You-review-it Monday

March 17, 2008
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I’m still groggy from a weekend that included the Indianapolis Opera’s take on “Tosca” as well as a run to Chicago to see “Carousel” at the Court Theatre and stop in at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art (after getting stuck in St. Patty’s traffic). I’ll give more details in next week’s IBJ print column. (FYI: You can access my reviews directly from

So what did you do this weekend? Catch opening day of “Breaking the Mode” at the IMA? Check the health of “Well” at the Phoenix? Finally watch Oscar-winner “No Country for Old Men” on DVD?

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  • I was very inspired by the young dancers of the Jordan Dance Ensemble who performed this weekend at the Butler University Department of Dance studios. It's always awesome to take in young, fresh talent and to witness their transformation through hard work and determination into performers with assurance and aplomb. By the way, be sure to catch Dance Kaleidoscope's The French Connection at IRT this weekend. It's not to be missed!
    David Hochoy
  • David: I'm looking forward to the performance this weekend. Hope to have a preview in Thursday's IBJ A&E e-mail blast.

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  • Whew! I was holding off writing a comment because I was starting to worry that I was hogging the comment box.

    But now that David has written something, I will add that I saw Well at the Phoenix Theatre on its opening night, and loved it.

    And I am more excited than ever about seeing Midwestern Hemisphere at the Artsgarden on March 28.

    By the way, the run dates for that show are a little unexpected.

    Hope Baugh

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