"Three and a half stars
Spotlight Players; directed by Julie Dutcher
I’m partial to World War II resistance stories about what makes ordinary people act heroically, but I worried early on in Lillian Garrett-Groag’s The White Rose that it had too much gloss and not enough grit to add anything meaningful to the genre. Five German college students become freedom fighters almost on a whim, when one of them brings home a mimeograph machine. Much to their peril, they write and distribute fliers opposing the Nazi regime. When they are caught, it’s a case of good cop/bad cop: Merciless Nazi wants their heads (literally), while goodhearted police officer fights to get them off. However, one of them starts playing from a different script, which redeems the play if not his character. The community cast is led by the enjoyable Dan Flahive as the hand-wringing Officer Mohr and features one player, who was either breaking character or giving broad hints to the trick ending. Overall, I’m glad that I did the sleuthing it takes to find Spotlight’s impressive little basement black box, which is ingeniously hidden behind the back, unmarked door of a Beech Grove church. Through Oct. 21; 317-9767-2774.