The Theater department at IU in Bloomington invited me to attend a performance of The Gentleman from Indiana, which opens July 11… but alas! I live in Seattle. I don’t think I’m up for that long a drive! I wish I could go, though. They’re staging James Still’s 2007 adaptation, and Still’s a real Hoosier.

This lightly-plotted story concerns a 22-year-old young woman, flirty, thoughtless, and self-absorbed. She is 22, virginal, living at home with her parents, socially isolated, ordinary, and virtually skill-less. What is to become of a girl like Alice?