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You-review-it Monday

April 28, 2008
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For me, it was a whirlwind of a weekend, especially if you start with Thursday (OK, so I’m still a college student at heart). I started with a road trip to Louisville to catch the national tour of “Avenue Q,” found...
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Reading into "On The Road"

April 25, 2008
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In June, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be showcasing the 120-foot-long scroll on which Jack Kerouac wrote his landmark work "On the Road." My question: Is the scroll itself art or artifact? The scrollMore

Film fest opens

April 24, 2008
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The Indianapolis International Film Festival opened last night with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival hit “Son of Rambow.” I’d tell you more about this charmer, but since that was the only festival screening for the film, I’ll...
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Edgy musicals on the way

April 23, 2008
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Old school musical purists, cover your eyes. A parade of new, irreverent musicals (some not yet officially announced) are on the way to Indy. Some examples: In the fall, Theatre on the Square not only will be offering the blood-spattered “Evil Dead:...
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Talking turkeys: bombs on stage

April 22, 2008
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The New York Times today reports on a revival of “Moose Murders”—considered by many to be the worst play ever staged on Broadway. (See Frank Rich’s original review, here.) While New Yorkers will often pay as much attention to...
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You-review-it Monday

April 21, 2008
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For me, the weekend included the second half of the James Still double bill at Indiana Repertory Theatre and a run to Purdue University for an exhilerating student production of "Hair" (a midnight show, no less). And you? Did you catch the...
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Are candidates hiding from the arts?

April 18, 2008
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Political candidates are all over the state these days, grabbing photo ops wherever they can … except, it seems, at arts events. Think about it: When was the last time you saw a candidate - local or national - posing in...
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IBJ Movie Night: "88 Minutes"

April 17, 2008
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So were you there last night at the screening of “88 Minutes”? If so, what did you think? And whether you were there or not, feel free to chime in with your favorite/least favorite Al Pacino performances. Side question: Anyone out there...
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Pope-ular music

April 16, 2008
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With Pope Benedict XVI on his U.S. tour, attention is being paid to just about every aspect of the Catholic Church…including its music. Not only is the playlist for the Pontiff’s stadium mass in Washington being scrutinized, but thoughts are...
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Classical musicians: hot or not?

April 15, 2008
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Yes, it’s the music that matters. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s acknowledge that classical music organizations aren’t shy about using images of attractive musicians in their marketing. A hottie violinist, the theory goes, will sell more tickets than a...
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"Forbidden B'way"/You-Review-It

April 14, 2008
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So what did you do this weekend? Hear the Earth Harp at the IMA or the slew of country stars at the Fairgrounds? Discover “Black Gold” at the Phoenix? My weekend included the national tour of “Forbidden Broadway” at Clowes Hall,...
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Tickets: looking ahead...way ahead

April 11, 2008
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Indiana State Fair concert tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 12. The lineup includes Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Sugarland and "A Prairie Home Companion." Ticketmaster already is selling seats for Kenny Chesney at Lucas Oil Stadium in September. Group tickets are being sold...
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Harry Potter in the buff

April 10, 2008
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Much is being made of the fact that actor Daniel Radcliffe (you know him as Harry Potter) will be appearing nude in the upcoming Broadway production of “Equus,” recreating the role he played to acclaim and box office success in...
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Broadway bound: new in NY

April 9, 2008
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It’s an interesting year on Broadway, where … “August: Osage County” (which we could have seen last summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre) is winning over critics and drawing comparison to Eugene O’Neil’s work. Revivals of “South Pacific” and “Gypsy” are turning into...
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Paying attention to the Pulitzers

April 8, 2008
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There's always lots of hype about the Academy Awards and the Grammys, but doesn't anyone care about the Pulitzer Prizes which were announced yesterday? Among this year's winners: Fiction: "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz Drama: "August: Osage...
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IBJ's "Smart" Night @ the Movies

April 7, 2008
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What did you think of "Smart People," Monday's IBJ Night at the Movies sneak preview? Comments most welcome below. Whether you made it or not, act now to be a part of the next one. We'll be hosting a screening of the...
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Exclusive: new at W.R. State Park

April 7, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson offers this interesting piece of news.   Look for an announcement, likely next week, from White River State Park about a new summer series featuring local performing arts groups with shows geared toward family audiences. The free offerings will...
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You-review-it Monday 4/7

April 7, 2008
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Did you get to the final performances of Roundabout Theatre’s outstanding “Twelve Angry Men?” Catch Michael Cavanaugh with the ISO? Patrick Ball (and harp) with Storytelling Arts? Were you part of the mob at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Project Runway...
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'12 Angry Men,' one happy audience

April 4, 2008
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I usually save reviews for my print column. (See the latest here. But since “12 Angry Men,” running through Sunday at the Murat Theatre is so good — and, for us, so unique — I felt attention should be paid...
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Matthews and Obama: The Concert

April 3, 2008
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As I write this, lines are forming at the downtown Barack Obama headquarters for free tickets to this Sunday’s Dave Matthews Band concert in Bloomington. It’s nothing new to see performers stumping for candidates. My question, though, is whether or not...
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Ribbit redux

April 2, 2008
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I was jazzed to take my kids to revisit Actors Theatre of Indiana’s “A Year with Frog and Toad” last weekend at The Children’s Museum, where a truncated version is being presented free with museum admission. Unfortunately some rights issues kept...
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Who needs local movie critics?

April 1, 2008
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The New York Times today reports on the continued trend of newspapers ditching their film critics. Yes, we’ve discussed cuts in newspaper coverage of the arts here in the past — but this debate is a little different when it...
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You-review-it Monday 3/31

March 31, 2008
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This whirlwind of a weekend (if you count Thursday) included a "Showboat" revisit at Beef & Boards, a play I won’t be discussing here on Friday night, and a run to the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville...
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Ralphie’s got a gun ... & tap shoes

March 28, 2008
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Playbill.com reports that “A Christmas Story,” the Jean Shepherd-based film that put Hoosier holidays on the pop-culture radar, is being developed as a stage musical. Already in my head, I’m hearing the song “Lick the Pole” sung to the “Little...
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Know your pros

March 27, 2008
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Today I noticed in another publication that a fully-professional arts organization in town was referred to as a “community theater.” I brought this up at lunch and an arts professional dining with me said something to the effect of “Yes, a...
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