You-review-it Tuesday

September 4, 2012
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For me, the weekend included screening films for an upcoming piece on the Heartland Film Festival, plus some reading time with an old collection by Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout. There was also time for post-GenCon board game playing.

What about you?

What A&E experiences did you have over the long weekend?

And did you pick up this week's IBJ and check out the IBJ A&E Season Preview? (If you haven't, circle Sept. 19 on your calendar and go get one.)

Your thoughts?

  • Chicago Sizzles
    We caught opening night of Beef and Boards production of Chicago. I always enjoy B&B shows, but the dancing has never been spectacular. Buddy Reeder's choreography and the dancers' precision performance was the best dancing I have seen on the B&B stage ever. Fosse style requires sharp, tight, sultry movement with a heavy dose of passion and seduction. The cast of B&B's Chicago not only nailed the precision moves, but oozed sexuality. I hope to see more from Reeder in future B&B shows. The other highlight of the show was Eddie Curry's portrayal of the forgettable character, Amos Hart. Curry's unassuming, humble rendition of Mr. Cellophane was both humorous and heart-breaking. While the character was to be utterly forgettable, Curry's performance was the most memorable highlight of the show. This is a not-be-be-missed show!
    • Chicago
      Chicago is an extremely hot and fun show. Get to B+B fast. The previous commentator was not exaggerating.
    • Great Show!
      We thoroughly enjoyed Chicago. The buffet was spectacular as usual. As for the show, it was one of the best we've seen at the Beef. The female lead's vocals--spot on...probably one of the most talented female vocalists that's ever performed on that stage. Her vocals, paired with Wims' sassy style, really bring the show to life. The only negative in my mind was Curt Dale Clark playing yet ANOTHER lead. At one point his pants came off, and I know I wasn't the only one BEGGING for him to put them back on. While talented, he really didn't seem to "fit" the role completely and, as mentioned above, he's been the male lead in the past ??? shows. But this minor irk doesn't cast a shadow on my review as a whole, which is joyously positive. Dancing was precise, vocals were "on", food was fantastic, and service was impeccable.

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