You-review-it Monday

August 8, 2011
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For me, the weekend meant David Hyde Pierce and Michael Feinstein at the opening of the Tarkington (thoughts here), plus lots of testing of new games at GenCon (more on that in an upcoming column).

Oh, and I also caught "Crazy Stupid Love," which had more "Oh, come on" moments than any movie in recent memory. I think the steam from my ears negated the air conditioning in the theater. I could go off on a rant here, but I won't...because I followed it with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" which, in spite of some logic lapses, was better than it had any right to be.

Your thoughts?

  • Hey! A new play by Lou??!!
    I had a full, fun, and artsy weekend as usual (if I can say that without seeming to brag) and I will write more about it later if I can, but what I want to say most is:

    I checked out the 2011 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival show schedule - which is finally available now at indyfring dot org or, I think, in selected print copies of Nuvo - and discovered that this year's shows include a new play by our own Lou Harry!!!

    Okay, I confess that I knew about the forthcoming world premiere of "Beer Can Raft" before this weekend - and I admire Lou's ethics in carefully not using his IBJ blog to promote his own work - but I work for myself when it comes to writing about theatre so I am free to say that it was very fun to see the blurb about Lou's play there in the official Indy Fringe program.

    "Beer Can Raft" will be directed by Karen Irwin, whose work I also love.

    Congratulations and break a leg, Lou, and everyone associated with "Beer Can Raft!"

    In fact, congratulations and break a leg to everyone that has a show in this year's Indy Fringe. It was a pleasurable A&E activity for me this weekend, just pouring over the program and fantasizing about being able to see EVERY Fringe show during the week of August 18-28!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit (on hiatus from blogging but still going to see shows!)

  • Fun on the Prairie
    Caught Michael Cavenaugh playing the music of Elton John and Billy Joel at Symphony on the Prairie this weekend. What a fun show! We went on Saturday night and it was packed.

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