You-review-it Monday

November 30, 2008
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So did you get to "A Christmas Carol Unscripted" at ComedySportz? Check out "Australia" at the multiplex? Hear Sam Harris and the Indianapolis Children's Choir at Pike Performing Arts Center? Or just veg out in front of the TV and watch "Elf" (probably the best holiday movie of the past 20 years)?

For me, besides the usual turkey day activities, the weekend included watching "Elf" (see above), attending the opening night of the American Cabaret Theatre's "A Country Cabaret Christmas" revue, taking a family trip to the Eiteljorg Museum to see "Our Land" (okay, and to play in the stagecoach), and a start on reading Wes Gehring's new biography "Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask."

(FYI: Gehring will be one of about 90 writers at next Saturday's Indiana Author Fair at the Indiana Historical Society. I will, too. Stop by and say hello.)

So what was on your plate this weekend? And what did you think?
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  • I finally was able to see the Evil Dead Musical at its penultimate showing. The show was fantastic and an insane amount of fun. One of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had at the theatre.

    I also saw Synecdoche, New York at Landmark and was amazed by it. I knew going in that this was going to be a unique Kaufman movie, but I was moved by this man's tale more than I thought I would be. Sadly, I left the theatre with a lot of people speaking poorly of the movie, but I do hope that people see it and don't automatically dismiss it for being too weird.
  • Yay! Austin, I'm glad you got to see Evil Dead: the Musical before it closed!

    I had to work at my day job this weekend, so although I saw three shows, I have only had time to blog about one of them so far. I'll get to the other two eventually, of course. In the meantime, here are the short versions:

    This Wonderful Life at the IRT is OMG wonderful. I wish I had time to see it again. And again.

    A Beef and Boards Christmas at B&B Dinner Theatre is an enjoyable, family-friendly evening for several reasons, but hearing Gerald Atkins sing made me really sit up and take notice.

    On Thin Ice: A Very Phoenix Xmas 3 is a fun collection of short pieces presented by a talented ensemble and, just like its advertising says, unlike any other Christmas show. Playwright Carrie Fedor's contribution is...well, let's just say that people were still cackling over it long after it ended, and I heard a woman behind me say, I can't believe they SHOWED it!

    But one treat for me this weekend was completely unexpected. My friend Chris and I were people-watching at the opening night reception at the IRT. Do you see anyone you know? I asked him.

    Yes, he said. That man over there is David Hochoy.

    What?! I said. Where?!

    Do you know him?

    Not at all, but I feel as if I do from reading his comments on Lou's blog! He's the Dance Kaleidoscope guy, right? Do you know him?

    Chris did, and so I got to meet David Hochoy!

    And so now I am looking forward to seeing his Magical Mystery Tour program for DK in January.

    Thanks again for your blog, Lou. (And thanks, David, for your gracious answers to my many questions!)

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • I enjoyed another TOTS treat this weekend-Christmas Belles . If you want two hours of laughter then this is the show to see.I'll be writing my Indiana Auditions review on it later this week.
  • I have read Gehring's book. I am interested in what you think about it.
  • We caught the Lion King last night. I've seen it before and it is one of my all-time favorites, (and not just because the original movie came out the year I met my husband and our song is Can you feel the love tonight?)

    The opening scene is always awe inspiring. The costumes are incredible and unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. Lion King is like combining Cirque du Soleil, Children's Theatre, African tribal song and dance and good ol' Disney magic.

    That said, I was disappointed by the tour - or rather the Murat. I have season tickets and did an extra-seat exchange within the deadline, but the seats I got were the LAST ROW. We wanted balcony to see the full view of the stage better, but that far in the back we couldn't see much of what was going on. Then my poor mother (4' 10) couldn't see over the person in front of her. Fortunately, being in the back, she could stand up and see, but she shouldn't have to.

    We were disappointed by several sound quality glitches. Nala couldn't be heard at all in some scenes and other scenes had the sound cut in and out on the actors.

    At the end of the show, the actors did the annual Broadway Cares fundraiser. Now that is always a highlight for me to talk to the cast and make a contribution to a terrific charity. They sold autographed show posters for a $20 donation this year. Who can resist? Bring a $20 bill and plan to donate when you go. It's definitely worthwhile and you'll go home with a song in your heart and a special keepsake.

    Finally, if you like the music from the musical that is not in the movie, check out the CD Rhythm of the Pride Lands by Lebo M - the CD from which the musical took many of its songs which was inspired by the original movie. The tunes are the same but with the original African lyrics. Awesome CD, and yes, it's on my iPod.

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