You-review-it Monday

February 17, 2014
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For me, the weekend included the pleasure of introducing the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's playing of the score to the Harry Langdon silent comedy "The Strong Man," a charming evening at the reconfigured Indy Fringe Theatre for Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" (more on that production soon), and a Sunday evening at Marian University for LA Theatre Work's thoroughly engaging and entertaining production of "The Graduate."

If you count Thursday, then the weekend also included a Chicago run for the Goodman Theatre's outstanding production of Rebecca Gilman's new play "Luna Gale" (expect to see it in regional theaters everywhere next year) and the Hypocrites' tradition-breaking production of the musical "Into the Woods" (see review here.)

On TV I caught the Great Performance's broadcast of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration, which just made me hungry for even more theater.

What about you?

Did you get to see "North of the Boulevard" at the Phoenix Theatre? Visit "The Essential Robert Indiana" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art? Catch "The LEGO Movie" (with or without kids)? Celebrate the music of the Gershwins with Michael Feinstein at the Palladium?

What did you do over the weekend...besides shovel snow?

 

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  • Columbia Club
    We saw another great show a the Columbia Club's Cabaret - Chester Gregory's portrayal of Jackie Wilson. As usual, the show was fantastic; however, the Columbia Club needs to work on its timing issues. This is the second time we've had problems. I realize that the snow played a factor, but the event has been sold out for weeks, so it's not like 100 people just randomly showed up out of the blue. We arrived at 6:45 and were promptly seated. Service was fine, at first. First course and drinks were timely. Then we waited...and waited....and waited. Over 40 minutes to receive our entrees. Waitress admitted that it was a kitchen related problem, and we were not the only ones waiting. We hurried to eat because it was only 20 minutes until the show was supposed to start. Imagine our surprise when we were then told the show was not starting on time due to the bad weather, AND the intermission was being deleted. That's fine, but then everything was crammed into the next 30 minutes, and the show was continually interupted by waitstaff getting checks and serving drinks and food. This was following the absolutely horrible experience we had there at Christmas when we took one set of parents with us. The Club had overbooked (per the valet) with at least five events on the same night. Traffic was a nightmare trying to valet park. Took us over 40 minutes to go one quarter around the Circle. Didn't have enough staff, and our dinner actually came out during the show. We had to eat in the dark and try not to disturb other patrons. The parents said despite how great the show was, neither one of them would ever go back. After these two experiences, we are not donating any more money to this organization, and it will be awhile before we return for another show.
  • Graduate
    Thanks for coming to see THE GRADUATE from LA Theatre Works at the Marian University Theatre, Lou. I also thought it was a terrific show with extremely engaging performances from the acting company. - Ben Tebbe Director of the Marian University Theatre www.marian.edu/mutheatre
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
    The ICO was brilliant in creating the perfect mood and emotion to support a thoroughly engaging silent film. Kudos!

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