You-review-it Monday

September 1, 2008
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I don't expect there to be many visitors here today--which I hope means you are enjoying the long weekend.

Still, whether you are checking in Monday or Tuesday (or beyond), let me know what you've seen, read or experienced this weekend.

As for me, I finally got around the seeing the most recent James Bond film, read some of the Michael Chabon non-fiction book "Maps and Legends," and somehow wound up not going to any of the final weekend of Indy Fringe.

You?

P.S. Make sure to check out the A&E Season Preview in the current issue of IBJ, available now at a newsbox on a corner near you.
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  • Brent McCoy-Clown At Work-If he comes back next year, take your kids. If my granddaughter can sit still by then I plan on taking her. If you go Lou, I think you may need some caution tape.

    Confessions of A Fringe Technician-Saw it three times-paid once. Much,much funnier after two actors quit the show and two people had to perform a four character script. It was theatre without a net and a good example of turning a very bad situation into a better show. Unfortunately the crowds never came.

    Stand Up Monkey Poet and Phil the Void- Cutting edge comedy with a message.

    Volunteering for the Fringe- Sometimes a show in itself. Especially when people don't quite grasp the concept of the Backer Buttons.
  • I'm online here on Monday morning, procrastinating about writing the last of my own Fringe reviews. Lou, I just read what you wrote in summary of the Fringe, here:

    http://www.ibj.com/html/detail_page_Full.asp?content=19316

    I _LOVE_ this article! Thank you for so eloquently expressing what makes the Fringe so intriguing.

    As for what I saw this weekend, I did go back to the Fringe, and of course I will be writing all about it on my own blog, but I want to mention here as well the Kenyatte Dance Company. They were part of the FringeNext offerings. (I.e., most of the members are high school students or recent graduates.)

    Their Speaking Without Words show was AMAZING. I don't have the vocabulary to even try to write about dance, so I'll just say that they left me weeping and exhilerated.

    Their young choreographer, Nicholas A. Owens, told me later that Dance Kaleidascope has asked him to be a guest choreographer for their March 2009 show. Very exciting.

    Hope Baugh - www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • FYI: Kenyatte will be performance at the Penrod Art Fair this year.
  • Jim,
    I did see Clown at Work this year. Reviewed it on the blog and spoke about it on Fox 59 as one of th shows I saw that I thought highly of. Enjoy it very much and hope he makes it back next year.
    Lou
  • I attended both Kenyetta Dance Company and Moved on Sunday at ACT. They were both very well crafted and performed, and I was impressed that the respective choreographers Nick Owens and Jacquelyn Vigin were taking chances and experimenting with form. It's always tremendously inspiring when younger talent steps up to the plate, so I say Bravo to them both!
  • A day working on the graphics for an annual report - but with the tennis Open on allthe time. I did grill a nice dinner of BBQ pork chops, corn on the cob (grilled with husk on of course), green beans cooked in my cast iron skillet on the grill too. And several slices of homegrown tomatoes. I'll probably treat myself to some vanilla ice cream with strawberries and chocolate syrup in a bit. There are advantages to having a studio at home.
  • Brent does intend on coming back next year and he dropped a bombshell on me as he left the closing party.... (oh in the wee hours of the am Monday). Watch for the piece he will be working on with his a-dor-a-ble wifey!
  • I spent my weekend at Fringe -

    Monkey Poet

    Loved it! Great comedy / poetry. Loved the raunchy with the the though provoking / political.

    Phil the Void

    Loved it too! I'm not a big fan of stand up comedy type acts, but I found when intelligent AND funny I love it!

    Babbling Banshees

    I thought this one was very well acted and written. I would say that the story telling parts went on a little long for me, but the the main story was very good. My only other complaint would be the fact that Comedy Sportz seemed to have a problem with their air conditioning. Some shows were nearly unbearable due to the heat and I can't even imagine how bad it was for the actors under the lights. Yes the accents were thick, but it wasn't distracting to me really and I enjoyed the show.

    Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana

    I heard nothing but good things about this one from several friends so we decided to check it out. I went with two other friends and none of us really cared much for the show. I thought it was a sweet story and parts of of were very moving (I cried!) but for me the fairy tale parts were too long and lost my attention. I think he was very good in the role but it just wasn't my cup of tea, so to speak.

    Birdman

    I have no idea what to say about this one. I'm still not even sure I liked it. It was different for sure.

    Wicked Dreams Pleasant Nightmares

    I'm not much for dance either, but I really loved this show and thought it was very well done. I liked it so much, I saw it twice!

    I regret that I missed Jealous Sky and Moved but I just didn't have enough time to see everything.

    Congrats to all the Fringe performers and volunteers for all their hard work! I think it's great there were nearly 10,000 in attendance this year and I hope it only continues to grow!

    Special thanks to Ralph and his wonderful items for sale at the ACT. We stopped and looked and bought something every chance we could! Got some new fabulous 70's clothes and an awesome vintage coat!
  • Absolutely nothing Fringe-related, but we did see the great documentary, American Teen at the Landmark (Keystone Arts) over the weekend. I give it two big thumbs up. For those not familiar, filmmakers spent a school year ('05-'06) with seniors at Warsaw HS in Warsaw, Indiana, and have pulled it together into a really interesting and somewhat insightful -- at least from the fly on the wall perspective -- look at mostly 5 kids. Yeah, they did focus on the jock, the nerd, the freak and the popular girl in a sort of Breakfast Club way, but it was totally engaging from start to finish. Frankly, I'm guessing the info in this is transferrable to almost any HS in the country.

    Don't know how long it's going to be here in town. Check it out!
  • Thanks Marni,
    My thoughts on American Teen are here: http://www.ibj.com/html/detail_page_Full.asp?content=19068

    Lou
  • I went to Chicago and saw ALICE at the Lookingglass Theatre. I loved it! Their upcoming season looks great. I hope I can attend more of their shows.
  • For those who don't know the theater Lamb is refering to, more info on Lookingglass can be found at http://lookingglasstheatre.org/ . The upcoming season includes Our Town with company member David Schwimmer and The Arbian Knight adapated and directed by Mary Zimmerman.
    --Lou

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