You-review-it Monday 3/31

March 31, 2008
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This whirlwind of a weekend (if you count Thursday) included a "Showboat" revisit at Beef & Boards, a play I won’t be discussing here on Friday night, and a run to the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on Saturday (if you haven’t gone, put a big circle around the month of March on your 2009 calendar).

Slip in some reading, a trip to the Children’s Museum for another look at "Frog and Toad" and a revisit to one of my favorite films, Terrence Mallick’s "Days of Heaven" and, well, life is good.

I’ll be writing about some or all of the above in this week’s blogs and in my IBJ column.

For now, though, let us know what you heard, saw and did these last few days.

And remember to drop a note to me at if you are interested in joining us for the next IBJ Night at the Movies next Monday. The film: "Smart People."
  • Hah! Well, _I_ can discuss Friday night's play, right? Lou, I really enjoyed the world premiere of your and Eric Pfeffinger's new play, A Midwestern Hemisphere as produced by the Heartland Actors' Reportory Theatre in the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

    I wrote about it at length, of course, in my own blog. Here is a link directly to the post:

    I am looking forward to reading your take on this year's Humana Festival.

    I started reading a book called DOG MAN: AN UNCOMMON LIFE ON A FARAWAY MOUNTAIN, by Martha Sherrill (Penguin Press 2008.)

    It is very readable nonfiction, about a man and his wife in northern, rural Japan who secretly kept an Akita dog during World War Two when other people were eating these dogs or selling them to the Japanese militia to use their thick pelts to line uniforms. After the war ended, there were only a handful of this now beloved breed left in the world.

    I am more interested in the details of daily life in pre- and post-war Japan, but the dog details are surprisingly interesting, too.

    Hey, Lou, congratulations again on your wonderful new play. :-)

    Hope Baugh
  • The only thing I saw this weekend's was Lou's new play, so I suppose I must talk about it :) Great job, Lou! We enjoyed the very funny look at Midwestern neighborhoods. My personal high points centered on Rebekkah's obsession with People magazine, her unneccessary British accent during the play within a play, and the jokes about her always sitting down. Believe me, you need to see the play to understand...

  • Another reviewer for The Play That Won't Be Named Here. We loved Lou's (and Eric's) Midwestern Hemisphere. Lots of laughs, some slick word play, astute observations of Midwestern suburbia, and flat-out wonderful performances. And who knew the Artsgarden was such a great place to see a play? Seriously, go see it. Enjoy it. And tell an average of 2.5 friends.
  • I went to the Fringe Friday event in support of my friend Amy Pettinella who wrote the short play (or play in one act) Home. I thought it was fantastic. It was a play about a man in a nursing home and one of his grandchildren visiting him. It was funny and sad and a topic that most people have dealt with at one time or another. It was wonderfully acted by Amy, and Greg Browning who is always amazing! I also enjoyed the musical group Tonas Triad and Deborah Asante's story about kissing a frog -

    In movie news, I finally saw the Other Boleyn Girl. It was okay. It was entertaining for awhile, but definately not a movie that really sticks with you. I also watched at home, The Glen Miller Story. I've seen it before, but the end never fails to make me cry. I think June Allison and Jimmy Stewart are great in it.

    Book wise, I'm reading Drowning Ruth. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile and I hadn't even looked at it. It's actually quite good and keeps me very interested.

    And that's it!

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