I invited an old and dear friend to join me for the showing of Underneath the Lintel. I was interested in her opinion. At one time she had been the Director of Development for the Indiana Repertory Theater; one of her favorite local actors had performed the play at IRT. She was familiar with the play. Although we had different perspectives, we both enjoyed the presentation.

My point of view

Besides the on-point acting by Pat O’Brien, I was caught up trying to predict where the show was going. I appreciate fiction, in any format, that keeps me guessing and this show certainly did just that. Mr. O’Brien excels as a quirky, oddball, and profusely sweating mature librarian. His character becomes entangled in the search for the backstory behind a book that was returned anonymously through the night drop slot—a book that was 123 years overdue. The Liberian sleuths out the tiniest details which lead him to conclude that…I think that’s all I will reveal. But I will add that the journey for the answer to the overdue book changes the librarian and his life in unforeseen ways.

My Friends Perspective

My friend knew the play and enjoyed this performance. She shared some fond memories about some of the performances at IRT. For example, there’s a suitcase on stage. My friend had once helped a young man propose to his sweetheart by placing his future bride’s engagement ring in the suitcase, on stage.

Since she knew where the performance was headed she focused on the presentation. She was pleased. His character was believable, he used the stage and props effectively, and his demeanor, voice, and presence were that of an accomplished actor.

This play, written by Glen Berger, is a work of art as is Pat O’Brien’s presentation. It’s a winning combination. If you’d like to know what happens while tracking down the mystery of the overdue book and how it concludes… you’ll have to go see for yourself!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 7:30pm

Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 9:00pm

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 1:30pm

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