To finish his week-long residency at IUPUI, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Tim Hardy presented this one-man show, a gently passing hour contemplating what it means to be a man of science in a devout world. The parallels between 1609 Italy and 2009 America cannot be missed. When Galileo proved Copernicus' theory that the earth and not the sun is the center of the universe, he faced not angry school boards and politicians, but the powerful Roman Catholic Church. Written by Nic Young, whose BBC credits include several historical documentaries and teleplays, Galileo
is on a fence between historical re-enactment and drama. It gives much time to explaining Galileo's science and his place in history, and still creates a touching, often humorous, portrait of a man. Young's Galileo sees the mind of God in the stars, is afraid of torture and is ashamed of that fear. Hardy is no mere re-enactor. Behind his eyes stir the mysteries of a brilliant fool, so caught up in the excitement of discovery and his own arrogance that he is blind to real world dangers. Throughout, he is a genuine blend of defiance and defeat.