You-review-it Monday

October 31, 2011
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For me, the weekend included Actors Theatre of Indiana's redo of the theater-spoofing "Forbidden Broadway," Angel Burlesque's spirited Halloween strip show, and some movie screenings in my role as a jurist for this year's Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival (coming to the IMA and IUPUI Nov. 11-13).

Hmm...I didn't realize until now that there was something of a "forbidden" theme at work in my choices.

Anyway, did you get to any of the above? Or catch the Indiana Author's festivities at the Central Library, the opening of Jericho  at the Phoenix Theatre, one of many shows at the Palladium, or something else Halloween related?

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

Your thoughts?  

  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen
    We took in the abridged version of Julius Caesar at IRT on Friday evening. It is an abbreviated run - with only a couple more shows available. I highly recommend it! The language remained true to Shakespear with the costumes being updated to modern day with suits the major garb. The talent was well...talented. The story very engaging. The set was simple yet grounded the action. The production is be presented to thousands of students - and they are the luckier for having seen this story in such an engaging manner.
  • Munich and Mozart
    I heard excellent performances of Schoenberg's Transfigured Night and Mozart's Requiem Friday night at the Palladium. The Munich Symphony was conducted by Phillipe Entremont in a lush and dramatic Transfigured Night - his famous early work that was before his serial atonal days. The drama of the poem on which it is based (wisely included in the program) was brought out to great effect. The orchestra arrived late in Indy and only got a few minutes to play in the Palladium prior to the concert, so if there was a flaw, it was that they did not get a chance to work the extremely soft end of the dynamic spectrum - one of the acoustical strengths of the hall. The Mozart was wonderfully sung by a choir from Boston, the excellent ensemble Gloria Dei Cantores, who performed the work from memory. The four soloists did a nice job, and it was terrific to hear the orchestra use the two basset horns called for by Mozart. Most performances substitute clarinet, which does not have the low register of the original. The famous trombone solo in the Tuba Mirum was very well done. I was extremely impressed by the timpanist, who used a pair of classical style timpani, yet achieved great variety of sound by selecting several pairs of sticks of varying hardness and softness. The balance between choir and orchestra was a bit off at the start, but got better after a couple of movements - again this was probably a result of the late arrival and lack of rehearsal time in the hall. Appropriately enough, Amadeus was playing at the Tarkington just south of the Palladium.

    I was involved in the performance of the Indiana Wind Symphony (in costume!) at the Palladium on Sunday, so I will leave others to comment on that concert. I will say that it was exciting to perform Michael Schelle's new work (just its second ever performance) The End of the World. The audience reception was enthusiastic and I heard many good comments about the work from audience members after the concert.

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