You-review-it Monday

October 12, 2009
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For me, the weekend included time with Abe Lincoln at the Indiana Repertory Theatre's Midwest premiere of James Still's "The Heavens are Hung in Black," a trip through "Sacred Spain" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (reviews of both to appear soon) and more Heartland Film Festival screenings.

You can find the updated Heartland reviews at www.ibj.com/arts. The fest begins Thursday.

And you? What did you see, hear, read or otherwise experience this weekend?

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  • Saw The Invention of Lying, which had some big concepts and great scenes, but overall fell a little flat. Any movie that relies on "shocking" honesty about the female nether regions as an opening hook has me immediately suspicious about the overall quality of the film.

    Also just finished The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. Anyone read this? It was a GREAT book...right up until the last 30 pages. I wonder if I'm the only one who thought the ending felt like a swift and desperate attempt to tie up a lot of loose ends.
  • Last weekend I saw Caveman, The Musical at Theater on the Square. It was funny and cute...nothing home to write about really...some of the writing had references to other Broadway shows...which was interesting to pick up on. This weekend I saw, They Call Me Mr. Fry at the IndyFringe Building. It was great. A very interesting true personal story about how a teacher educates students... and learns alot about himself from the students at the same time...in South Central Los Angelos. I missed a few lines because Jack mumbled his words, but overall nice performance. I had tears in my eyes at one point. I would highly recommed this, especially if anyone has a teaching background. Find out what "no child left behind" really means..... I would consider taking someone with me and seeing this again.
  • We took in the HD live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca", shown at 3 local theatres here Saturday afternoon. It was very well done and a treat for those of us who don't get enough opera from the Indianapolois Opera's season. The camera work was shot like a movie, with close-ups of the singers unless full-stage views were required because of the full chorus or other action. The program included interviews of the main cast members, director and others during the intermissions. Quite a wonderful afternoon.

    The Met will be broadcasting 8 more shows this season.

    Bravo!!
  • The Phenomenon show presented by IMoCA which opened Friday was a great start to the weekend. Both of the artists presenting works based on aliens and bigfoot were approachable and the work is entertaining and thought provoking.
  • They Call Me Mister Fry
    If you are looking for a heartwarming and hilarious experience, head to the Indy Fringe Theater this weekend to see "They Call Me Mister Fry," a one-man production written by and starring Indianapolis native Jack Freiburger. The play is about Jack's true experiences as a fifth-grade teacher in South Central LA, and it captures the humor, the sadness and the sometimes frustrating bureaucracy of teaching in an inner-city school. The play is heading off-Broadway later this year, and will be presented at the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Your only chance to see it is here is October 16-18.
  • The Heavens ...
    I saw "The Heavens Are Hung in Black" at the IRT last week. While I felt it had some resonance to today, generally I found it overly long, schizophrenic in its focus, and not James Still's best effort.
    • Heavens
      My review of "The Heavens are Hung in Black" will be in the upcoming IBJ -- along with thoughts on "Sacred Spain."
    • Heavens are Hung...
      Generally, I enjoyed the play but felt that the second act was too long and lacked focus. Apparently the D.C. version was even longer - can't imagine that...

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