You-review-it Monday: Heartland Film Fest and more

October 21, 2013
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For me, the weekend centered on an IBJ A&E Road Trip to Chicago to see the Tony-winning musical "Once." Along for the ride: actor Paul Hansen who engagingly discussed his career on tour, on Indy stages, and in commercials. More on "Once" in an upcoming blog or column.

Rather than return to Indy with the group, I stayed in Chicago to catch the Goodman Theatre's production of Noah Haidle's new play "Smokefall." I'll share more thoughts on that soon as well.

And you? Did you get to a Heartland Film Film Festival movie (or seven)? Get into the Halloween spirit with "Cabaret Poe"? Go into battle with "An Iliad" at the IRT? Sing in the rain with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Fly with The Eagles?

What did you hear, see or do this weekend?

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  • I saw "Gravity"
    While the visual effects were great, I thought Gravity lacked in the story and especially in the ending. This movie should win awards for the visuals, but certainly not for the entire film. All four in my party agreed.
  • An Iliad
    Opening night at IRT for An Iliad. A tour de force from Henry Woronicz! He's onstage all alone for the entire 100+ minute show. Great emotional range in a very interesting take on the massive epic, esp. how the authors have really made this a commentary on war (not just the Trojan war) in all its horror.
  • Eagles
    Though they were once accused by a critic of "loitering" on stage, the show was excellent (we were 7th row center, excellent seats)...they do loiter a bit (they are 60+, so maybe they can't help it, Glenn noted just prior to the intermission that "he had to go to the bathroom"), but the vocals were great, sound was great, song selection was excellent with a couple of surprises (My highlight was the Doolin'Dalton/Tequila Sunrise/Doolin'Dalton Desperado reprise, and the return of former member Bernie Leadon)...Ticket price was high, but my wife, who is frugal, pronounced it "worth every penny". 3 + hours, 27 songs, sort of an historical perspective, with the first set devoted to earlier more acoustic material. We did the VIP Nation deal, which I would recommend based on this experience...the dinner, gift bag, parking, and special access were 1st class.
  • Gravity
    The visual affects of Gravity were awesome; however, don't see it in 3D. It's not worth the extra money. I've seen much better 3D movies. Enjoyed the movie. Go see it.

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