You-review-it Monday: Penrod and lots more

September 9, 2012
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It was great to see so many IBJ readers while I was passing out IBJ A&E Season Preview guides at Penrod. (What? You didn't get one? Come to the free IBJ A&E Season Preview event on Sept. 19.)

But that was just part of a very busy weekend that included the opening of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, "Gypsy" at Actors Theatre of Indiana, and the annual "Evening with the Stars" benefit for the Indianapolis City Ballet. (More on "Hyde" and "Gypsy" soon. Thoughts on "Evening with the Stars can be found here.) Plus there was First Friday and "Chicago" at Beef & Boards.

What about you? Did you get out to a late-summer concert? Sample the on-stage entertainment at Penrod? Catch "A Chorus Line" at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre?

What did you see, hear or do this weekend? (And don't tell me you stayed inside and watched TV.)

  • French Market
    Seafood crepes, wine, beef burgandy, wine, great music, wine, oysters & escargot, oh and wine!
  • Gypsy @ The Studio Theatre
    I attended last Friday night's opening performance of Gypsy @ The Studio Theatre at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The production was extremely true to the Broadway and movie productions with a fabulous cast anchored by Judy Fitzgerald in the leading role of the original stage mother. The directing, the perfomances, the choreography, the acting and the orchestrations were expertly carried by an ensemble of professionals. With the exception of a thunderstorm lurking outside the show was flawless even on opening night. I highly recommend any musical theatre lover and/or lovers of great performances to attend. You won't be disappointed.
    • Wow- Gypsy was great
      I had the good fortune to see the Actor’s Theatres of Indiana’s production of Gypsy yesterday. I don’t remember any performance that engaged me in what was going on to the extent that Judy Fitzgerald and an effective and talented supporting cast did yesterday. I left wondering to myself what was so exceptional that it resulted in my leaving realizing that I had just seen something special and here is what I came up with. The show itself is one of the all-time greatest musicals, a super book coupled with wonderful songs provide the framework that allows performers who can handle the difficult roles to excel. In my mind Judy Fitzgerald who played Rose did just that. The rest of the talented staff allowed the story to flow while keeping the audience attentive. Another contributing factor in my mind is the unique venue, the Actors Studio provided for a spacious by simple set allowing us to concentrate on the performers while our imaginations added mental set enhancements. I was again rewarded by the opportunity to not just observe superior entertainment but to also feel that I was a participant in the show. The close proximity of the actors coupled with what each audience member brought to the experience is something really special. Judy and company not only entertained me, they moved me. While Gypsy includes humor, great songs and more it is the story itself that can touch the heart. I want to offer you the opportunity to share in my experience all you have to do is go see the show. Just go to and make a reservation.
    • Such depression.
      I was sick and bedridden on Saturday so I missed Penrod. I was actually depressed thinking about missing one of the most wonderful events of the year and on such a gorgeous, sunny and cool September day. Now watch, next year I'll be fine but it will be cold and rainy on Penrod weekend.

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