Arts reviews

LOU'S VIEWS: 'The 39 Steps' is spoof positive of laughs in Hitchcock's work

April 30, 2011
Lou Harry
There’s a blissfully funny sequence in the first act of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “The 39 Steps,” the local premiere of the Broadway hit.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Landmark event turns into celebration of Bill Cook

April 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Benefactor's presence strongly felt at opening of new arts center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IU Opera premieres 'Vincent'

April 15, 2011
Lou Harry
As ambitious an arts project as you are likely to find so far this century in central Indiana, IU Opera’s world premiere production of “Vincent” overflowed with stunning design and strong music.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Savion Glover's got a tap for that

April 9, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Savion Glover at the Palladium, 'This' at the Phoenix, and 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Beef & Boards.
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LOU'S VIEWS: World premiere tackles Marion lynchings

April 2, 2011
Lou Harry
If you’ve already seen “The Gospel According to James,” your memory of it may well differ from mine. Plus thoughts on this year's Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The closing of Borders ... read it and weep

March 26, 2011
Lou Harry
The coffee smell dissipates. The signs drop from 25%-50% off to 40%-60% off. Shelves of books migrate from soon-to-be-closed-off sections to empty shelf space elsewhere, causing category labels to lose their meaning. Customers linger, wondering if a novel unworthy of their $24 might be worthy of $12. This is how it ends for Indianapolis’ only downtown full-service bookshop.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Opera's 'Carmen' shows upside of downsizing

March 19, 2011
Lou Harry
When word went out that one of the three Indianapolis Opera presentations this season would be a production of “Carmen,” sans chorus, sans full orchestra, sans biggie-size sets, and sans Clowes Hall stage, it was perfectly understandable that some patrons may have lowered their expectations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Youth appeal at the Phoenix and Butler U. theaters

March 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Is theater dead? Three different productions from three different companies over the past few weeks point to some ways to counter—or at least hold off—the decline.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Inside the outsider at the IMA

March 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Thornton Dial created his own artistic rule book; the results are stunning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Making history at arts venues

February 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Three leading Indiana institutions—the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg, and the IRT—look at volatile moments in American history.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Alas, poor patrons

February 19, 2011
Lou Harry
If intent were all that mattered, I would be writing in praise of Hoosier Bard's "Young Hamlet."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feasting on First Friday

February 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on "Diary of Anne Frank" and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra meets Chaplin
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LOU'S VIEWS: Palladium premieres

February 5, 2011
Lou Harry
I’m not ready to use the word “perfect” but, in my lifetime, I honestly don’t expect to hear chamber music in a better-sounding venue than I did Jan. 30.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Riding high at Disney World

January 29, 2011
Lou Harry
While I know the rough economy took its toll everywhere, including the Mouse Factory, I was impressed with how much is new and different in the Disney parks.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Many are talented, but few are stars ... what makes the difference?

January 22, 2011
Lou Harry
As someone addicted to the arts, I’ve seen a lot of talent on stage. Every once in a while, though, I see star power.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of world premieres at ISO, DK and the Phoenix

January 15, 2011
Lou Harry
In a single weekend, three Indy professional arts groups offered first looks in dance, music and drama
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LOU'S VIEWS: Under its spell

January 8, 2011
Lou Harry
Beef & Boards' production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' further establishes it as one of the most durable--and hilarious--contemporary musicals.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Book takes kaleidoscopic look at Butler hysteria

January 1, 2011
Lou Harry
Thanks to Susan S. Neville's new book, "Butler's Big Dance," I have a better idea of what the campus hysteria was like.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Mixed bag of 2010 bests

December 24, 2010
Lou Harry
The holiday happenings are behind us. The 2011 offerings are yet to come. That means its time for my annual trek through the IBJ archives for reminders of A&E events that I enthusiastically recommended during the past year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Grown-up movies dominate holiday multiplexes

December 18, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "True Grit," "The Fighter," and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Home on the range for the holidays

December 11, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on this year's holidays shows from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Returnees from Christmases past

December 4, 2010
Lou Harry
"A Christmas Carol," "A Very Phoenix Xmas," and "A Beef & Boards Christmas" all get regifted for the holidays.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art-felt thanks

November 27, 2010
Lou Harry

The ISO opened with "A Thanksgiving Overture" -- which inspired me to offer my thoughts on what I'm thankful for in the world of Indianapolis arts.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Joyful 'Noise!' in Fountain Square

November 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Noise! cabaret, Bands of America's Grand National Championships, and Blue Man Group.
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LOU'S VIEW: Getting it just right isn't easy

November 13, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, I felt a little like Goldilocks visiting the bear cottage—only in my search of things that were just right, I found everything to be too something or other.
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