You-review-it Monday

August 25, 2008
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As you can see from the previous three posts, I spent most of the weekend on and around Mass Ave soaking up IndyFringe. It was great to see such strong crowds out. The festival continues through Aug. 31 and while I haven't had the best of luck so far, there have been some winners--and plenty more to try. See my reviews here, here and here.

So what did you do this weekend?
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  • I spent most of the weekend at the Fringe, too. And when I wasn't seeing shows or writing about them myself, I loved reading your insights on the shows you saw, Lou. I know you have a lot to do, covering the various art scenes in Indy, so I always especially appreciate it when you cover theatre.

    'Speaking of theatre, I took 2-3 hours off from the Fringe on Sunday afternoon and learned how to be a judge for the Encore Association.

    Encore (http://www.encoreassociation.net/) is a group of 11 all-volunteer theatres from around central Indiana who are dedicated to developing and maintaining excellence in community theatre. As part of that mission, the group runs an awards program. They asked me to be a judge this year. I came away from the judges' orientation feeling very impressed with the fairness of the process. One of these days, I will write more about this process on my own blog.

    I agree completely (!) with something you said in an earlier post, Lou, about the importance of the presence of fluorishing professional (paid) theatres if a city wants to be known for its arts, but I also admire the folks who enhance the community feeling in their towns through putting on shows.

    I hope there will always be both professional and amateur theatre for me to go to in the Indy area. I'm selfish that way. :-)

    Okay, now back to the Fringe. There are three nightly time slots for shows during the week!

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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