You-review-it Monday: 'Around the World' etc.

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

May 3, 2010
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For me, the weekend include my first-of-the-season visit to Conner Prairie and, covering approximately the same time period, a journey "Around the World in 80 Days" courtesy of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. I'll be writing about them for this week's print edition of IBJ.

And yours? What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

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  • Movie, Sculpture, Book
    Death at a Funeral is not a particularly good movie, but at least we got in with a free pass!! The Tara Donovan exhibit at the IMA is pretty neat, although much smaller than we expected. The Weegee exhibit is more fun. Still trying to get through Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
  • ISO
    The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performanceon Friday night was wonderful. We are very fortunate to have such talented musicians here in Indy.
  • Around the World in 80 Days
    What a fun way to end the IRT season! I thoroughly enjoyed the five actors who played all the parts in this show one of whose character was listed in the program as "Everyone else". The way the scenery elements came effortlessly out of the floor was also a fun element. I wondered whether the author intended the play to performed with an intermission. The intermission came with barely more than 35 minutes to go and seemed completely unnecessary. Also I believe all the actors and the director were Chicago based. Unless I missed it, there was no indication of a co-production. Was this show imported from a venue in Chicago or was the casting a coincidence?
  • Missed Opportunity
    Too bad that IRT felt the need to hire so many out of towners. The work done by the locals in "Becky's New Car" was proof that no theater needs to go out of town to find talented actors!
  • Indy actors
    IndyActor,
    I don't think this is a "too bad" scenario. The best seasons are going to come from mixing local pros and those from outside and if you are going to keep score, do it over a season with a company, not by individual production. Yes, we have talented local actors, but not necessarily for all parts and at all times. I'm all for local, talented actors finding work, but I don't want to be so provincial that we frown on the outstanding work being done by out-of-towners.
    --Lou
  • IO's Pasticcio
    I had the good fortune to attend a new event by Indianapolis Opera - "Pasticcio." It lived up to its name of being a real mixture of operatic scenes. Performed by IO's resident outreach company, it was a true delight and lived up to the professional quality I have come to expect from IO. The young man from Germany who staged this event gave terrific commentary. I will look forward to future IO offerings at its new opera center as the acoustics are wonderful!

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