You-review-it Monday

September 15, 2008
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It seemed like theater was everywhere this weekend--and I caught as much of it as I could, with visits to the Phoenix Theatre's "November," Indianapolis Civic Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors," and Actors Theatre of Indiana's "Perfect Wedding." More on those in this next week's print column (past reviews can be found at www.ibj.com). Also found time for "Burn After Reading," the new Coen brothers film.

So what did you get to over the past few days? Join the crowd the Kenny Chesney concert? Catch the multiple kitties at Theatre on the Square? Visit the multiplex? Visit the Indianapolis Art Center's faculty show? Or just have an in-house date night for the season opener of "Saturday Night Live"?

Your thoughts?

Oh, and in case you missed it, there's a lively blog discussion going on here regarding last week's post about David Mamet's comments on acting schools. A number of local theater notables have chimed in. Check it out--and add your thoughts.
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  • What about the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's opening gala? What a concert! Not only was the food and drink beforehand great, and the hall beautifully decorated, but the music was superb. Mario, the musicians, and the staff/administration at the ISO deserve big kudos for such a great show!
  • November and Kitty, Kitty, Kitty! both made me laugh hard for different reasons.

    I'll look forward to reading your (Lou's) thoughts on Perfect Wedding and Little Shop. I hope to see and write about each of them before their runs end, too.

    I saw the Garfield Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet outside at Garfield Park. I was disappointed that the sound system was not better - I will not be reviewing that show because I really couldn't hear it well enough to talk about it, even when I sat near the front - but I am glad that that community theatre company plans to do more shows there in the future.

    What is it about Shakespeare in the out-of-doors?

    I also attended the Spotlight Players' annual picnic at their new location on Main Street in Beech Grove. The renovation of the old Bealls department store into a theatre is coming along! Spotlight board members Jeremy Tuterow and Jim LaMonte told me that donations are still very welcome. See www.spotlight-players.org for more info.

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • RUN, don't walk to the Civic' theater's Little Shop of Horrors. What a performance. Scott Greenwell nailed the role of Seymore despite sound system issues. Mikayla Reed's Audrey kept her crazy accent even during the musical numbers. And Audrey II-- movements' orchestrated by a Roncalli sophomore and a great musical castmember! Many of the audience clearly were seeing Little Shop for the first time and enjoyed the zany plot completely as evidenced by their laughter.
    Get there early as the parking lot was overflowing into the back lot.
  • I saw Actors Theatre of Indiana's Perfect Wedding on opening night, and had a blast. The well-rounded and talented cast succeeded in bringing a somewhat bewildering script to life with style and (obviously) humor. Cindy Collins as the chambermaid deserves special mention- hilarious. Like Frog & Toad (the only other ATI show I've seen) production values were high: the set, costumes, and props all looked great.
    Perfect Wedding is playing at Pike Center; an immense space to try to fill. I hope the audiences are larger for the rest of the run (through September 21).
    I laughed a lot and enjoyed myself for 2 hours. What more could one ask from an evening of farcical theatre?
  • Hmmm. Garrison is also the last name of one of the Perfect Wedding cast members. Any relation? (We're into full disclosure around here.)
    Of course, it could be just a coincidence.
    Lou

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