You-review-it Monday

January 23, 2012
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For me, A&E this weekend was limited to a trek through the "Turf" exhibition at the former Indiana State Museum. More on that soon.
 

For me, A&E this weekend was limited to a trip through the "Turf" art exhibition in the former Indiana State Museum. More on that in an upcoming column.

 What about you? Did you catch Christine Ebersole at the Studio Theatre? Dance Kaleidoscope's "Super Soul"? "Radio Golf" at the IRT? (My thoughts on the latter here.)

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

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  • Royal Philharmonic
    I attended the concert of the Royal Philharmonic at the Palladium. Music Director Charles Dutoit was mesmerizing to watch and the orchestra was just brilliant. The first half was the Mozart Symphony 39 and the strings had the unanimity of approach of a fine quartet. The woodwinds and horns sparkled through the transparent texture created by the strings. Dutoit led a wonderfully nuanced performance that was subtle yet distinctive. The second half of the concert was the extremely popular Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony. The much larger orchestra used for this late Romantic period work was such a contrast to the forces used for the Classical era Mozart symphony, and the motivic development in both works made the pairing a logical and artistic success. Again Dutoit brought out all of the subtle shadings and slight tempo variations that are needed for this work to sparkle. The beloved horn solo in the second movement was beautifully played. My sole criticism is that the trombones overpowered the trumpets in this work. It was a truly memorable concert, and it was the first time that I have gotten to see a live concert conducted by Charles Dutoit.
  • I second that Turf
    Turf is really cool for two reasons: the variety of the pieces in the show, and the opportunity to see the old City Hall and talk of what may be.
  • Company at CCP
    I attended the opening night of Carmel Community Players' "Company", directed by Willie Wood. I'm a fan of the show to start with, and this production blew my mind. It was truly incredible! The actors all did such an amazing job, it was hardly like watching a show. It was more like a window into the characters' lives-- exactly how theatre should be. "Company" plays through the next two weekends... check out times and ticket information on carmelplayers.org. I recommend reserving tickets- they sell out!
  • New Fan of Carmel's "Company"
    I saw “Company” at Carmel Community Playhouse. I went knowing very little about the show or the theatre – in fact, I went solely to support my friend, Gail Payne. She, of course, was spectacular (yes, I’m biased, but she was very good). Actually, the whole cast was amazing and the production was great. I left a new fan and look forward to following the rest of their season. www.carmelplayers.org
  • Christine Ebersole -- We didn't want it to end!
    Christine Ebersole's cabaret at The Studio at the Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday was the best evening of entertainment I've enjoyed outside of Manhattan. Ebersole's voice is crystal bliss. Her songs were unexpected, fun, heartbreaking and pristinely sung And what is so rare about Ebersole is her brilliant acting comes through in the performing of the songs so its way beyond mere singing. And then you get the gifted comedian in the package, as well. Along with some rare and wonderful selections from the American Song Book she sang a couple of songs from her Tony award winnings show, 42nd Street, and a stunning meld of some of the best songs from Grey Gardens, the show for which she won her second Tony. Songs were wonderfully woven together with sweet stories from her life and her family. And when she called on her 'Edie Beale' to share a life lesson in The Road Not Taken, she brought down the house. My friends and I did not want this lovely and intimate night to end!
  • Groupon
    My entertainment for the weekend consisted of a last minute Groupon deal for the Street Drum Corps at Clowes Hall. I had seen them listed in the Clowes season guide but hadn't heard of them and wasn't sure I wanted to risk my entertainment dollars on something I just didn't know anything about. Then along came a Groupon email with a deep discount. So, I got on you tube and checked them out. I decided to risk it because mom loves drums -- from Kodo to Stomp.

    Mom read online that they did audience participation in the show, so when she went to cash in my Groupon for tickets, she made sure to get seats on the aisle. She even went so far as to bring her own drumsticks (from Blast) just in case she got picked to go on stage. Mom got her chance to go on stage and play her own drum solo.

    Conceptually, Street Drum Corps is a participatory, family-friendly version of Stomp with a punk-style. The latter half of the show, included singing, which was completely drowned out by the drums. Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time the acoustics at Clowes have left me wondering about dialogue and lyrics.

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