You-review-it Monday

July 18, 2011
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I'm still out of town, which means, obviously, that I missed everything going on in Indy. (Check previous blogs for what I did see in NYC.)

So fill me in. What were the Summer Celebration concerts like? How goes it with Symphony on the Prairie? Did you get to "With a Bang" at the Phoenix or any other on-stage production?

Your thoughts?

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  • Dance Kaleidoscope
    On Friday Dance Kaleidoscope did the first of the "tunings" at the brand new Tarkington Theatre at the Center For The Performing Arts in Carmel. Of course I am partial, but the DK dancers gave a fantastic performance of "Summer Musicals/Elvis Sizzle" and received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the audience in the beautifully appointed new facility. The show, by the way, will be performed at IRT downtown this week.
  • Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
    Tough to imagine two voices nicer than these, but you had to, since the vocals were under-amped for last night's Palladium concert. The drums were overly loud, the guitars and keyboards pure, but the voices either muffled or fading in and out all evening. The artists couldn't have put on a nicer show, or offered a better mix of music, but it sure was disappointing to not have their rich voices at the top of the sound. I hope both the venue and the artists start using headset microphones in the future.
    • Totally Agree
      Something needs to be done about the vocal sound clarity at The Palladium....Very fuzzy when the place gets rocking. Great show last night none the less.
    • Comedy Sportz World Championship 2011
      I am already up past my bedtime so I won't write much, but I just wanted to tell everyone in Lou's world how much FUN I had tonight at the opening matches of the Comedy Sportz World Championship 2011.

      This year it is here in Indianapolis at the Athenaeum downtown, through Saturday. CSz teams are staying at our Sheraton from all over the country and even Manchester, England.

      Speaking of Manchester, they were brilliant (in both the English and American senses of the word) in their match against the Indy team tonight. Both teams set the bar high for the whole competition. I enjoyed the match between the Milwaukee and Chicago teams, too.

      One of the CSz competition rules is that the improv comedy has to stay family-friendly, which makes the fact that the humor is so funny and clever all the more admirable.

      I hadn't planned to get to any more of the matches but now I want to see ALL of them! There was a big crowd there tonight, so I bet later matches will sell out. There is something extra high-energy about the CSz format in the big theatre space upstairs at the Athenaeum, too.

      I only wish the weather were more comfortable for all of these guest improv players but ah, well. At least the performance space is air conditioned!

      Hope Baugh
      Indy Theatre Habit (on hiatus from blogging but still seeing shows!)

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