Arts reviews

LOU'S VIEWS: Caving in to 'Caveman' spear pressure

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

I’ve been avoiding “Defending the Caveman” since the early 1990s, when Rob Becker’s one-man show still featured Rob Becker playing Rob Becker.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Sound scenic decisions highlight deafness drama 'Tribes'

January 25, 2014
Lou Harry
The most powerful moment, for me, in the acclaimed play at the Phoenix may have been accidental. And it happened when an actor got in my way.
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LOU'S VIEWS: GershWin-Win as DK doubles up on classic American music

January 18, 2014
Lou Harry
In “American Rhapsody”, Dance Kaleidoscope paired a new take on “An American in Paris” with a revival of his 2006 “Rhapsody.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Funky furniture, slamming doors and more

January 11, 2014
Lou Harry
This week, I empty the notebook with thoughts on the IMA's contemporary galleries, a furniture show at the State Museum, a Beef &Boards farce and an ambitious new CD.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 50 years, 50 shows

January 4, 2014
Lou Harry
Broadway's "Ragtime," Butler's "Lamentations," and two Icemen among half a century of theater-going highlights
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lou Harry's year-end A&E bests

December 28, 2013
Lou Harry
The Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis all get props in IBJ art critic Lou Harry's recap of 2013.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hefty books weigh in on Columbus and Crown Hill

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Reinforced coffee-table legs might be required if you are giving these impressive Indiana-focused books
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LOU'S VIEWS: Holiday Xtremes via ISO and NoExit

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday offerings range from the pious to the perverse. A review, of sorts, of "Yuletide Celebration" with Sandi Patty and a twisted "Nutcracker"
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LOU'S VIEWS: Farce the herald angels sing

December 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday spirit, solid acting, and a great Christmas song, populate this year's installment of "A Very Phoenix Xmas."
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LOU'S VIEWS: No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show

November 30, 2013
Lou Harry
No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show. Thoughts on the exhibit that focuses on beasts that once roamed Indiana.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Life after ‘Wicked’: What to do once you’ve seen the blockbuster musical

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
The national tour of “Wicked” continues to draw crowds to the Murat Theatre, where it runs through Dec. 1. If you’ve already seen it this time around, you might be wondering what to do now to maintain your Elphaba fix until the show flies back into town in a few years.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show is a go

November 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Eiteljorg's biennial contemporary art show. Plus reviews of ATI’s ‘Odd Couple’ and John Lithgow’s solo show.
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LOU'S VIEWS: ‘How do you pick what you review?’

November 9, 2013
Lou Harry
"Don't you hate it when people disagree with your opinion?" …and other frequently asked questions.
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LOU'S VIEW: A pair of trios with DK and the Phoenix

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Three choreographers make magic while three couples mine marital misery.
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DINING: A biggie-size Yats is back on Mass Ave

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
The menu is familiar, but the space is significantly expanded at Yats’ new Mass Ave digs.
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LOU'S VIEWS/DINING: Studio Movie Grill makes reel changes to moviegoing experience

October 26, 2013
Lou Harry
Since it’s selling itself as both an entertainment venue and a dining spot, I thought I’d take its lead and combine my A&E and dining columns this week.
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LOU'S VIEWS: On Matisse and Macheath

October 19, 2013
Lou Harry
The IMA offers a brilliantly colored blockbuster while the opera presents a shark with no teeth
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beef & Boards' 'Les Miz' is ready for its close up

October 12, 2013
Lou Harry
Experiencing the blockbuster from 12 feet from the stage, I appreciated it even more. And, no, I didn't steal any bread from the buffet.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In new novel, downsizing is the least of couple’s problems

October 5, 2013
Lou Harry
Strong writing, an interesting situation, and infuriating characters lead me uncertain how I feel about “Exiles,” the new novel by Butler University’s Allison Lynn.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indiana Repertory Theatre finds what's crucial in 'The Crucible'

September 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Plus season openering reviews for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Phoenix and NoExit's "Big Bad Wolf."
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LOU'S VIEWS: At Eiteljorg show, honesty is the ‘West’ policy

September 21, 2013
Lou Harry
It would be foolish to go to the Eiteljorg Museum’s “Quest for the West” show (through Oct. 6) looking for surprises. This is, after all, an invitational show focused on pleasing collectors of conservative western art who, in Indy for the show’s opening, purchase most of what’s shown.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic Theatre's ‘Pippin’ lacks magic

September 14, 2013
Exceptional production values stand out from rest of an unfocused production. Fun added by brief 3D sequence.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Larger scope for Children's Museum's Playscape

September 7, 2013
Lou Harry
When an outstanding temporary exhibition opens, that’s cause for excitement. When a permanent exhibition gets an outstanding upgrade, that’s cause for celebration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pigeon Forge on a roll with new ways to lure tourists

August 31, 2013
Lou Harry
In the Smokies, you can tumble down a hill in a Zorb, cheer on feuding lumberjacks, or take pictures with waxen Hollywood stars. And, of course, there's Dollywood.
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LOU'S VIEWS: GenCon game discoveries for mere mortals

August 24, 2013
Lou Harry
You don’t have to slay dragons or pilot a starship to find great games at Gen Con. Here are ten new favorites.
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