Detroit Repertory Theatre wraps up 65th season with ‘Fairview’

Leah Smith cringes every single time she hears Detroit Repertory Theatre referred to as the city’s best kept solution or a “hidden gem.”

For a theater that’s been all over for 65 years and is eventually back again putting on reside shows immediately after a virtually two-calendar year COVID hiatus, Smith, the theater’s government inventive director, needs the cat out of the bag. Eternally.

“No, we’re not a top secret and no, we’re not hidden,” said Smith. “Every Metro Detroiter ought to expertise the Detroit Repertory Theatre.”

And Smith hopes audiences will as the theater, regarded as the city’s longest-working different theater, stages the last output of its milestone 65th season. “Fairview,” a Pulitzer Prize-profitable engage in that tackles the thorny problem of implicit bias, runs by way of July 31.

The participate in hits the stage amid large modifications at the Detroit Rep. Its founders, Bruce Millan and Barbara Busby, retired final calendar year, turning the reins over to Smith, who has been with the corporation for 20 several years. She’s only the second creative director in the theater’s record. The theater then named Detroit indigenous Kendra Ann Flournoy as its controlling inventive director.

Having the baton from Millan and Busby all through the pandemic, it can be been “a rollercoaster,” explained Smith. “But I’ve been in education, mentored by Bruce and Barbara, for a incredibly extensive time. So luckily, I was well prepared. And they are even now all over. I see them all the time. It is really just incorporating in the pandemic element that makes it nuts.”