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LOU'S VIEWS: Beef & Boards banks on Disney

May 24, 2014
Lou Harry
Disney destroyed Broadway. Disney saved Broadway. You hear both sides.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Harry Potter star leads a Broadway stunner—plus more from NY stages

April 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Reviews of "The Realistic Joneses," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Les Miserables," and "Violet."
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Cabaret at 5

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
I’m not usually big on anniversary stories, but the fact that the Cabaret's creative gamble paid off—and that its first half-decade has brought so much pleasure—warrants a birthday shout out.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Two young companies brush up on Shakespeare

March 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Reviews of Eclectic Pond's "The Comedy of Errors" and IndyShakes/Wisdom Tooth's "The Winter's Tale."
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT triple play shows gentle side of Vonnegut

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Before he was a literary icon, Vonnegut was a struggling writer finding his voice through short stories. Three are woven together into the play "Who Am I This Time?"
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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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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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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: 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: 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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IndyFringe Festival breaks attendance record

August 26, 2013
Mason King
Wrapping up Sunday, the 11-day performing arts festival downtown sold a total of 17,286 tickets for the 64 productions mounted.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago's 'Jungle Book' goes beyond ‘bear necessities’

July 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Disney's latest stage show effectively captures the charm of the animated movie classic while also broadening its artistic focus, making it sumptuously theatrical.
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Upstart theater companies struggle to find spaces to call their own

July 13, 2013
Lou Harry
Some of Indianapolis' up-and-coming theater groups are establishing their identities through recently acquired performance spaces.
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Indiana Arts Commission pledges $2.9M in grants for 2014

June 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Recipients in central Indiana will include the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Indianapolis symphony gives away old theater seats

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is taking out some 1,700 seats dating as far back as the 1930s as part of a renovation of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, with The Strand Theatre in downtown Shelbyville taking enough to redo its 377 seats.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Once and Farcical King rules in tuneful 'Spamalot'

June 22, 2013
Lou Harry
The extremely silly musical, based on 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' gets an extremely satisfying local production.
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King, Mellencamp break rules with 'Ghost Brothers'

June 7, 2013
Associated Press
"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," which plays in Bloomington and Indianapolis in October, is a musical that's not quite like anything out there — as you might expect from two of America's most independent artists.
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IRT's Stolen to exit in swell of arts group departures

May 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Managing Director Steven Stolen will leave the repertory theater for a position with Rocketship Education. Other local performing arts executives stepping down are John Pickett of the Indianapolis Opera and Kirk Trevor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
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Critical questions follow reviewer's departure from Indy Star

May 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The state's largest newspaper is mum on whether reviews will continue after the Friday resignation of its fine arts critic. Arts organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic's 'Into the Woods' explores what's after ‘happily ever after’

May 11, 2013
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on NoExit Performance's world premiere of David Hoppe's 'Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators' in Garfield Park
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LOU'S VIEWS: Doing it Ai Weiwei's way

April 13, 2013
Lou Harry
The eyes of the creative world are on Ai Weiwei. The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a chance to put your eyes on his works. Plus, thoughts on the IBJ A&E “War Horse” road trip.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Catching up with a kaleidoscope of reviews

March 23, 2013
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the latest from DK, Acting Up, and an American Pianists Association fellow.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The critics are coming … the critics are coming

March 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Journalists from San Francisco to D.C. and from New Haven to New Orleans descend on Indy for a first-ever critical mass of theater.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Say it isn't so, Diane

February 9, 2013
Lou Harry
When a region stands to lose one of its finest actresses, a critic can't be too proud to beg
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'The Book of Mormon' and shock values

January 5, 2013
Lou Harry
Language and content aren't the only thing shocking about the hit musical, now playing in Chicago.
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