You-review-it Monday

April 13, 2009
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It's that time again.

Time to chime in with your A&E experiences from the weekend. I had a three-day run of catching "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at the Phoenix Theatre, the launch of "Treasure Island" at Beef & Boards and the return of "The Most Happy Fella" to IU Opera.

How about you? Symphony? "Crowns" at the IRT? Or just the Hannah Montana movie?

Your thoughts?

Oh, and I just learned that IU Opera will be offering the first college production--and the first production in this region--of the recent Broadway musical "A Light in the Piazza." With Stephen Sondheim visiting at the end of the month and Indiana University Theatre staging "Oklahoma!"...plus Cardinal Stage presenting a talent-filled production of "Doubt," it looks like road trip planning is in order for those of you who enjoy theater.
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  • Cardinal Stage does some great stuff. This production includes Diane Kondrat and Millicent Wright, so a road trip is an excellent idea indeed!!!!
  • This past weekend was particularly satisfying in terms of theatre:

    “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot,” written by Jose Rivera and directed by Bryan Fonseca at the Phoenix Theatre: Sexy and odd, like a dream. I will never look at the moon - or war - in the same way again. Go see this if you are in the mood for something intriguing.

    “Crowns,” written by Regina Taylor and directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris at the Indiana Repertory Theatre: Exuberant! With gorgeous hats, gorgeous shoes, gorgeous voices. Go see this if you are in the mood for something uplifting.

    “Treasure Island,” written by Marc Robins (also the director) and Curt Dale Clark (also an actor in the show) at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: A rousing coming-of-age story that exactly captured my own youthful longing for adventure. Good songs, exciting battles. Go see this if you are in the mood for something thrilling.

    It was also a very satisfying weekend in terms of recreational reading:

    I read a bound galley of a book that is scheduled to be published by The Permanent Press next month. It is called STRANGERS IN THE LAND OF EGYPT, by Stephen March.

    It is a moving novel about an angry, grieving teenager whose friends talk him into vandalizing a synagogue. He is the only one who gets caught, but he refuses to name the other guys who were with him. Instead of sentencing him to jail as everyone expects, the judge sentences him to six hours a week assisting a Holocaust survivor in a nearby nursing home. Jesse thinks Mr. Ebban is crazy at first, but reading aloud to him is a lot better than going to jail, so he does it. And in the process learns a lot about not only the Jews but about himself.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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