Actors Repertory Theatre; White River State Park, Aug. 6-8; directed by Michael
Shelton. All works by William Shakespeare were not created equal. Some, like The
Two Gentlemen of Verona, can come off as deeply complicated or merely confused, depending
on the degree of reverence one brings to the Bard. Director Michael Shelton
seems to play the text pretty much as it lays from scene to scene, which
renders this production neither funny enough nor dark enough to sustain its
nearly three hour (with intermission) running time.
said, HART's annual Shakespeare production in White River State Park makes
wonderful use of the park's commodious yet remarkably intimate amphitheater.
Saturday night's performance was well-attended, indicating that the makings are
here for the emergence of a new Indianapolis tradition. This is the kind of
program the city should embrace with both arms, finding the funding to enable
HART to produce not just a single play, but a summer season.
would not only generate sorely needed pedestrian traffic along the
underutilized downtown canal, it would also enable HART to turn its
considerable collective ability into a truly formidable force. Taking potential
like this in hand is why some cities create departments of cultural affairs.