You-review-it Monday

September 7, 2009
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It was a theatrical triple-header for me this weekend, with a trip to the Phoenix Theatre for "The Most Dangerous Wound" (the wrong title for this very accessible, entertaining play, by the way), and longer jaunts to Bloomington for Cardinal's "Inherit the Wind" and BPP's "Talley's Folly."

In between, I was lost in Antony Sher's "Year of the King," an account of his process preparing for playing Richard II. It made me hungry for great Shakespeare. (Anyone up for a road trip across the Canadian border to Stratford next season? Christopher Plummer will be starring in "The Tempest.")

So what did you experience this weekend? Catch any of the acts at Rib America? (Sorry I got the location wrong in my e-mail blast.) Visit the IMA? Catch up on movies?

Your thoughts?

  • My wife and I saw Puddle of Mudd Sunday night at Rib America and had a blast. Ticket price of $5 is definitely worth it. The band put on a good show, the music wasn't deafeningly loud, the weather was great and the crowd was well behaved too. We were playing POM songs on the computer all morning Monday.
  • I also saw "The Most Dangerous Wound" and agree completely with your misnomer point, Lou. Very entertaining, although disappointing to see such a small crowd. I did enjoy a great dinner before the play at Forty-Five...
  • A friend and I took our daughters to see the Harry Potter exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. We made it a day trip, and nothing could have been easier. The exhibit was well worth the ticket price. My daughter, now 15, has been a fan since the beginning, and she was more excited than I could have hoped for. The exhibit had countless items from the movie in galleries that gave you the feeling of being there. I highly recommend it!
  • I saw "Most Damaging Wound" at the Phoenix and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at Beef and Boards and wrote about them in detail on my own blog. I also tried several times to leave a "Yay, Whitney!" comment on the fascinating IBJ article by Whitney Smith about several behind-the-scenes Indy arts people, but I couldn't make the new captcha thing-y work. So I'll just say here that I am delighted that Whitney is now writing for the IBJ. Also, that I miss being able to write and read paragraphs here. Hope Baugh - Indy Theatre Habit
  • We caught 7 Brides for 7 Brothers on opening night at Beef & Boards. This was a show I'd wanted to see for years and was pleased to finally see it here. The voices were terrific, but the dancing was only "acceptable". Very entertaining though and well worth attending.
  • Lou, Every year Franklin College organizes a trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada. They offer a couple of packages. Might be worth keeping an eye open for next spring when they start promoting it.
    • Betsy,
      Thanks for the tip.
      Of course, if a guest speaker is required on the trip...

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