You-review-it Monday: Emerging from the snow

January 13, 2014
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For me, the weekend would have included the Phoenix Theatre's local premiere of "Tribes." But the show sold out all of its weekend shows. Which is a very good thing because full-houses mean more stability for arts organizations which means more freedom to make interesting choices. I'll certainly try to catch it this week.

I also found a crowded house at the IRT for Dance Kaleidoscope's Gershwin-fueled "American Rhapsody," which I'll be writing about soon. Afterwards, I trudged through Fountain Square slush for the monthly Noise! open mic at the White Rabbit Cabaret, whose highlights included Claire Wilcher's rendition of ":Walking in Memphis" and Brent Marty's "Send in the Clowns" (both ignoring the stated New York theme for the evening's after hours show).

I also managed to read a few new plays (I'm on a review committee for the American Theatre Critics Association) and also enjoyed the new autobiography by Stacy Keach (who I've had the privilege of seeing onstage in "King Lear" and "Other Desert Cities'). The easy read dealt with (but didn't sensationalize) his cocaine bust but focused primarily on his life as a working actor. It made me look seriously at planning a trip to Washington D.C. to see him as Falstaff this Spring at the Shakespeare Theatre in both parts of "Henry IV."

And you? Did you catch up on holiday movie releases? Squeeze into the Phoenix? Experience some other A&E?

You have the floor....

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  • Catching Fire
    As a non-reader of the books, I liked this movie much more than its predecessor. The Hunger Games was a bit of a whirlwind for me and I had the feeling that I didn't understand why things were happening. Catching Fire seemed to make the political implications of this fictional world seem more clear and the character development was wonderful. As a reader of the books, my husband felt exactly the same way and was also a bit happier with this movie. So there you have it - fan of the books or not, this movie was an enjoyable ride.
  • Full weekend
    My weekend included the films Saving Mr. Banks and Her, DK’s concert American Rhapsody and the heartbreak of the Colts. Emma Thompson was terrific in Mr. Banks but I think the film itself would be exactly the type her character would abhor! For me it started off great but became just a tad sentimental for my taste. Her, by contrast, was amazing! A look a love, relationships and what it means to be human in a futuristic high-tech world. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance was so good. And, apparently, we are all going to be wearing high-waisted pants in the future. DK’s concert was excellent as well. If only the Colts had won it would have been a perfect weekend.
  • More reason for DC
    In addition to Mr. Keach, I believe that Henry IV Parts I&II will feature Steve Pickering, seen as Judge Danforth in IRTs The Crucible last Fall. So - even more reason to take the trip!
  • Go see TRIBES!
    I will admit that despite living in Indianapolis for almost two decades this was my first foray into the wonderful Phoenix Theatre. It wasn't really my choice - this theatre vacuum... I love the theatre, but my husband doesn't (or so he said) and so it took the suggestion of a best friend to get me to get him (and us) to see "Tribes." We ALL loved it - including my sometimes cantankerous and snooty hubby. It was so good that we are now considering attending all the available productions for this year. The acting was superb, the set was fabulous and the lighting and music added an extra special layer to this play about a DEAF man's coming into his own despite his dysfunctional family. All I can say is - GO GO GO GO!!!!
  • Lone Survivor
    I saw this film over the weekend and wow...is it gripping. I think every American should see this. It was difficult to watch at times knowing these brave men actually went through this.
  • the one event...
    I managed to hit was American Rhapsody. It was glorious and I wish I'd checked out DK sooner! I have to say that I've been reading your column and have loved all the things that I've checked out thanks to you!

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