You-review-it Monday

August 1, 2011
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For me, it was a lower-than-usual key A&E weekend with only a trip to the suddenly Libman-free Center for the Performing Arts for the ribbon cutting of the new Tarkington Theatre.

Okay, I also watched some reruns of "How I Met Your Mother."

How about you? Were you more motivated than I was and get out to Symphony on the Prairie? To the Bella Latina show at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club? To the multiplex for "Cowboys and Aliens"?

What did you hear, see or otherwise do this weekend?

  • The Eel Catchers
    Caught "The Eel Catchers," which I thought was very well-performed and staged, but the play itself dawdled a bit for my taste -- I kept waiting for something to happen. But I am curious about who put on this play. The program listed Rondi Reed prominently among the associate producers. Is that the same Rondi Reed from "August: Osage County" and currently "Mike and Molly?" It must be. I know she's based in Chicago. Anyone know the history behind this show's production -- how the (local) author got his script to s someone's attention, etc.?
  • Junior Roller Derby
    Went with my family to "Mini Corndogs and Carnage," in Tallmadge Ohio. This is like a convention for Junior Roller Derby teams. I announce games locally and was a guest announcer, there. There were teams from Chicago, Nashville, Cleveland, Indy and Toronto.
  • Eel Catchers
    I don't know anything about the history of the production of the world premiere of "The Eel Catchers" but I loved seeing it last Saturday night. The attractive actors in it skillfully portray broken human beings whose stories are much more important to them than to their later-to-become iconic prisoner.

    I usually prefer plot-driven plays (and books), too, but this character-driven play really got to me.

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

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