One of the greatest sources of this script’s enduring power is the same thing that makes it ripe for great performance—the depth of characterization that Frederick Knott brings to the proceedings. We learn a great deal about these characters in deep conversations they share about how their pasts affect their present moments: past misdeeds, past discoveries, past longings. The backstories of the characters seem to have brought them, inexorably, inevitably, to their fateful actions. And unlike today’s movie and TV thrillers, it almost all happens with language. Save one brief action sequence, the suspense is meted out in words, in the cascading power of language to persuade, to confuse, to implicate, to elicit doubt and fear. This makes for perfect stagecraft and delicious work for actors.
As we draw IRT’s 45th season to an end, we thank all of you who have been with us on the journey—a journey bringing this institution from birth into its true adulthood; a journey through many seasons of variety in playmaking; a journey through this season, from The Three Musketeers through Finding Home: Indiana at 200 to Dial “M” for Murder and many others in between. We promise you a world of human experiences packed into each season, and look forward to sharing the 46th with you!