You-review-it Monday

July 20, 2008
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So how was your weekend? Did you go through some "Transformations" with ShadowApe Theatre? Take a trip down the yellow brick robe to see "The Wiz"? Take in a Black Expo Summer Celebration concert? Check out Chakaia Booker's downtown artwork? Groove with Jason Mraz? Or did something else fill out your A&E schedule?

Tell, tell, tell.
  • Batman --> Imax
  • This wasn't technically the weekend, but we did see the film, An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrists. It's part of the IFF. They had a showing at the Mass Ave video. If you haven't seen a movie there, you should check it out. It's under an arboretum and is pretty cool. The Mass Ave Wine shop does some tasting pre-show and you can bring in drinks and snacks if you like. The film maker was in town and answered questions after the movie. It's a great movie and I recommend it. It's about a 20 something guy struggling with depression. He makes a list of things to do in a year and the movie is about him doing those things as well as dealing with something that happened in his childhood. It's moving, and sad, and funny -

    Here's the web link:
  • Might want to talk with Jennifer Whitson re: the Bodies controversy...interested in hearing your perspective on art and education vs. circus side-show.
  • Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Disney's High School Musical. Fun for the whole family!

    Also, Batman movie on Sunday night. Tres Bien.
  • I took your recommendation and took my mother to The Wiz. She'd seen the musical on stage before and it was always one of her favorites. I'd only ever seen the movie version, but always loved the music.

    ACT's version of The Wiz included some outstanding singing by the lead actors. The dancing was well performed, but there was a clear difference in skill level on the part of some of the young dancers. It was evident that those at the college level were far more proficient and sharp than the younger, high-school aged dancers. While all were technically proficient, the older dancers stood out as superior.

    ACT took a different spin on the original by casting performers without regard to race. Audiences expecting an all African American performance may be surprised to see the variety. I've noticed this trend is becoming more popular with theatres nationally and am pleased to see greater opportunities to showcase talent without regard to race.

    Audience participation was also a surprise in this version of Wiz. Kids in the audience were given hats and/or fans before the show and played the part of poppies and leaves as the cast walked through the audience poppy field. It really got the younger audience members involved in the show. Most of the kids even sat still and paid attention about 80% of the time.

    All in all, a great show for the family, despite some adult language.
  • On Saturday, I treated my husband to the Indiana Microbrew Festival. I was disappointed by the lack of organization of the entry lines and poor seperation of the gaming area. The organizers need to take a trip to Seattle next summer and learn how to run an event like this more efficiently.
  • We went to see Umphrey's McGee at The Lawn, and as always The Lawn provided the perfect setting for a concert. No biting bugs, a pretty sunset, great music. Even with the stinky hippies, it was a great night. (I can say that because I used to be one.) White River State Park is a treasure with so many options. It's always nice to see lots of people enjoying this area of Indy.
  • Saw TransFORMations last night at Butler. ShadowApe never disappoints! The show marries the poetry of Anne Sexton with Grimm's Fairy Tales. There is virtually no set; other than the lighting and projections it is all up to the skill of the five excellent actors.
    They are performing this weekend as well - Go see it!
  • I checked out Batman, and I'm gonna check it out again this coming weekend. It was simply stunning--and that's an understatement.

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