You-review-it Monday

February 15, 2009
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For me, the weekend included the tour of "Movin' Out" at the Murat, "Crime and Punishment" at the IRT (more on this outstanding production in next week's print IBJ), and Michael Feinstein with the Indianapolis Symphony (see previous blog post).

Did you catch any of these? Or were you busy with Butler's Midwinter Dance Festival, the comedy group Three Dollar Bill at the ComedySportz arena, or the last weekend for "Durang-O-Rama"?

Whatever you saw, heard, or otherwise experienced this weekend, let us know what you thought.
  • I caught Crime and Punishment Sunday night. I was weeping at the end, and stood up to applaud.

    I also enjoyed Cats at Beef'n'Boards. I had never seen Cats before. I took an acquaintance just because I thought I would enjoy her company, but as it turned out, she was a Cats afficionado from way back! So I learned a lot from her about the show. That was an unexpected treat.

    I will write about both of these shows on my own blog this week.

    I also judged an Encore community theatre show, but I am not allowed to write about that.

    I also read three books. I'll write about them here later, if I get time on my dinner break at my day job.

    But Lou, guess what? This morning I found my copy of THE X-MAS MEN: AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF HOLIDAY ESSAYS, edited by Lou Harry and Todd Tobias! It was fun to meet both of you at the Authors' Fair at the Indiana History Center last fall. I had had to set the book aside while I frantically read Lincoln books and Alex contenders to meet January deadlines...and I confess that I put the X-MAS book in a not urgent pile and forgot about it. 'Sorry about that!

    I am looking forward to reading it this week.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • PS - I didn't get a chance to post in your You Review It thread at all last Monday, so I hope you won't mind me saying that I saw and loved The Seafarer at the Phoenix when it opened on February 5. It runs through Saturday, February 28.

    Wait. Didn't I see you there, too? Have I missed your review of it? Let me go look at the main page of the IBJ....

    Ah, yes. There it is, in with the review of the Symphony premiere.

    Good food for thought. I didn't see Sharkey as completely passive. He chooses to submit to Mr. Lockhart's collection of his soul because his sense of honor tells him that a promise is a promise. Yet when he does convey his regret, God forgives him, and saves him.

    That is what is so heartbreaking to me about Mr. Lockhart. Just tell God you're sorry! I wanted to say to him. But he is too proud to do that. And therefore eternally alone, eternally unloved.

    Okay, if I don't get off this computer right now, I will have to say I'm sorry for being late! to my co-workers, and that is definitely getting old for all of us.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • We were thoroughly entranced by the lecture given by artist Sid Mead at The IMA on Friday evening before viewing Bladerunner the Director's cut followed by an engrossing question and answer session with Mr. Mead. What a wonderful evening!

    On Saturday we enjoyed the matinee performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. I would have to agree with other reviews and admit to finding it difficult to always understand the children due to over projection and accents, but we enjoyed the production despite the distraction. After the show we were lucky to catch a bar seat at The Weber Grill for a tastey dinner.

    And on Sunday we partook of a lovely brunch at The Garrison at Fort Ben. Always a pleasant dining experience.

    A wonderfully full valentine's weekend of art, entertainment and fine dining.
  • Saw Crime & Punishment on opening night (Friday 2/13). My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. A terrific adaptation. The story, set & actors meshed so perfectly. Better than many of the main-stage productions I've seen, but it is the small upper-stage venue actually adds to the experience.
  • Hope, I am curious about your friend's opinion of Cats at B&B. B&B tends to trim out the fluff and present a minimalist show - still good, but not as extravagant as the bigger venue's can pull off. I wonder if your friend thought anything was lost by being at B&B or if the smaller venue enhanced the show.

    I've seen Cats several times - lost count years ago - and I think the set plays as big a role as the cast, like the rotating stage of Les Miz. I was hesitant to go see it at B&B because I was afraid of being disappointed.
  • My wife and I saw both Crime & Punishment and Movin Out over Valentine weekend. I think both were terrific. I normally dislike dance, but the work done in Movin Out is the most entertaining I have ever seen. C & P was particularly interesting to me as I have just been reading about Darwin and “Origin of Species”. Dostoyevsky wrote C & P only a few decades after O of S and “The Communist Manefesto” came out. His repudiation of the line of thinking they inspired was at least 50 years ahead of its time. My wife was particularly happy with the staging of C & P. It flowed well and the actors were quite compelling.
  • Barbara, my review of Cats is now up on my blog. (Lou, thanks, as always, for letting me tell people about my blog via your blog!)

    Unfortunately, I never asked my companion your question directly, but she did comment that B&B had made good use of their space. We didn't talk much about the set itself in comparison to other sets she had seen, I guess mostly because I immediately loved the B&B set (designed and lit by Michael Layton.)

    Anyway, I hope you get a chance to see the B&B production yourself. I would love to know your opinion, too!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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