You-review-it Monday: 'Pure Prine,' 'Iron Man' and more

Variety spices area stages and screens.

May 10, 2010
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Okay, so maybe I'm the only person who will ever see a double feature of the documentary "Babies" and the action sequel "Iron Man 2," but that's sort of how Thursday went when I attended the former for an IBJ Night at the Movies pre-opening screening at Keystone Art Cinema followed by a midnight screening of "Iron Man 2" at Regal Galaxy.

We gave away tickets to both here on the blog and through the IBJ's free Thursday A&E e-mail blast. Watch for more thoughts on both on an upcoming blog.

I also will be writing about "Pure Prine," the outstanding new show at the Phoenix Theatre that's running for just one more weekend. I expected something akin to the "Hoosier Dylan"-style tributes that have been staged recently. This show is very different and equally satisfying, with a strong cast of actor/musicians including Tim Grimm, Michael Shelton, and Bobbie Lancaster. Plus, wall-to-tavern-wall great John Prine songs. First class work all around.

I also caught Indianapolis Monthly Senior Editor Amy Wimmer Schwarb's short play "Dash Thirty Dash," presented as part of Diva Fest at the Indy Fringe Building. All three performances of that play were sold out, which is a good sign for future installments of Diva Fest, which is designed to help counter the fact that nationally only 17% of produced plays are by women playwrights. A quick check also revealed that only five plays by women have been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in the last decade. Clearly, the field isn't quite level yet. And perhaps the reasons should be discussed in an upcoming blog...

One of the few steadily produced women playwrights in America is Rebecca Gilman and, inspired by Diva Fest, I took a look at the film adaptation (now in rotation on cable) of her most popular play, "Spinning Into Butter," starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a college dean caught up in racial politics. Unfortunately, it should have been left on the stage.

Your thoughts? What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

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  • City Island
    Enjoyed an afternoon in the dark to celebrate Mother's Day with my son while my daughter worked. City Island. Quirky. Funny. Some really strong performances and really amusing scenes. Definitely worth seeing...
  • Patsy Cline Tribute at Beef & Boards
    Outstanding show mixed with great songs (Christine Mild, who plays Patsy Cline) and great humor (Erin Parker, who plays Cline's friend and fan, Louise Seger).
    Based on a true story. Incredible music!

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  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

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