Theatre Review: “Guapa” at the Phoenix

My first show of 2013 was the opening performance of the rolling world premiere of “Guapa” by Caridad Svich at the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

“Rolling world premiere” means that three theatres in the National New Play Network are producing this play within a few months of each other, in one coordinated effort.  I know from sitting in on the NNPN’s annual conference when it was held here in Indy a few years ago that the artistic directors for these theatres are picky, passionate people, so when they select a new play to produce out of the many that they have considered, I’m always interested in sharing the risk by seeing it.

I’m glad I saw “Guapa.”  I had a variety of responses to it, some of which bloomed within me in a sort of timed-release way (hah!) and I’m going to write about them below without worrying about spoilers.  So should you see this show?  Of course you should! Go see it and let it speak to you in its own way.  Don’t dawdle, though. It runs only two more weekends and the final two performances are in Spanish.

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Theatre Review: NNPN – “Rabbit Hole” in Denver at the Curious

“Through the Rabbit Hole” - photo by Eric Chan

Reviews of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “Enchanted April” are in the pipe, but first I would like to expand the scope of my blog a teeny bit and start a new category: National New Play Network reviews.

The inaugural review (see below) will be of the Curious Theatre Company’s presentation of “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire, in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, January 24, 2009.   I loved both the script and the Curious’ very professional production of it.  As my friend, Connie, says, it was a profound experience.

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