BWW Review: THE GREAT BIKE RACE at Theatre On The Square
The show is done in a series of vignettes that introduce each of the racers separately. The staging is simple. A screen shows the landscape scrolling by as the bikers pass. Each person holds a set of handlebars to indicate their cycle.
Frankie Bolda plays the 16-year-old contender Henri Cornet with a wide-eyed innocence. He wants a gentlemanly race, but his competitors are set on playing dirty. He's an ambitious lad with dreams of Parisian girls meeting him at the finish line and Bolda shines with her earnest portrayal.
The main race is between the cut-throat favorites Hippolyte Acoutrier (Paige Scott) and Maurice Garin (Ben Asaykwee). The prideful pair are well cast as the lascivious Garin and pompous Acoutrier. Josh Ramsey has his hands full playing four different characters: a radio announcer, a British man, Italian, and Scot, with the use of only a handful of accents, a removable kilt, and a mustachE. Craig Kemp plays Gustave Drioul, the oldest competitor. Though his role is a quiet one, his background antics and quick one-liners provide some of the funniest moments in the show.
The refreshing show is a glass of lemonade (maybe with a shot of vodka thrown in), perfect for summer. It's short, eccentric, and an utter delight.
Don't Miss the Show
Performances: The show runs until June 24 on the Christel DeHaan Main Stage, 627 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis.
Tickets: Tickets are $25 Reserved or $20 for Seniors/Students with ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 317-207-0171 or online at tots.org.
Due to adult humor, this one's not for kids.
Photos Courtesy of Theatre on the Square