The Giver at Indiana Repertory Theatre, through Nov. 21 

Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage

Directed by Richard J. Roberts

In Jonas' world, there is no war, no pain, no sadness. The Community provides all. But Jonas will soon become a "Twelve" and be assigned a job. Will he like it? In this adaptation of the Newberry-Award-winning novel by Lois Lowry, adapted by Eric Coble, director Roberts brings us a featureless, gray world inhabited by perpetually happy people who nevertheless can't express love, because "love" isn't precise. Jonas, named the next Receiver of Memory, is apprenticed to the current Receiver, who thus becomes the eponymous Giver. Dignified yet vulnerable, Fred Marshall's Giver imparts to Jonas experiences from humanity's past. The cast brings these images to life creatively, using their own bodies and an array of fascinating props. The turntable set enables quick transitions from the dull Community to the colorful Giver's study. Well-acted and thoughtful, The Giver will entertain parents and children alike, and offer a context for talking about individuality and social responsibility. Through November 21.

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