"I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Directed by Risa Brainin
Through Dec. 23
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda is a poignant story of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, when 800,000 people were murdered in 100 days.
Juliette is a young woman in her 20s taking refuge in London. Five years after her entire family was wiped out, she is writing a book about the genocide. Simon is an older man, a writer and poet, trying to regain his own self-worth. He takes a job helping refuges write out their experiences. Both characters help each other find new life, and the words to express it.
The script is an elegant work, mixing dialogue and direct address to the audience, giving insight into the now, as well as Juliette’s horrifying experiences in her past. While gentle humor comes through the differences between the two characters, actors Monét Butler and Henry Woronicz click in all the right ways to make this simple, two-person show dynamic. Their interactions are charming, in contrast with the gruesome realities that Juliette must somehow purge. Risa Brainin’s direction encourages subtleties but drives home the issues the play is centered on.
Hearing about the atrocities someone like Juliette lived through can be difficult, but, as she says, “So please when it is published I ask you to read it so that what happened can go a bit into your hearts and away from ours and so the people who were killed will not be forgotten.” This production will doubtless touch every heart that hears it.
Sonja Linden’s play was inspired by a true story.
I Have Before Me … continues through Dec. 23, select Wednesdays-Sundays, at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. Call 317-635-5252 or go to www.irtlive.com for tickets, which start at $34.
For something completely different
Directed by Dan Scharbrough
Through Dec. 3
On a much lighter note, Footlite Musicals is presenting a satisfying rendition of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes.
Nathanel Welch as leading man Billy shows versatility in his acting as well as a voice that can handle the songs with ease. “Delovely,” his duet with love interest Hope (Mikayla Reed), is quite nice.
Seasoned performer Marni Lemons, however, seemed off Friday night. Key musical numbers like “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Anything Goes” and “Let’s Misbehave” were lacking power, and she seemed almost breathless at times. (Perhaps she has the funk that’s been going around?)
Tom Beeler is awesomely funny as Moonface Martin and Joe Stafford is hilarious as flamboyantly English Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.
Direction (Dan Scharbrough) and choreography (Linda Reese) are top-notch.
Anything Goes continues through Dec. 3, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $17; $15 for students and senior citizens; $12 for children. Call Footlite, 1847 N. Alabama St., at 317-926-6630 or go to www.footlite.org.