You-review-it Monday

May 17, 2009
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The Broad Ripple Art Fair couldn't ask for a nicer Sunday. But that annual event is far from the only event happening this past weekend. I also caught the ISO and Indianapolis Opera joining forces on Wagner at Clowes Hall, some of the readings in the Bloomingplays series from the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Lee Lessack celebrating the music of Mercer at the Cabaret, and the opening of a new sketch comedy show from $3 Bill.

And, yes, I caught the broadcast of the "Extreme Makeover" Indianapolis edition--basically a two-hour version of the last five minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life." And I mean that in a good way.

Did you see any of the above? Or did you get to the IRT for the world premiere of "Interpreting William," the final weekend of "Treasure Island" at Beef & Boards, or the IMA's new Forefront Gallery videos?

And, on the way, did you take time out for the George Rickey sculptures downtown (see my thoughts on the latter here).

I'll be reviewing some of the above in next week's IBJ or in upcoming blogs. In the meantime, let us know what you thought of your weekend's A&E activities.
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  • OH, my -- how I am still resonating from the experience yesterday afternoon at Clowes Memorial Hall ...both the ISO and Indianapolis Opera were at the top of their game with the presentation of Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD. I love classical music and attend opera anywhere whenever I can. This was one of the most exciting presentations I have witnessed in a long time. Mario Venzago commanded the ISO and the singers in a well coordinated presentation...the visual aspects added by the directing team made for a Rheingold that was as understandable, accessible and exciting as I have ever seen. The singers were beyond first-class.

    My only regret is that some of my friends and other opera lovers were afraid of Wagner -- most having never tried him out. This was a superb partnership between the symphony and the opera company. May we all hope that this will be the first of many ambitious attempts to bring more to our artistic palette!

    Thank you to all involved for one of the most memorable artistic experiences I have had in years!
  • Friday night's performance of Das Rheingold was breathtaking. We've attended Wagner's Ring in many cities. This Rheingold was vocally and musically at the top of the rung. The visuals and the staging were so new and refreshing. This was major!
  • I really enjoyed the comedy/drama Mafia Daughter at Theatre on the Square. Sunday's performance was intense, funny and well acted.
    Erin Cohenour (Angelica) was absolutely wonderful as she transitioned her character from teen to adult. Michael Ferruza's writing and acting were also A+. This show is truly a must see.

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