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Review: The Night Watcher at IRT

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Milicent Wright as Charlayne in The Night Watcher. - SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVE RUARK
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  • Milicent Wright as Charlayne in The Night Watcher.

Charlayne Woodard's work has been a staple of Indiana Repertory Theatre's Going Solo lineup, with Milicent Wright slipping into Woodard's one-woman shows like a favorite pair of pajamas. But while it may be comfortable for the IRT to produce a tried and true character with an unquestionably talented actor, its important to know when to try something new.

As always, Wright makes Woodard's words her own; however, Woodard's third script, which presupposes knowledge of her previous two works and her own celebrity, falls short. The script is thematically cohesive, centering around one woman's decision not to procreate and the way in which her maternal instincts play into the decision, but its stories are disjointedly organized.

So while the fluidity of Woodard's previous writing is sorely missed in this piece, her thought-provoking message about child-rearing still provides fodder for interesting post-show conversation. Through October 14 at Indiana Repertory Theatre

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