You-review-it Monday: Matisse, Macheath and more

October 13, 2013
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For me, the weekend included trips to the Matisse show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (more on that in my upcoming column), a trek to Bloomington for the John Mellencamp/Stephen King musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland Country" (reviewed here), and being a witness to Indianapolis Opera's unfortunate production of "Threepenny Opera" (more on that later).

I also finished a pair of theatrical biographies ("Will in the World" and "Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy") and found time to watch the disarming "Mud," a low-key, effective film with a rich sense of character and place and solid performances all around.

What about you?

Did you go to the movies for "Gravity"? Visit either the Headless Horeseman at Conner Prairie or the unscripted improv version at Comedy Sportz? Did you go Oranje at the fairgrounds or catch one of the final performances of the IRT's outstanding "Crucible"?

What did you do on the A&E front this weekend? 


  • The WONDERFUL Threepenny Opera
    I attended The Threepenny Opera on Saturday night and loved it. It was lively and entertaining. I found Caitlin Mathes performance to be especially exceptional.
  • Chocolate Fest
    I attended Arts for Learning's Chocolate Fest on Saturday afternoon at the Harrison Center for the Arts with my 6 year old daughter and had a blast! Chocolate tastings, art activities, food trucks, and an awesome up-close experience with Melissa Gallant's harp made the afternoon quite unique and special.
  • Threepenny Opera
    I saw Threepenny and thought it was great. Being written in the 20th century, in English, and with lots of dialogue, I thought it was an easily accessible and enjoyable show. I was also impressed with the set design and their use of the space at the Indianapolis Opera Center. Overall I thought it was a good production and I would recommend it to others.
    • A Caitlin Fan
      A librettist, I attended Portland, Oregon Opera Classes in which Caitlin sang our work and chatted with us. A few days later she did fifteen Kurt Weill songs, cabaret style, at Portland's Vie de Boheme. She is warm, personable, and incredibly talented. Please tell me more about her Threepenny performance. Ralph
    • did you leave out a word?
      We plan to see Three penny Opera this week. Did you leave out a word between "unfortuntely" and "production"?
      • not at 3 Penny
        Perhaps you were in the parking lot when the 3 Penny was performed...or did your ears miss the wonderful singers? Grand Opera is not always grand...too expensive to perform with regularity these days. Good show and perfect for the fall season of ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Jenny was thrilling.
      • correction
        Peggy, It's been corrected. Thank you. Barbara, Nope. I was there for all three hours Friday night. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
      • Threepenney Opera
        I thought it was an extremely well performed period piece that not only told a story of seedy Berlin but is an historical commentary of the times and a rebellion to grand opera. The voices were great and the intimacy of the small venue allowed it to work.
      • Chekhov
        Saw "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Phoenix, and as usual for the Phoenix, it was an excellent production -- but what an awful play, even by Durang standards! Anyone expecting a clever satire on Chekhov will be subjected to references to Chekhov bluntly inserted into the play, and everyone will be subjected to a rambling Luddite rant inserted near the end of the show.
      • Agree on Threepenny Opera
        I'm with Lou on the Threepenny Opera. The musical performances were great but they couldn't save the production. Not one joke landed during the entire first act of the Friday night performance.

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