You-review-it Monday

November 7, 2011
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For me, the weekend included the rolling world premiere of "Jericho" at the Phoenix Theatre. (What's a rolling world premiere? Well, the Phoenix is part of a network where new plays get productions staged at multiple theaters with different casts, directors, etc.) More on the play here or in my column soon.

Also in the weekend-that-was: Indianapolis Opera's double-bill of one-act, one-singer operas. More on that later as well.

I also took a trek around the lake at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acres Art & Nature Park, shot some hoops on "Free Basket," and perhaps violating the intent of the work, threw a football around inside the "Park of the Laments."

And I spent car time listening to some new Indy-artist CDs for an upcoming column (feel free to send me a note if you have any to recommend).

And you?

Did you gallery hop for First Friday? Join Rodgers and Hammerstein with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Go to a Spirt & Place event?

What did you hear, see or do this weekend?

Your thoughts?

  • Indianapolis Opera
    I attended the Indianapolis Opera this weekend as well, and both performances were outstanding. Julia Child was charming and witty and A Water Bird Talk was complex and beautifully staged! Bravo to Indianapolis Opera for taking risks!
  • great weekend
    opera on Sunday-First Friday on Fri. Both wonderful events. also Stand up for Families on Saturday. also very inspiring.
  • The Crucible
    A little off the beaten path, but Park Tudor did a solid job with Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" last weekend. A clear, well paced and nuanced production with excellent production values and persuasive lead performances. The final scene was very simply played and just gut-wrenching. Super job.
  • Ray Davies Vogue
    Rock and roll icon- not sold out? Unbelievable but true. THe show was full of Kinks standards and they rocked. The back up band , the 88, and Ray's Irish friend- guitar vituoso- can't remember his name-, made you think it was the Kinks all there- but without all the angst and things breaking. For $35, you could not have had a better night out at club, non smoking and seeing one of the famous men in rock and roll. RAy is 68 and by the looks of the crowd, there were people there that were his age or older.Will you be able to say that you sang " Lola", " All of the night..." " DAvid Watts" along with Dave 10 feet away from you having a great time? Well, I know I can.
  • 1 satisfaction, 1 regret
    I saw "Jericho" at the Phoenix on Friday night and loved it! I will be interested to read your thoughts on it, Lou. I am STILL thinking about its layers, days later. I would like to see it again if I can.

    On Sunday I intended to find my way to Park Tudor's theatre space for the first time because I knew someone in their production of "The Crucible" and I had never seen that classic performed before. Unfortunately, I did not feel well when I woke up Sunday morning, so I thought it would be wiser for me to stay in bed all day. I am glad to read here that it was the treat I had expected...but also even more sorry that I missed it! Anyway, thanks for writing about it, John.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Wow!
    Attended Indianapolis Opera's two intimate one-act operas...all I can say is "WOW!"
  • first friday
    didnt get to spend enough time with the good work i saw, but i made it to the Murphy building to see a lot of herron alum. none of the shows were hyped up too much so it was, for a nice change, about the work. Casey Roberts' solo show was a usual mix of melancholic colors and humor, perfect for the season, using his unique personalized serigraph technique. Corey Robinson displayed his uber-natural/future-sharp furniture work right next door: great dark colors and a command of wrestling geometry out of natures textile.
    the Shared Heritage space (no herron kids, all ball state) were showing off the ltd ed. art book FSDC (fountain square dont care): photo, absurdist painting, savant drawing all in a newspaper limited to 50 issues.
    Big Car is hosting one hell of a show about John Waters in preparation of his visit to the Walker later this month - amazing group show displaying some pretty hilarious work.
    not a batch of work for everyone, but totally why Art in indy is talked about outside of 465.
  • Luna Negra Dance Theatre
    On Friday night at Clowes Hall we were treated to an outstanding program of contemporary dance by Luna Negra Dance Theatre from Chicago. Three pieces from different choreographers provided the platform for exhilarating and creatively diverse performances by the beautifully trained dancers. All in all, it added up to one of the most exciting experiences that I have had in the theatre in quite a few years! Thank you, Clowes!

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