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Reviews: Season openers at the IRT and Phoenix

September 22, 2014
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The first act of IRT's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" might make you wonder why the show isn't produced more often. The second act makes it clear.
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Critics react to 'Spamalot' cancellation

September 19, 2014
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A high school in Pennsylvania nixed a production of the Monty Python musical due to "homosexual themes."
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Heartland Film Festival surprises

September 18, 2014
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When the fest announces its schedule, eyebrows may well be raised from those who think "truly moving pictures" is synonymous with "wholesome PG fare."
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Prine, Birbiglia on A&E priority list for Sept. 18-24

September 17, 2014
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Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine and comedian Mike Birbiglia among picks for this week.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

September 17, 2014
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Just name your favorite Aaron, Ludwig or Felix (which should give you some idea of the program).
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Ventriloquism! Red Solo cup! Butt tape! A Miss America Pageant recap.

September 15, 2014
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Missed the fun from Atlantic City? Here are some highlights.
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Dance Kaleidoscope senior dancer to retire

September 12, 2014
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After more than 400 performances, Liberty Harris will end her DK run with the same show with which she began.
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Lou's A&E priority list through Sept. 17

September 10, 2014
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Indy Jazz Fest, Kevin Kline's return to IU, and more among this week's choices.
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Mellencamp announces tour dates

September 10, 2014
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Schedule begins and ends in Indiana with shows in South Bend and Indianapolis.
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Cardinal Stage's '1776' declared a success

September 8, 2014
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Yes, its ending is as foregone as that of "Titanic." But that doesn't diminish the pleasures of this revolutionary musical.
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An Indiana talent places on 'So You Think'; another to dance with 'Stars'

September 4, 2014
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Did Valerie Rockey spark your interest in dance? There are plenty of options this season.
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Lou's A&E priority list for this week

September 3, 2014
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A Colts kickoff concert, the Penrod Art Fair, and more highlight a week packed with options.
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Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre lands new executive director

August 27, 2014
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The theater, in residence at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, has hired John Hedges, most recently executive director for Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio.
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School is open: Time to appreciate arts teachers

August 26, 2014
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Little did I know that my music teacher was an accomplished composer and arranger. Little did I know I'd continue to be influenced by her decades after graduating.
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REVIEW: 'The Great Bike Race'

August 21, 2014
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And from out of nowhere, a loopy semi-musical comedy surges to the front of the pack of Indy Fringe shows.
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The best of Dig IN 2014

August 18, 2014
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Here were my favorite five, representing not just Indy but also Valparaiso and Fort Wayne eateries.
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Indianapolis Art Center names new president from within

August 14, 2014
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Patrick Flaherty, former director of exhibitions for the IAC, to fill spot vacated by Carter Wolf. Plus staff shift and new hires at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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How to do IndyFringe: A beginner's guide (update)

August 14, 2014
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There are still first-timers who have yet to experience the Mass Ave.-area 10-day fest. On its 10th anniversary, here's some guidance.
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Alone in the universe: Why I didn't like 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

August 11, 2014
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We finally have a summer blockbuster. But I'll take "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" instead.
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Review: 'The Tempest' at White River State Park

August 3, 2014
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The show proper began, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the sizable crowd bracing for sound problems…and relieved when none occurred. In fact, the sound was impeccable.
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Indy Eleven kicks in $75K for theater naming rights

July 31, 2014
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Indy's American Soccer League team shows support for to-be-built second theater for IndyFringe.
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IRT and NoExit season announcements shine

July 30, 2014
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I'm not talking about the shows they've selected, but the promos they created.
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Review: Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

July 25, 2014
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This seemingly Cirque-grown species of superhumans contort while flying, connect while swinging, tumble while balancing, hurl one another with their feat, and defy gravity.
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A new dance company, a theater in crisis, and a WNAP raft race redo

July 23, 2014
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Emptying the arts notebook...and bracing for the return of the greatest spectacle in drunken river riding.
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REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
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Who'd have thought that the place to go for a Teflon summer romantic comedy would be the Phoenix Theatre?
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