You-review-it Monday

March 14, 2011
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For me, the weekend included a night at the opera thanks to Indianapolis Opera's intimate production of "Carmen" and an afternoon with Kander and Ebb courtesy of Civic Theatre's "Cabaret." I look forward to writing about both in upcoming blogs or my IBJ column (speaking of which, you can find those posts and more at

What about you?

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

  • The Tragedy of Carmen
    I also had the good fortune to attend Indianapolis Opera's current production - The Tragedy of Carmen -- this past weekend. As a lover of Grand Opera I did not know what to expect -- I was BLOWN AWAY by what I saw in the small venue of the Opera's new center. It rose to the level of their usually high professional standards...I loved being up close to the singers, I loved the use of video in the production and I am not so sure that I don't love this adaptation of Carmen (one of my favorite operas) better than the original. AND, I loved hearing Mr. Pickett announce the opera's next season....MUCH more exciting that Broadway in Indy! Congratulations to the Opera for this great stride!
  • Opera 2012
    Could someone post what the operas are for next season?
  • opera schedule
    I wrote about the Opera schedule on the blog. Find it here: or
  • a wealth of performance art
    Last weekend, I saw five shows. Six, if you count a final dress rehearsal of the Indianapolis Opera's production of "La Tragedie de Carmen" in their new Frank and Katrina Basile Opera Center.

    I am now so far behind in my blogging it's not even funny, but I am very glad I got to see all that I did.

    I have managed to write about my core-shaking IO experience. That post is now up on my blog along with a little iPhone video that I got to make with the artist-in-residence, Joachim Schamberger.

    I also saw:

    ** A teenaged friend and her sister in their middle school show. I won't be blogging about this because I don't blog about kids' shows, but just between you and me, it was charming and a lot of fun.

    ** "Welcome to Afghanistan" - a new solo historical show by British performer Matt Panesh at the Indy Fringe Theatre. I think of Matt as the stand-up comic known as Monkey Poet, but this piece showed his excellent acting talents as well. It had funny parts but was overall more serious than his poetry shows. It was vividly ironic and I loved it.

    ** Monkey Poet's stand-up show, also at the Indy Fringe Theatre. It included some of his outrageous signature pieces from when he was here for the 2007 and 2008 Indy Fringe Festivals. I covered my face and laughed out LOUD again.

    ** "The Next Best Thing" storytelling piece for adults by visiting professional storyteller Antonio Sacre at the Indiana History Center, presented by Storytelling Ars of Indiana. This was a moving and funny collection of stories from both the Cuban and Irish sides of his family. I love his work!

    ** "Cabaret" at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. I had never seen a production of this show before - what a poignant experience! The performers in Civic's production are all excellent.

    I didn't read a word last weekend other than odds 'n' ends online, so I have no book comments this week. 'Sorry!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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