You-review-it Monday

October 24, 2011
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For me, the weekend included a double-bill of "Julius Caesar" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and "Night of the Living Dead, pt. 1" at the Indy Fringe Building. (See comments on the latter here. Thoughts on "Caesar" coming soon.)

I also had the honor (and the fun) of hosting IndyReads' annual spelling bee on Thursday.

What about you?

Did you get to No Exit's "Frankenstein"? Take advantage of beautiful fall weather to visit 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art? Take a ride with the Headless Horeseman at Conner Prairie?

What did you hear, see or do this weekend?

  • Spring Awakening
    I saw Saturday night's performance of "Spring Awakening" at the Phoenix, and (as usual) enjoyed the performances and the staging. Terrific ensemble of strong singers and actors (although it was kind of a bummer that the alleged school kids all looked their real 20-plus ages on stage), and I'm glad the director decided to take the "band" off stage. I can see where the staging would appear too crowded otherwise.
  • Chills and Thrills
    I saw "Victorian Villains" at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and it was outstanding! The audience moves through the mansion as you are "in training" for a criminal science investigation team and learns the ins and outs through of the trade studying the traits of Jack the Ripper, Jekyl and Hyde, and the likes...all played by wonderful enactors. I hope the museum does this one again!
  • Hilary Hahn
    I saw the incredible recital at the Palladium by violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa. The 31-year old Hahn has taken on a most ambitious and interesting project - she commissioned 27 composers to write a piece for violin and piano between 2 and 5 minutes long. Throughout the program of the "Three Bs" - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms; she interspersed 13 of these pieces. Several were interesting, none were dreadful and a couple were tremendously beautiful. My favorite was Mercy by German composer Max Richter - it was beautifully melodic with a hint of Sibelius - definitely an important addition to the repertoire.
    Hahn's playing was inspiring and illuminating. The unaccompanied Bach was just stunning, especially in this wonderful acoustical environment. The chords were warm and lush, but the counterpoint was still distinct. This was one of the great performances I have heard, and I am really old and have heard a bunch of them. Speaking of being really old, another of the encores was based on the old 1980s electronic game Simon - very witty and entertaining, and it was a dazzling display of virtuosic technique by both pianist and violinist. Brahms and Beethoven were also well played. I would go back to hear this recital again today if the opportunity were there - riveting and inspired music making of the highest order.
  • The Way
    I saw The Way at the theatre last week. It was one of the films included in the Heartland Film Festival this year, written, produced, and directed by Emilio Estevez. It was a fantastic film, funny in parts and moving in others. As we walked out my fiance said "best film I've seen in a really long time" It is definitly worth watching.

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