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‘The Great Comet’ Boldly Bursts Onto Stage At IU

November 5, 2022

I regret that it took me so long to finally experience the explosion of talent and creativity I witnessed at Indiana University in Bloomington Thursday when I saw the Indiana premiere of “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” Presented by the IU Department... read more

‘Violet’ Is Abundant With Vivid Performances

October 31, 2022

Seeing multiple productions of shows is not unusual in my line of work. In 2019, I saw an excellent production of the musical “Violet.”  It was presented by Eclipse, the Summer Stock Stage emerging artist program.  So, when I saw “Violet” presented by the Actors... read more

Director Richard J. Roberts At Helm of ATI’s ‘Violet’

October 27, 2022

Whenever I have the opportunity to mention how I became a reviewer, I always credit Richard J. Roberts, who is the dramaturg at Indiana Repertory Theatre. When I first met Roberts in 1991, we were both members of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. At the time,... read more

‘Anastasia’ Transports and Uplifts in Splendor

October 20, 2022

A student of Russian history, I have always been fascinated with the brutal and shocking murder of Czar Nicholas Romanov II, his wife, and their five children by Bolshevik revolutionaries in July of 1918. I am also a fan of the 1997 20th Century Fox... read more

‘The Chinese Lady’ Unveils Dark History of Anti-Asian Sentiment

October 18, 2022

The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Upperstage, offering a warm intimacy within its three-sided seating confines, is one of my favorite Indy venues and the ideal space for its presentation of Greenwood native Lloyd Suh’s compelling play, “The Chinese Lady.” I attended the show’s Friday night opening... read more

Trailblazing Actor Veronica Stern Stars in ‘Anastasia’

October 14, 2022

From the Tony Award-winning creators of “Ragtime” and inspired by a film of the same title is “Anastasia,” a Broadway musical coming to the Murat at Old National Centre, Oct. 18-23. On a North American tour, the production is presented by Broadway in Indianapolis. Called... read more