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Thoughts on Zoobilation, ‘Spamalot’ and more

June 16, 2013
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The Indianapolis Zoo was, to no surprise, packed for Zoobilation on Friday night. The annual benefit features a wide range of food-sample stations, from high-end steakhouses generously serving sliders to treats from Blondie's Cookies (remember Blondie from her attempt to find funding on TV's "Shark Tank"?). My favorite from the event: 10-01's simple melon soup. I can't tell you how many shot-size samples I snagged.

 

The evening's only downside was an out-of-place appearance by the Naked Cowboy, the Times Square eyesore and shameless self-promoter brought in by Oceanaire. What's next? Hiring a Kardashian? 

On Saturday, I caught a joyous performance of "Monty Python's Spamalot." More on that later, but suffice it for now to say that "Spamalot" marks the most fully realized of director/producer Bob Harbin's summer shows at the Athenaeum. If you've ever quoted a line from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," this is a must-see. 

I returned to Mass Ave on Sunday as well, with the intention of seeing the musical "Zanna Don't!" at Theatre on the Square. At the box office, though, I was told a tale I haven't heard in about 35 years of theatergoing: Apparently some of the actors in the production, thinking there were only three reservations (there were actually more), decided they didn't want to perform and left before showtime. The management was apologetic and assured us those actors would never get parts at TOTS again. Ah, well, at least Yats was still open ...

And you? What did you see or do this weekend? 

Your thoughts?

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