You-review-it Monday

January 25, 2009
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Greetings from New York.

My weekend included catching three Broadway shows (I'll be reviewing them in the print IBJ this week) and reading a chunk of Dennis Lahane's novel "The Given Day" while on the trains back and forth to New Jersey.

So what did I miss in Indy? What did you brave the cold to catch at local theaters, music venues, and museums? Or did you just stay home with a good movie?

Your thoughts?
  • Crazy--I (+ friends) were in New York this past week too! We saw Billy Elliot, In The Heights, and Altar Boyz. All incredible. If you're unfamiliar w/ the first two, educate yourselves!
  • (laughing) Lou, your weekends are ending earlier and earlier! Isn't this still Sunday afternoon? I still have time to see a matinee and the 5:00 at TOTS!

    But I'm looking forward to reading your Broadway reviews. Thanks for the info about the ACT and Beckmann, too, in previous posts. I had been wondering.

    Zach, I'm glad you guys made it home safely!

    Hope Baugh -
  • I recently saw Oscar-nominated, Golden-Globe winner The Wrestler, featuring Mickey Rourke in a career-saving performance and directed by the always-dependable Darren Aronofsky. In it, Rourke plays Randy The Ram, a washed-up professional wrestler, once great in the 80s, now working at the deli counter. He thinks he has a girlfriend in a stripper he knows (Marisa Tomei), and she may like him, but she treats him as just another customer. We go backstage to wrestling shows, see the wrestlers prepare, then see how they perform. Aronofsky handles all of it with a no-holds-barred attitude. The film is gritty, sometimes brutal, and quite real. I won't give away the ending, but you will cheer by the time it's over.
  • We caught Don't Dress for Dinner at Beef & Boards. It was most of the same cast as last year's Run for Your Wife and much the same type of show - two men, three women, and a whole lot of lies and misdirection. Lots of laughs!
  • I saw Love Person at the Phoenix and highly recommend it. I believe it runs one more weekend. It features a lot of signing as well as spoken dialogue, but the acting is so well done (particularly by the three ladies) that you eventually just get absorbed into the story.

    I also think Bryan Fonseca should be commended for mounting this very challenging production. I even learned three new signs, two of which I can't repeat in this post. (The third is whatever.)
  • Saw Frost Nixon movie. It was solid. Very solid.
  • After a year's worth of reading and discussing a gazillion contenders, I helped select the winners of the Alex Award, which is given to up to ten books published in the previous year for adults but which also have appeal for teens.

    Nick Hornby calls the Alex the not boring book award.

    I blogged about the winners a teeny bit on my theatre reviews blog today, even though only one of the books is related to theatre. What can I say? The Alex was my main focus this past weekend, and I'm very proud of this year's list.

    Hope Baugh
  • PS - In case for some reason you can not get to my blog, here is a quick list of this year's Alex winners, announced just this morning:

    CITY OF THIEVES, by David Benioff (Viking Penguin)

    THE DRAGONS OF BABEL, by Michael Swanwick (Tor)

    FINDING NOUF, by Zoe Ferraris (Houghton Mifflin)

    THE GOOD THIEF, by Hannah Tinti (Dial)

    JUST AFTER SUNSET: STORIES, by Stephen King (Scribner)

    MUDBOUND, by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

    OVER AND UNDER, by Todd Tucker (St. Martin's Press)

    THE OXFORD PROJECT, by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein (Welcome Books)

    SHARP TEETH, by Toby Barlow (HarperCollins)

    THREE GIRLS AND THEIR BROTHER, by Theresa Rebeck (Random House)

    Hope Baugh
  • I saw Revolutionary Road...and can't get Frank and April Wheeler out of my mind! Not a happy movie by any means; but, an authentic one!
  • Just saw New in Town last night and it was very cute!!! Renee Zellwegger is good and sweet as always and Harry Connick Jr. has proven himself to be a talented singer and composer and always shines when he acts and shows those baby blues!!!
  • No shows this weekend - stayed closer to home, but I did get my submission into the Eitlejorg for their Women in Art show in March. There is still time to enter to participate - deadline is Feb 1st. I've not done the show before, but hope I am selected. It's one of my 2009 artistic goals to do more shows and perhaps get into a co-op.

    I started a new painting and did some more throwing in my ceramics class at the Art Center. What a great place to have in our city - if for no other reason than it allows you to carve out time from a busy schedule to get peaceful and attempt to create art.

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