Arts reviews

LOU'S VIEWS: No great Shakes

April 28, 2012
Lou Harry
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that, with limited resources, IUPUI’s Hoosier Bard Productions doesn’t make a masterpiece out of the most obscure of Shakespeare’s plays—one that may not even be Shakespeare’s play at all. To be sure, “The History of Cardenio” is an oddity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Broadway beyond musicals

April 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' 'Other Desert Cities,' 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Live on Broadway it's ... Larry Bird?

April 14, 2012
Lou Harry
Often stilted, often hokey, and just as often charming, “Magic/Bird” is a Broadway oddball—a biographical drama without romance and without family conflict, but with an ample supply of game clips and a very mobile backboard.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urban etchings reveal treasures

April 7, 2012
Lou Harry
This week: a small but strong show at the IMA, plus thoughts on the Humana Festival, A&E road trips, and some Disney magic.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Early Noel Coward play suddenly back in vogue

March 31, 2012
Lou Harry
"Fallen Angels” concerns a pair of London gal pals who have in common marriages in need of spark and a past hot-and-heavy relationship with the same man.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The art we leave behind

March 24, 2012
Lou Harry
At services for my daughter, there came an outpouring of support—much of it from the Indy arts community—that I can compare only to my first time looking out over the Grand Canyon.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Cycling through the Eiteljorg a delightful experience

March 17, 2012
Lou Harry
The Eiteljorg's "Steel Ponies" is a rare museum show that feels both surprisingly original and perfectly in line with its mission. Plus thoughts on Dan Barden's new novel and a must-see Sondheim revival in Cincy.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Parents behave badly in 'God of Carnage'

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Politics aren’t discussed much in Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (at the IRT through March 24). But after watching a performance, you might find yourself wondering how global superpowers—let alone political parties or religious groups—can possibly get along when the play’s two seemingly civilized couples can’t even have an 85-minute discussion without leaving emotional shrapnel everywhere.
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LOU'S VIEWS: God, a monster and Michael

March 1, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Marian University's military 'Godspell,' the 'Phantom of the Opera' sequel 'Love Never Dies,' and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson tribute.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Osage,' you must see

February 25, 2012
Lou Harry
Phoenix Theater offers Indiana premiere of "August: Osage County," a sprawling, brutally intimate epic both intensely personal and apocalyptic.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pleasures of 'Godspell' are in the details

February 18, 2012
Lou Harry
In Actors Theatre of Indiana's production, the apostles aren't blank slates to write on but, rather, people who have experienced life.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Downtown isn't just for Super Bowl week

February 11, 2012
Lou Harry
Dear Suburban Folks Who Rarely Come Downtown But Did for Super Bowl Activities ...
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LOU'S VIEWS: This spud's for you

February 4, 2012
Lou Harry

The guy with the detachable eyes and a rear end built for storage is the subject of an interactive exhibition at The Children’s Museum

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LOU'S VIEWS: Turf's up at downtown art showcase

January 28, 2012
Lou Harry
The art installation exhibition occupying old Indianapolis City Hall doesn't feel like it was created by committee.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City stages home to a trio of theatrical winners

January 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Radio Golf," the Phoenix's “Current Economic Conditions,” and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rely on character-driven shows.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Very different stages at Theatre on the Square

January 14, 2012
Lou Harry
Where else but TOTS can you choose between a porn musical and a hostage drama? Reviews of "Debbie Does Dallas" and Acting Up's "Two Rooms."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Walls of fame

January 7, 2012
Lou Harry

Have you picked your favorites from among the “46 for XLVI" murals? I have.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Jokes old but spirits high in B&B burlesque show

December 31, 2011
Lou Harry
Taking a break from the typical B&B fare, “Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque” begins knowingly, with a wife dragging her husband to the theater.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best in shows for 2011

December 24, 2011
Lou Harry
Highlights included the ISO's Opening Night Gala, Civic's "Drowsy Chaperone," and the opening of the Miller House.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indiana critics pick flicks for 2011

December 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Discussions of 'bests' in the arts are silly ... and fun. Here are my picks, and those of the Indiana Film Journalists Associations, for the best films of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Yule have choices for holiday entertainment

December 10, 2011
Lou Harry
Looking for live holiday entertainment this season? How edgy do you want it? Thoughts on No Exit's 'The Nutcracker,' ISO's 'Yuletide Celebration,' and 'A Very Phoenix Xmas 6.'
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA shows are worlds apart

December 3, 2011
Lou Harry
Three shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art display a wide range of artistic approaches.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Sandi Patty, Carrie Newcomer and more from the CD shelf

November 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Thanksgiving, for many, is road-trip time—which also makes it a good time to give a listen to the latest discs from Indiana performers. Here’s a stack I’ve taken pleasure in over the past month.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Biennial Eiteljorg show offers edgy art

November 19, 2011
Lou Harry
In an effort to lead the field in today's Native American art, the Eiteljorg celebrates five artists showcasing very recent work.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indianapolis Opera production takes wing

November 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Unfamiliarity breeds appreciation at intimate double bill: "A Water Bird Talk" and "Bon Appetit!" paired at Basile Opera Center.
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