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.
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.
new rock musical was originally produced at Bloomington
Playwrights Project, a risk-taking theater lab for new works.
ingénue Lisa Ermel
just finished a captivating run as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, now she shifts gears to show her musical
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.
Mountaintop at Indiana Repertory Theatre
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.
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.
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.
Slight Hitch at Theatre on the Square
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.
a spring or summer wedding? Watch this and then pray none of the mishaps occur
on your own perfect day.
Slight Hitch runs April 18 - May 10.