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Happy 'Odd Couple' Day: a review

November 13, 2013
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"On Nov. 13, Felix Ungar was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife." My request: See ATI's production.
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Ticket giveaway: Indy International Festival

November 12, 2013
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Want to see the world without leaving the Indiana State Fairgrounds? We've got four sets of tickets to give away.
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You-review-it Monday: Lithgow, 'The Odd Couple' and more

November 11, 2013
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Some fine and funny Neil Simon highlighted my arts weekend. What did you see?
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Review: 'An Iliad' at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

November 8, 2013
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One-man show not a homer, but a solid, interesting production. Henry Woronicz stars.
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You-review-it Monday: What did I miss?

November 4, 2013
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I was away for the weekend. Fill me in one what you saw while I was away. Matisse? Patti LuPone A Spirit & Place event?
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'Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind' opens in Boston. But whose play is it, anyway?

October 30, 2013
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Nicky Silver turned eleven drafts by Vonnegut into a play...and added the legendary author himself as a character.
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You-review-it Monday: DK with innertubes, ISO with Pixar, more

October 28, 2013
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This weekend, the Phoenix offered "Rancho Mirage." Dance Kaleidoscope incorporated big round dance partners. And the Indianapolis Symphony musically shared some toy stories. What did you see?

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REVIEWS: 'Once' and 'Smokefall' in Chicago

October 24, 2013
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A low-key movie survives transfer to the stage. And a father's abandonment ripples for generations.
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You-review-it Monday: Heartland Film Fest and more

October 21, 2013
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So what did you get to see this weekend? Chime in with your opinion.
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My two cents on 'The Threepenny Opera'

October 15, 2013
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In which the critic not only wanted to convey his disappointment but also desired to capture his desire to see stronger work from the company. A Brechtian review (of sorts).
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You-review-it Monday: Matisse, Macheath and more

October 13, 2013
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My weekend (which I claim begins Thursday night), included a Mellencamp musical, a top-notch art show, and the season opener for the Indianapolis Opera. Did you see any of the above?
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Review: Mellencamp/King’s 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'

October 11, 2013
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The creators claim they’ve been working on the show for 13 years. I don’t believe in unlucky numbers, but there you go.
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Ticket giveaway: IMA's Matisse exhibition

October 9, 2013
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IBJ's marketing department has a Matisse gift pack to give away. Enter here for a chance to win.
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Review: 'Les Miserables' at Beef & Boards

October 8, 2013
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Yes, 'Les Miserables' works scaled down to dinner theater proportions. In fact, I'm already hungry to see it again.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Les Miserables,' Sutton Foster, ISO and even more

October 6, 2013
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Did you get to First Friday? The Kander and Ebb celebration at the Symphony? Chime in with your thoughts on whatever you saw this weekend.
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The Arlo Guthrie Concert Massacre (with apologies to 'Alice's Restaurant')

October 3, 2013
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In the rambling style of Arlo Guthrie's classic song, a review of his concert at the Palladium. Feel free to sing along.
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Review: 'Flashdance: The Musical' at Clowes Hall

October 2, 2013
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At times it seems like 'Billy Elliot' with a lobotomy, but that didn't keep me from rooting for star Jillian Mueller.
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You-review-it Monday: Lotus Fest? Art vs. Art? 'Breaking Bad' finale?

September 30, 2013
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For me, the weekend included 'Touchy Subjects' at the Indianapolis Art Center and an escape into Allison Lynn's novel 'The Exiles.' What about you?
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Review: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

September 26, 2013
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For the Phoenix Theatre's season opener, a solid cast effectively demonstrates how to turn a fair play into a very entertaining evening.
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Top 10 most produced plays: How does Indy fare?

September 25, 2013
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Theatre Communications Group has announced the list of the most-produced plays for the 2013-14 season from its 499 member theaters. Most have or will be staged here.
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You-review-it Monday: Art Squared, 'Crucible,' more

September 23, 2013
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What did you see this weekend? Symphony opening night or community day? 'Vanya etc.' at the Phoenix?
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Hudgens at Heartland, poker with Mel Daniels, and more

September 20, 2013
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Heartland Film Festival's lineup includes appearances by the "High School Musical" actress as well as the Oscar-winning "Shine" star. Plus Urbanski plans on sticking around.
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You-review-it Monday: Jazz Fest, Best of the West, more

September 16, 2013
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The weekend included concerts all around town. Which did you get to?
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'Star Trek' star, Broadway vet cast in Mellencamp/King 'Ghost Brothers'

September 13, 2013
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Horror musical to launch tour at IU Auditorium in, appropriately, October. Clowes Hall to follow.
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Pop Con Indy adds another event to local geek landscape

September 11, 2013
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On the heels of March's Comic Con Indy, Indiana Convention Center will host Pop Con Indy. Organizers promise a broader focus on video games and internet celebs.
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