The Mountaintop at Indiana Repertory Theatre 

****1/2
click to enlarge David Alan Anderson and Tracey Bonner in The Mountaintop at Indiana Repertory Theatre. - ZACH ROSING
  • David Alan Anderson and Tracey Bonner in The Mountaintop at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
  • Zach Rosing

David Alan Anderson and Tracey N. Bonner take Indiana Repertory Theatre audiences to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s figurative mountaintop in an intense two-hander. Katori Hall's script is an unexpected exploration of King's life and legacy that invites audiences to glimpse an imagined fraction of time lost to history.

Set on the eve of his assassination at the Lorraine Motel, King (Anderson) encounters a spirited maid (Bonner) who challenges our notions of the civil rights leader. The duo has a powerful and believable chemistry that carries the story through each twist.

The production beautifully unpacks the humanity of a man elevated to sainthood. Director Courtney Sale creates heartbreaking moments of clarity that allow space to interpret King as both sinner and saint.

What's left is a call to action that echoes King's great orations, which still resonate today. Yet the play about a preacher refrains from being preachy as it reflects on where we have come and where we are going together.

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