Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis Opera hires Stolen to help assess future

August 9, 2014
Lou Harry
Steven Stolen, a former managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, will work as an independent contractor for 25-30 hours per week until the target Oct. 1 completion of the evaluation.
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LOU'S VIEWS: No mystery why IRT closes season with whodunit

May 3, 2014
Lou Harry
Sure-footed and with no real desire to explore new territory, Ken Ludwig's 'The Game's Afoot,' grafts a fictional mystery onto a real-life actor.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pulpit fiction

April 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Three spring theater productions address the ecclesiastical. Thoughts on "The Mountaintop," "The Christians," and "Anything Goes."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dramatically different plays

March 22, 2014
The IRT's "Other Dessert Cities" and Acting Up's "A Streetcar Named Desire" demonstrate how casting choices influence a play's impact.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT triple play shows gentle side of Vonnegut

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Before he was a literary icon, Vonnegut was a struggling writer finding his voice through short stories. Three are woven together into the play "Who Am I This Time?"
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LOU'S VIEWS: 50 years, 50 shows

January 4, 2014
Lou Harry
Broadway's "Ragtime," Butler's "Lamentations," and two Icemen among half a century of theater-going highlights
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indiana Repertory Theatre finds what's crucial in 'The Crucible'

September 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Plus season openering reviews for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Phoenix and NoExit's "Big Bad Wolf."
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Dramatic rehiring as IRT fills Stolen spot

May 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Suzanne Sweeney has decided to stay at the Indiana Repertory Theatre as managing director, a few days before she was supposed to start a new job at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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IRT's Stolen to exit in swell of arts group departures

May 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Managing Director Steven Stolen will leave the repertory theater for a position with Rocketship Education. Other local performing arts executives stepping down are John Pickett of the Indianapolis Opera and Kirk Trevor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Going back for seconds … or more

April 18, 2013
Lou Harry
The IRT's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the Phoenix' "Clybourne Park" offer pleasures whether you are seeing these plays for the first or fifth time.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A critical mass of theater critics descend on Indy

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
A pack of conferencing critics had their eyes opened to Indy’s arts pleasures. In turn, they opened my eyes to some things I shouldn’t take for granted.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Team playing from ensemble highlights IRT's 'Night Music'

February 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Opera star Sylvia McNair offers subtle take on "Send in the Clowns."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hoosier writers' novels transcend novelty

January 19, 2013
Lou Harry
Recently, I dug into the books of three Indiana writers who beat the odds.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2012 A&E favorites

December 28, 2012
Lou Harry
With so much to choose from, it's impossible to say what was best. Instead, here are some of my favorites of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Three long-running holiday shows offer degrees of variation

December 8, 2012
Lou Harry
Tradition, by definition, involves familiarity. And three of the top Indy on-stage holiday offerings embrace tradition in their own way.
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HETRICK: Moving on and starting over in life, art and politics

November 10, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
From election night to the IRT stage, lessons abound.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Both sides now

September 15, 2012
Lou Harry
A trio of Indy theater productions looks at the good in the bad and the bad in the good
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Performing arts groups rethink marketing subscriptionsRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The decline in season ticket sales has forced marketing managers to promote each show individually, which is trickier and more costly.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Early Noel Coward play suddenly back in vogue

March 31, 2012
Lou Harry
"Fallen Angels” concerns a pair of London gal pals who have in common marriages in need of spark and a past hot-and-heavy relationship with the same man.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Parents behave badly in 'God of Carnage'

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Politics aren’t discussed much in Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (at the IRT through March 24). But after watching a performance, you might find yourself wondering how global superpowers—let alone political parties or religious groups—can possibly get along when the play’s two seemingly civilized couples can’t even have an 85-minute discussion without leaving emotional shrapnel everywhere.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City stages home to a trio of theatrical winners

January 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Radio Golf," the Phoenix's “Current Economic Conditions,” and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rely on character-driven shows.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best in shows for 2011

December 24, 2011
Lou Harry
Highlights included the ISO's Opening Night Gala, Civic's "Drowsy Chaperone," and the opening of the Miller House.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Blood, spoof and fears

November 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana and newcomer Acting Up mix it up.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urbanski renewal for Indianapolis Symphony

September 24, 2011
Lou Harry
A new maestro sparks the ISO, plus thoughts on Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Dracula" and Beef &Boards' "Singin' in the Rain."
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A&E SEASON PREVIEW: Clutch hitters guarantee a good timeRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Lou Harry
Introducing a subjective short-list of Indy’s clutch-hitting actors, all of whom have created magic in the past and will be seen on local stages this season. (with videos)
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