You-review-it Monday: Holiday weekend 1

November 28, 2010
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The stuffing wasn't even out of the turkey when the Christmas shows began taking over the performing arts scene in Indy. I didn't make it to the Monument lighting, but I did catch the Indiana Repertory Theatre's "A Christmas Carol," "A Very Phoenix Xmas" and the latest installment of "A Beef & Boards Christmas."

Did you attend any of the above? Or did you take in a movie, lose yourself in a good book (my weekend readings included Stephen Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat" and Ben Yagoda's "Memoir: A History") or get out to a museum or gallery show?

What arts did your extended weekend include?

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  • 3 shows and fun column
    I enjoyed three live theatre shows:

    1. "A Very Phoenix Xmas 5: Regifted" at the Phoenix Theatre

    2. "The Santaland Diaries" by the Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington (but coming to the Indy Fringe Theatre for 12 performances starting this Thursday, December 2, and starring Indy's own Scot Greenwell)

    3. "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

    My thoughts about the Phoenix show are already up on my blog. I will write about the other two shows soon, plus the ISO's Xmas show and the Niall de Burca storytelling concert(s) at the Indiana History Center coming up next weekend.

    But what I wanted to "review" today here on Lou's blog is this:

    Lou, I always look forward to reading your Saturday morning (online) A&E reviews but I especially loved what you wrote this past weekend, about what you are thankful for in the Indianapolis arts community.

    I am thankful for all of that, too, and thankful to you for expressing it.

    (And thankful for the IBJ for supporting you!

    By the way, guess what I discovered the last time I checked the IBJ from my iPhone: you can get the new IBJ mobile app for free for a while if you download it now. Yay! How did I live without my iPhone?)

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • 2 movies
    I saw two movies this holiday weekend. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1" and "Burlesque." Both were amazing and highly enjoyable. Both are highly recommended!
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    Lots of people think this show is fantastic. I found it to be way too long, with too many spoken word segments. In addition, most of my group of 19 people could not understand the words.
    Of course, the light show is terrific. The kids loved that part.
    Overall I liked most of the music.
    Last comment is that the artist's physical performances are a bit much-this is not the 80s, but a lot of the audience must still be there.
  • Circle of Lights
    had awful entertainment for the most part. The troupe of overly made up dancing Britney Spears wannabe's was passable at best, the soloist (Jennifer Kyle?) couldn't stay on key, and the contrived song by a band member about shopping traffic was amateur, redundant and poorly miked. Come on Indy, there's a lot of talent here, where were they Friday night? Certainly not invited to perform on the Circle.
  • A Christmas Carol
    It was my first time to see it at IRT, and it was enchanting. I loved it. It will become a tradition for me.
  • rev
    Enjoyed the new tradition of Rev Peyton's Big D(*& Band at the Vogue. fun fun fun.

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