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July 17, 2014

Crossroads Rep offers a different show each night

Patrons still have time to see all four shows in this summer’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre season at Indiana State University. During the final two weeks of the season, a different play is presented each evening, with a Sunday matinee.

“Patrons really find it fascinating to see the set completely transformed from night to night,” said artistic director Arthur Feinsod. “They also enjoy seeing some of the same actors take on new roles from show to show.”

The season includes “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Robert.

This show is the second-longest-running Off-Broadway musical in history and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical in 1997. It is a series of vignettes connected by a theme of love and relationships, with six actors playing multiple roles. It is offered tonight as well as July 25 and 26.

The family musical is “The Untold Story of Little John: A Musical Sidekick Sequel to Robin Hood,” with book and lyrics by Rachelle Martin Wilburn and music composed by local composer/performer Travis Dillon. Both are Indiana State alums of the Theater Department. In the musical, Little John is sent by Robin Hood to help a village plagued by a robber in black. If he can catch the man, Little John will become a knight. Two more performances are available: Sunday and Wednesday.

A third play is “Coming to See Aunt Sophie,” written by Feinsod. The drama is based on the life of Jan Karski, a Polish courier during World War II who tried to stop the Holocaust, using the words of this play’s title as his secret code to make his way through Nazi-occupied Europe to England, and then the United States. The moving play will be performed on Saturday and Tuesday.

The popular comedy, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, follows the exploits of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” who now find themselves wandering through an existential void, looking for bearings, certainty and identity, in a world that has abandoned them to their own comic antics and ponderings. It is an excellent choice for both fans of Shakespeare and those not familiar with his work. Performances are scheduled for Friday and July 24.

The ticket office opens each day at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 each for plays and the family musical, and $20 each for the musical. Children’s tickets are available for $10 for the family musical only. Indiana State students get free admission, while faculty and staff get reduced-price tickets. Call 812-237-3333 for additional information.

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