You-review-it Monday

April 8, 2013
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So what did you see, hear or do on the arts front this weekend?

My weekend included some First Friday gallery hopping, a concert that I bailed on at intermission (something I rarely do), and a wonderful opportunity to see a hit play in great company.

Yes, it was time for another IBJ A&E Road Trip, this time to Cincinnati to see the national touring production of "War Horse." In addition to not having to worry about driving, the day was enhanced with an on-the-bus discussion of the art of puppetry with Indianapolis' own Patrick Weigand, who designed creations for, among other shows, NoExit's "The Nutcracker" and the Phoenix's "Avenue Q".

We also surprised the busload of adventurous theatergoers with a chance to enter the theater early for an exclusive up-close-and-personal look at the safety check for this complex, remarkable show. And, of course, there was horse trivia thrown into the mix as well.

More on "War Horse" soon (and more info on upcoming IBJ A&E Road Trips to see "Big Fish" and "Jungle Book" in Chicago here.)

In the meantime, share your weekend arts experiences here. Did you get to the Ai Weiwei show at the IMA? The symphony at the Hilbert Circle Theater? Catch the local premiere of "Clybourne Park" at the Phoenix? See the Indianapolis Men's Chorus at the Indiana History Center? 

Whatever you did, let's hear it.

Your thoughts? 

  • Clybourne Park: So-So
    My wife and I saw "Clybourne Park" and had mixed feelings about it. The actors were great and well-cast, but the flow and dialogue -- especially in the second act -- leave a little something to be desired. Obviously, I anticipated confrontation, it being a pace about race issues, but the second act had so much over-the-top, non-stop shouting that I felt like I was watching the O'Reilly Factor. The set and costumes were clever and impressive, it's just the actual script itself that needs a little work. Rating: 3/5.
  • ISO
    Saw the ISO play a majestic rendition of Pictures At An Exhibition.
  • Clybourne Park great acting
    I saw Clybourne Park at the Phoenix on Sunday.... My first attendance there. I've seen theater all over the world and found the acting in this production extraordinary. The director is to be complimented also!
  • First Friday at the Harrison Center
    I've never experienced a First Friday as beautiful as this past Friday at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The main gallery show, Spectrum (glass work by Matt Kenyon, Shannon Hinkle and Liz Smith) is like an explosion of happiness. Gallery 2 has an incredible installation by visiting Australian artist, Berenice Rarig, called Soul Cages. It comprises 6 works and 60,000 (!) chicken wishbones and is, I think, one of the most moving exhibits to come to Indianapolis. This work is up through April 26 and well worth a visit.

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