Actors Theatre of Indiana gifts a tour de force production with actors Adam Lasalle and David Corlew ‘killing it’ in “Murder for Two.” They sing, they dance, they play the grand piano, they befuddle and deftly unravel the tangled testimonial yarns.
Also making his ATI debut is Tony Clements, directing with a deft hand, while leaving the technical aspects of demanding spot-on scenic design/technical direction, costume design and light design in the hands of ATI regulars, respectively to: P. Bernard Killian, Donna Jacobi and Quinten James. A shout out too for production assistant Abigail Tomlin, props designer Amanda Pagan-Pechora and audio engineer Zach Rosing.
Along with everyone else in the full-house audience on Feb. 3, I am grateful for whatever possessed Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair to create this work. Winner of the Joseph Jefferson “Best New Musical” for the ‘record-breaking run’ at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, “Murder for Two” also gained two off-Broadway outstanding nominations and two for their Broadway run.
Don Farrell, co-founder of ATI, mentioned to me the play’s been considered since its 2011 debut, and now finally, we have it. Aside from telling you this is a production not be missed, I’m revealing nothing more. You have to witness the unfolding mayhem on your own. Leave your worries in the parking garage, get a snack and a libation, settle in the comfy seat and let the laughs roll.
Be forewarned —for some 90 minutes, stay focused on the stage. Look away and you’ve lost one of David Corlew’s segues to and from one of his dozen characters—each distinctive and by play’s end each fully rounded; and if you blink you’ve blocked out an Adam Lasalle facial expression to die for—oops.
Just show up. Tickets at 317-843-3800 or visit atistage.org
Video credits - Medium Cool Pictures - Philip Paluso
Next up for ATI:
Feb. 4, at Studio Theater, reading of a new play “Riatler” by Lindsay Adams; 317-843-380
Feb. 21 & 22, semi-staged production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, at the Palladium. Call 317-843-3800; visit carmelsymphony.org