You-review-it Monday

June 18, 2012
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For me, the weekend included six shows in Chicago caught while attending the American Theatre Critics Association annual conference. Among them: The outstanding original musical "Eastland" at Lookingglass and the Phylicia Rashad-directed "Immediate Family." More on these and others in an upcoming column.

I also started screening films that will be part of July's Indianapolis International Film Festival. The goal: Distilling a list of recommended films by the time the fest begins July 19.

What about you? Did you get to the season kick-off Symphony on the Prairie? Play competitive croquet at the President Benjamin Harrison Home? See Christopher Plummer in "The Templest" at a movie theater near you?

What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?

Your thoughts?

  • "Next Fall"
    On Friday night I attended the Phoenix Theatre's production of "Next Fall." Beautifully acted by a great cast and well directed by Chuck Goad I was interested in the characters throughout and very touched and moved at the end. This play is really worth seeing!
  • Me, too.
    I probably won't have time to blog about "Next Fall" until next week (hah!) but I loved it, too. Exquisite performances. Hope Baugh Indy Theatre Habit
  • NYC
    I was in New York with my wife. We saw three shows and a concert - short reviews this time. New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert conducting - great performances of Beethoven Coriolanus Overture, Korngold Violin Concerto and Nielsen Symphony #3. Terrific energy and wonderful sound from the entire orchestra. Harvey with Jim Parsons, one of my wife's favorites. I thought he was fine, but why were the female characters constantly shouting and whining? I had not seen either the play or the movie, and I found it boring and strange. Nice Work if You Can Get It - great Gershwin tunes cobbled together in a story from Prohibition times. Matthew Broderick playing himself as he always seems to do - think Ferris Buehler and The Producers. He is quite good at it. Well deserved Tonys for supporting actor and actress and terrific arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Feinstein's arranger. Spiderman - wasn't anywhere near as bad as I expected. Visuals and flying were terrific and music was mediocre. Great show for kids - there were many in the theater. Best moment came late when the mask is about to come off and a little boy in the back of the theater exclaimed "It's Peter Parker!" A great moment in live performance.

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