You-review-it Monday

May 2, 2011
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Many of you no doubt spent Sunday night (and Monday morning) glued to the TV watching history happen.

But before the big news, there was a weekend. What did you do with it on the A&E front?

For me, the busy weekend included a trip to Columbus for a sneak preview of the Miller House, which the IMA will soon be opening up for tours (more on that in an upcoming IBJ column), a look at Actors Theatre of Indiana's "Chicago" (its first show in its new Center for the Performing Arts home), Butler University Theatre's "Small Lives/Big Dreams," and the Indiana Authors Breakfast benefit for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana.

All of which means I missed the Stutz Artists Open House and much more.

So fill me in. Tell me what you heard or saw this weekend.

Your thoughts?  

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  • TOTS
    We went to TOTS for their last performance of The kids left! The dog Died! Now What? Was a great show. TOTS always brings a smile to my face!
  • CHICAGO
    My husband and I saw Chicago at the new Carmel Performing Arts Center. It was fabulous! I was expecting a toned down - "Indiana" version of the show - ya know what I mean? I thought the dancers would not be as good (or good looking) - but, once the show started, all I could think was "where did they find these people?!" The cast is excellent. Cynthia Collins (as Roxie) got a standing ovation with no hesitation from the audience - people lept out of their seats!
  • A Masked Ball
    We had a fantastic time at the Indianapolis Opera's masked ball at the new JW Marriott! The hotel is beautiful and the Opera did a great job of putting together a really FUN event!
  • Dark Lord Day
    Drove up to Munster to experience Dark Lord Day at Three Floyd's brewing.. What a huge amount of beer geeks. According to ratebeer.com, Three Floyds is currently the worlds best brewery. And they are Hoosiers. Good for them! (http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbrewers_012011.asp)

    We also stopped in at Crown Brewing in Crown Point and Figure 8 in Valparaiso.
  • Memphis
    Saw the movie of the Broadway musical "Memphis". If you can not get to NYC to see the show - this was the next best thing. It plays one more time (tomorrow night 5/3) in various movie theaters around the city - I would highly recommend it.
  • Indy Diva Fest
    My wife and I traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana from Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend to watch the musical production of "The Wedding Belles" written by playwright Nicole Kearney. It was the most awesome musical performance addressing the emotions surrounding marriage proposals. The talented cast superbly sung renditions of various songs and dance, especially the show's title song "I Hear Those Wedding Belles" This production had me and my wife partying down the Interstate going back to Cincy!
  • Rock at Earth House
    Wakey, Wakey and Jukebox the Ghost at the Earth House.

    Became a fan of Jukebox the Ghost when they opened for Ben Folds a few years back. They're from Philly, but just keep touring. Have now seen them four times in Indianapolis.

    Wakey, wakey was good, musically, but there best part was the stories told.

    Earth House is a converted church -- gorgeous interiors. Having hit the 11pm curfew, Jukebox did its encore by inviting everyone downstairs for one last song on the piano with no amplification. Fantastic.
  • 2 treats
    I enjoyed and blogged about Actors Theatre of Indiana's production of "Chicago" at the new Studio Theater in Carmel. I agree with Cathy, above, that the cast is excellent. Unlike Cathy, I had seen all of the cast members in other shows in larger venues around town, so it was a special treat for me to be able to enjoy their talents in the intimacy of the new space.

    I'm glad that ATI is offering Wednesday night performances as well as Thursday-Sunday. I would like to see this sexy production of "Chicago" again.

    That was the only show I committed to reviewing last weekend because I had a lot of non-theatre commitments.

    I didn't even accept a media pass to see "The Zippers of Zoomerville" at the Phoenix Theatre because I knew I wouldn't have time to write a full review of it in a timely manner.

    However, last Thursday I kept remembering how much I loved this show when it had its world premiere here in Indy two years ago, and how a few months ago the music director, Tim Brickley, had told me some intriguing things about what they were doing to make it even better.

    So...at the last minute I drove to the Phoenix, bought my own ticket, sat in the front row (since I wouldn't be distracting anyone with my reviewer's notebook), and HAD THE BEST TIME!!

    They have tightened and tweaked what was already a hilarious spoof of both musical theatre and the Indy 500 race. Five of the original good cast (including Tim Brickley) have returned and the two newcomers are splendid.

    I would like to see "Zippers" again, too, if I can.

    There were actually 16 (yes, sixteen) shows that I wanted to see in the Indianapolis area last weekend, including the 5 or 6 new pieces in DivaFest at the Indy Fringe Theatre. I'm glad to read Greg's comment, above, that at least one of those shows was excellent, too.

    I loved Spotlight last night, but I see you have started a separate discussion for that, Lou.

    Next weekend I will not be able to see ANY shows. I expect to be jonesing big time, so I hope lots of people a) see lots of live theatre and b) write about their experiences here on Lou's blog next Monday morning so that I can read about them.

    I'll look forward to reading your comments and column, too, of course, Lou.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • DivaFest
    LOVED Castles in Spain at DivaFest! Playwright Claudia Labin's clever script feels like farce, but leaves you thinking about big issues like personal autonomy of aging parents. Can't wait to see the full length play after this multilayered first act!
  • Castles in Spain
    Ms Labin's French comedy shines through in this this delightful one act of disordered middle age.
  • Fun at divafest!
    Claudia Labin's Castle in Spain was a marvelous laboratory of comedy and family, greed and green liqueur. Great fun, and a terrific new play in the making.

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