You-review-it Monday

March 21, 2011
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For me, the weekend included a double shot of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Pike High School (as parents know, such shows trump everything else).

That would have brought plenty of pleasure for one week, but there was also a satisfying trip to Lousville for 2 1/2 productions at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

Why the half? What was planned as an under-two-hour show expanded during rehearsal and no one let me know. Ah, well. I'm hoping Actors Theatre of Louisville will at least e-mail me the script, so I'll know what happened. The other two productions—which I'll write about soon—were terrific.

Plus, there was a visit with Indianapolis Zoo's latest residents: two gangs of bats and a photogenic warthog.

And a screening of "Sea Rex 3D" at the IMAX, including a look in the projection room. IMAX will be offering free-with-admission behind-the-scenes tours, by the way. Well worth looking into.

And you?

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

  • Pajama Game
    I was just thinking that it was March and didn't that mean it was time for that new play thingy in Louisville? I'm glad you went to Humana again this year, Lou. I'll get there some day. In the meantime, I look forward to reading your take on the plays you saw.

    I planned to take last weekend "off" from seeing shows and let the rest of my life catch up, but I couldn't resist popping down to Footlite Musicals community theatre after work on Friday to see "The Pajama Game."

    I had never seen it before. It is advertised as being about a workplace romance, which it is, but what struck me was how still-relevant and timely this old-fashioned musical is in terms of union-management struggles. Unfortunately, there are still managers today that can' be bothered to say "please" and "thank you" to their employees and that think that they deserve a 7 1/2 cent profit more than their employees do. Unfortunately, there are still employees today that think it's okay to fake an injury and sue the company. (Mind you, I am not speaking from experience in either case, just from reading the news.)

    The songs in this show are still very enjoyable, too!

    I swooned over the romantic chemistry between the two leads in this particular production. They both have beautiful singing voices, they make an attractive couple, and when they kiss... Well, let's just say that they made me want to be kissed like that, to melt like that, too.

    The male lead is Paul Nicely. I'm sorry that I don't have my program handy to tell you who the female lead is. She played "Uma" (sp?) in Footlite's production of "The Producers" last fall.

    My friend Adrienne Reiswerg is hilarious in her supporting role, too. (I know I'm biased, but she is.)

    There are several other fun aspects to this show as well.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • PS
    PS - I think "Pajama Game" has only one more weekend at Footlite. If you go, be sure to arrive early so that you can hear the organist play the pre-show.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • POI and IO
    My weekend included trips to the Indianapolis Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. IO's version of Carmen was certainly different than I expected, but the vocal talent was excellent, and overall I was pleased with the performance. POI's performance of Beethoven's Sixth and a Respighi work was also very enjoyable, performed at the Pike PAC. It was my first time at both of these venues and my first time attending performances by these two entities. I assure you that there is room in my heart for these organizations next to the ISO.
  • God of Carnage
    Saw God of Carnage while in Chicago at the Goodman. What a fantastic show. The title may mislead audiences, but the show was actually quite a witty look at two couples colliding. It helped that it was portrayed by incredible actors. I hope it is done locally soon, seems like a good fit for IRT or Phoenix. I would love to see different interpretations.

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  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

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  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.