IRT season to include 'Red,' 'Good People' and Shakespeare

March 24, 2014
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The 2014/15 season for the Indiana Repertory Theatre kicks off in September with "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Shakespeare's comedy may be familiar to some thanks to its production a few summers back by Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre.

Less familiar to others may be "Red," John Logan's compelling look at artist Mark Rothko. The play offers a showcase role for the actor picked for the lead and gives the IRT designers a set of fascinating challenges.

After the return of "A Christmas Carol," the IRT has also selected a hot recent play, David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," about a single mother at the end of her rope who squares off against a more successful former classmate. This time, the juciest role goes to the female lead.

School groups should be thrilled about the return of the stage adaptation of "The Giver" and a new production of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." A recent hit at Alliance Theatre in Altanta, Pearl Cleage's "What I Learned in Paris," looks at race, class and gender set in in 1973, when Atlanta elected its first African-American mayor. I'm already anticipating the hair and costume work.

The season ends with Ernest Thompson's theatrical chestnut "On Golden Pond."

Your thoughts? 

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  • Red & Good People are nice; the rest is boring
    I really wishe we would see IRT push the envelope a bit more, but fairly conservative seems to be the artistic norm there. Not sure why you think Red will give set designers a challenge. I've seen it twice (NYC and DC) and it is basically an artist's studio for the set. Very easy to do.
  • Uninteresting
    I returned to the IRT for the first time in years when they finally staged something resaonably new and relevant ("Other Desert Cities"). Most of next season looks like the uninteresting stuff they usually do, but it must suit their subscription base, since the audience at "Other Desert Cities" was pretty small.
  • Looking forward to IRT's Next Season
    I'm glad to see the season posted so I can plan ahead. Our family loves the IRT - there's always something for everyone in our family to enjoy. I'm glad to see shows my daughter, 11, can enjoy; shows my girlfriends and I can see on Girls Night Out; date night and of course, our family tradition of seeing A Christmas Carol. I applaud the IRT for the incredible work they do; the talented artists and design teams they employ, and for being such a "world-class act."
  • where is more about "streetcar"?
    you mentioned in your 3/20 blog that you would have more about "Streetcar" in the 3/24 ibj but I haven't seen anything

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