You-review-it Monday

March 18, 2013
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There were lots of choices on the A&E front this weekend. I started with Acting Up Productions' spirited Prohibition take on "Twelfth Night" at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, tried out some board games at the WhosYerCon gathering at the Clarion Waterfront, and spent Sunday afternoon at Dance Kaleidoscope's "Piaf Plus."

In between, there was more planning for the IBJ-organized Indy conference for the American Theatre Critics Association, with members arriving as early as today to soak up Indy's A&E offerings. (See story here.)

Oh, and for some unclear reason, I watched "Gremlins" for the first time in decades.

What about you?

Did you get to the Symphony's ABBA tribute? Catch "The Whipping Man" at the IRT? Hear The Leipzig Quartet at the Palladium?

What A&E did you experience this weekend?

Your thoughts? 

  • so many choices
    IRT's "The Whipping Man" on Wed, Phoenix's "The Lyons" on Fri & AUP's "Twelfth Night" on Sun would have been a great weekend itself. All very different shows, so each entertaining in a different way. So much talent locally both on stage and behind the scenes. Add in Melissa Nussbaum Freeman's one-woman show at the Fringe, and St. Patrick's Day libations at the Rathskeller, it was a full, long weekend. Only downer was IU's loss Sat afternoon.
  • Thank you for the music
    I took mom to see Rajaton perform the music of ABBA with the ISO. I was really hoping I could give my ticket to my father so he could take her instead, but that didn't happen. I am so glad he didn't feel like going, though I know he would have thoroughly enjoyed it. For starters, the pre-show performance by the high school student musicians was delightful. The quality of the performance was 90% on par with their adult counterparts. We were in the balcony with parents who traveled from all over the country to see their kids perform. I think the energy from the parents pride was as spectacular as the kids' performance. Rajaton sang both with and without symphonic accompaniment. While the performance with the symphony was stellar, the two songs performed a cappella were the most impressive. Since Friday night I have been humming assorted ABBA tunes. "So I say, thank you for the music, for giving it to me."
  • Loved Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
    Really enjoyed Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's performance with IVCI Gold Medalist Clara-Yumi Kang on Friday night. It was exciting being in a full, sold out hall at the History Center! Don't forget to mention the Chamber Orchestra in your arts happenings because they are a great group to hear!
    • Chamber Orchestra
      Amy, Mentioned the concert in this week's eblast and talked about it on my Friday a.m. WIBC segment. Glad you enjoyed. Looking forward to the ICO's annual silent movie event next month.
    • A Great Evening of Music
      I attended the Leipzig Quartet at the Palladium. After a very stressful week, the performance featuring Haydn and Schubert was just what the doctor ordered. The performance was flawless and the sound quality amazing. It's too bad the crowd was quite small.
    • The Whipping Man
      I think it was this column that tipped me off to this show. I attended Sunday and it was an outstanding performance. I also attended the Q and A afterwards which was rich and enjoyable. Being a native of Virginia the setting of the play in Richmond at the time of the Civil War was particularly poignant for me. The storyline, the superb acting and the great set makes this show a must see. It is only here for a few more days but the riveting message and is thought provoking and powerful. The show was not something I was familiar with and i would see it again. This was my first visit to the IRT but definitely not my last. This relatively new playwright and the resurging popularity of this work addresses a subject many of us have not considered which makes the show even more appealing. The cast is small, tight and play off of each other extremely well. If you can try to attend...I am still thinking of it and appreciative that I went!

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