You-review-it Monday

August 17, 2008
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I spend more time than I expected to this weekend soaking up Gen Con--including a performance of "Video Games Live" with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. More on the concert--and some great family board games I discovered--in this week's print column. (See this week's reviews of Beef & Board's "The Producers" and the IU Maureen McGovern concert at www.ibj.com/arts).

I also served as emcee for an evening of pub trivia at Pat Flynn's to benefit the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. (FYI if your not-for-profit is looking for a host, panel member, judge, etc., drop me an e-mail at lharry@ibj.com. Given the schedule here, I can't promise anything, but I try to help whenever possible.)

So what were you up to this weekend? Did you catch "American Teen"? The last weekend of Theatre on the Square's outrageous "Scientology Pageant"? Or maybe Gregory Hancock's "Superhero" revisit?

 Tell.
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  • We saw The Dark Knight on Friday. It was a very intense movie and kept me riveted the whole time. Heath Ledger gives an amazing, disturbing, funny, frightening performance as the Joker. His Joker makes Jack Nicholson's look like a clown. I had read some reviews that mentioned the husky voice of Batman and I have to say I think it was a wee bit over the top. Other than that, I thought the movie was excellent.

    Sunday we saw the Gingerbread Lady at Center Stage in Lebanon. I think they have one of the nicest community theaters. We enjoyed the play. I think the fist act might've dragged a little but the 2nd and 3rd were very good. Someone mentioned to me that the blocking looked a little wooden in some parts, but I'm not that technical. I enjoyed the play and thought it was well written and there were many funny quips to lighten the mood in the heavier parts. All the actors to me seemed quite strong and had good chemisty together. It's running through next weekend if anyone is interested in taking it in.
  • I went to the BlogIndiana conference - it was fabulous!
  • I agree: the Blog Indiana conference was EXCELLENT. (And Stacy, it was fun meeting you!)

    Lou, I found myself mentioning your blog quite a bit to other conference-goers, by the way.

    Because I was at the 2-day conference, I only went to one show: The Dastardly Ficus and Other Comedic Tales of Woe & Misery, by Emily Schwartz. It was presented by the Spotlight Players in Beech Grove. It was bizarre and fun: an American gothic story.

    I also started reading PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, a new novel by Geraldine Brooks (Viking 2008.) It is about a rare book expert who gets to work on a newly-found, long-thought-lost, Haggadah (a Jewish book used during Passover ceremonies.) The novel goes back and forth in time, and through Bosnia, Venice, Boston, and maybe other places, as the expert tries to figure out where the book has been.

    I am not doing a good job of explaining how entrancing a story it is.

    Firewoman, thanks for telling about The Gingerbread Lady. I wish I had time to go see that! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • Your performance of the emcee honors for HART's Trivia Night was far above and beyond the call of duty, Lou. You truly made the event lively and entertaining, and kept people laughing and puzzling for three solid hours. We're going to have to get you back whenever we do this in the future!

    Thanks,
    Brian
    (Brian G. Hartz, Board Vice President, Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre)

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