You-review-it Monday

April 26, 2009
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Thanks to all those who came to the pre-show discussion at the Patti LuPone concert. I was honored to host it and share the time with you. I hope to write more about later--and fill you in on next year's Clowes Hall schedule, which was released to subscribers.

Alas, Ms. LuPone, the David Burnham concert at the Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room, and the IRT's "Rabbit Hole" kept me so busy that I didn't get to the Stutz Artists' open house or many other events this beautiful weekend.

So did you get to any of the above? Something else?

(And, side question, was anyone else reliving the terrific Bea Arthur concert from a few year's back at the Murat Egyptian Room when they heard of her passing this weekend?)

Your thoughts?

  • This past weekend's Stutz Open House may have been their best ever with 84 artists studios open for visits. The ambiance of music, wine, foods from a few fun restaurants, and a culturally inclined crowd contributed to make this a must-attend event. Volunteering to man the Arts Council/IDADA table gave me a wonderful opportunity to chat with an amazingly diverse group and let them know about First Fridays.
  • I hemmed and hawed about it but gave in Saturday morning and made the trip down to Bloomington to see Oklahoma!. I was so glad I did. The IU Theatre Department did a wonderful job although I thought some of the song tempos were too fast. Surrey with the Fringe on Top and People Will Say We're in Love shouldn't feel rushed, but at least to me, they did.

    They used a nice sized orchestra, although I wish they'd had a few more strings. After all, it's not like it would cost them anything. But for the most part, the Robert Russell Bennett arangements sounded as glorious as ever.

    The leads were just perfect although Aunt Eller was too young, but that's to be expected in a college production as Lou mentioned with The Most Happy Fella a few weeks ago.

    Maybe I'm biased, but Oklahoma! still feels fresh and alive even though it's celebrating it's 66th anniversary this year. Their young, energetic cast helped to make it so!
  • Thanks for the comments.
    Sandy: This was on my possible list for last week but I didn't make it down. Would have been nice to hear it with the orchestra. Anything else different about the production?
  • We spent 3 hours Friday night at the Stutz and only got to 2 floors. The show has grown so much that it may be a 2 night affair to just see it all! Each year I make it a point to see the Artists in Residence spaces. Funds raised from the open house go to pay for studio space for 2 artists for a year. This year's artists are William Denton Ray and Mark Pack. Ray's work is heavily influenced by his childhood reading of comics drawn by Ed Big Daddy Roth (think Rat Fink) - bright, colorful and edgy. Pack creates 3 dimensional paintings by building up layers of acrylic paint and then slicing into them to reveal the layers and their hidden colors. Both are thinking about permanent space at the Stutz when the year is up.

    After the Stutz we went to the opening of the Rathskellar Beirgarten. The huge crowd was entertained by one of my favorite local bands - Polka Boy. They play rock and roll Polka. If you have never heard Stairway to Heaven played by a Polka band with tubas and 3 accordians, then you are really missing something special. And a-one and a-two...
  • This past weekend I saw and judged one Encore Association community theatre show.

    I also watched Tarzan, the 1999 movie, twice. I bawled my head off the first time at home, which made me grateful that I had previewed the DVD before watching it with a group of young people in public.

    Speaking of bawling, I also caught the opening night of Rabbit Hole at the IRT. I don't think I actually cried there, but I was very moved by the show, and I definitely heard lots of other people in the audience sniffling cathartically at the end. On the way out, I overheard someone sobbing to someone else, EVERYONE should see this.

    It's not a downer, though. It's ultimately very hopeful, and there are lots of funny parts along the way.

    I'll write about my own reactions to Rabbit Hole in more detail on my own blog in a day or two.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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