues the sometimes painfully mundane lives of its characters with lyricism and an existential perspective.

Spun at Phoenix Theatre

  • This new rock musical was originally produced at Bloomington Playwrights Project, a risk-taking theater lab for new works.
  • Budding ingénue Lisa Ermel just finished a captivating run as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, now she shifts gears to show her musical talents.
  • Spun's playwright Emily Goodson and composer/lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld will be premiering their next musical, Greta, at Bloomington Playwrights Project in May. If you dig Spun, consider this the perfect excuse for a Bloomington road trip.

Spun runs April 17 − May 11 at Phoenix Theatre.

The Mountaintop at Indiana Repertory Theatre

  • IRT's new Associate Artistic Director Courtney Sale helms this production about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final night alive. Just a couple months ago, Sale directed a similarly weighty, but well-received production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.
  • In 2009, The Mountaintop was produced in a theater above a pub in London, by 2011, the play opened on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Local actor David Alan Anderson returns to the IRT after performing the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Court Theatre last September.
  • During a time in which questions of civil rights and equality continue to linger, reflecting on one of our greatest civil rights leader's might not be a bad idea.

The Mountaintop runs April 1 - 27 on the IRT Upperstage.

One Slight Hitch at Theatre on the Square

  • A romantic farce written by comedian Lewis Black? The same sardonic comedian best known for his recurring segments on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Seems like an odd match, but count me in.
  • One Slight Hitch will mark Lori Raffel's Theatre on the Square directing debut while simultaneously taking the reigns as Director of Development at TOTS. Her directing credits include Phoenix Theatre and Carmel Community Players.
  • Planning a spring or summer wedding? Watch this and then pray none of the mishaps occur on your own perfect day.

One Slight Hitch runs April 18 - May 10.

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