Lou's Views

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: '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: 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: 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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LOU'S VIEWS: Blood, spoof and fears

November 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana and newcomer Acting Up mix it up.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Adieu, Anderson

October 29, 2011
Lou Harry
Are we better off, as arts patrons, then we were five years or so ago when Maxwell Anderson joined the Indianapolis Museum of Art?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Exhibition on ice

October 22, 2011
Lou Harry
When I tell you the Indiana State Museum’s exhibition “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” isn’t a tactile show, don’t let that turn you off.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Heartland Film Fest starter set

October 8, 2011
Lou Harry
Having trouble picking from the more than 100 films at this year's event? Try these critic's picks.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urbanski renewal for Indianapolis Symphony

September 24, 2011
Lou Harry
A new maestro sparks the ISO, plus thoughts on Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Dracula" and Beef &Boards' "Singin' in the Rain."
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LOU'S VIEWS: The 2011/2012 arts season begins ...

September 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Indianapolis City Ballet's "Evening with the Stars" and Civic's "The Drowsy Chaperone" get things off to a great start.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Verse comes to verse

September 10, 2011
Lou Harry
Indiana-connected poets fill new book from Indiana Historical Society Press.
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LOU'S VIEWS: I've looked at Fringe from both sides now

August 27, 2011
Lou Harry
For me, the biggest challenge in wearing the hats of both playwright and critic was not being able to fully embrace the camaraderie of the festival,
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