You-review-it Monday

July 13, 2009
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So did you walk with dinosaurs? Hang out at Conner Prairie with the Symphony? Catch one of the final performances of "Octopus" at the Phoenix Theatre?

I spent Sunday afternoon at the oldest continually operating theater in the country catching a production of "The Producers." Anyone know what theater that is? (No prize, just curious if you know. Hint: multiple Barrymores and the Marx Brothers performed there.)

Your thoughts (and guesses)?
  • I caught Bruno this weekend and really liked it. I'm rather embarrassed by the public's reaction to it. The movie criticizes America's homophobia so we respond by saying it's too gay? Oi.

    Also I read David Mamet's play November. I wanted to see it when it was at the Pheonix last fall, but I was busy those weekends. The play is hilarious and I would love to see it performed one day.

    I have no idea about your trivia question, but I want to know the answer.
  • Oh! Oh! Teacher, call on me! Is it the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia?

    I spent the weekend in Chicago attending meetings and other events related to my day job. It was a weekend rich with book discussions.

    At point in the weekend I got to chat with Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED, and hear a few of his thoughts on the Broadway adaptation of his novel.

    I also got to hear and meet four of the most recent Alex Award winners: Toby Barlow, author of SHARP TEETH; Stephen G. Bloom, writer for THE OXFORD PROJECT (photographer Peter Feldstein had a family emergency and so was not in Chicago as promised); Hillary Jordan, author of MUDBOUND; and Indiana's own Todd Tucker, author of OVER AND UNDER. It was fascinating to hear each person talk about his or her writing process.

    I also got to hear from several popular young adult authors, including romance writer Simone Elkeles, science fiction writer Dom Testa, humor novelist David Lubar, gritty fiction writer Patrick Jones, and fantasy writers Libba Bray and Holly Black. It was fascinating to hear all of these authors plus some other people talk about trends in genre publishing for teens.

    I was delighted to be introduced to Chicago-based author James Kennedy and his new fantasy novel for readers aged 10-16 called THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH. He was the only YA author I had not even heard of before, but he was a hilarious, creative, and dynamic presenter with an inventive use of language, so I can hardly wait to read his first novel.

    And at yet another point in the weekend I got to hear Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SPEAK and other popular young adult novels. She was in Chicago to accept the Margaret Edwards award which, like the Alex, is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association. She, too, was inspiring.

    What a great, great arts weekend.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • We were present for the Beef and Board's CHRISTMAS WITH THE SANDERS FAMILY last evening. It, like the two previous presentations was TERRIFIC!!!

    We truly enjoyed the artistry in comedy and music. What a refreshing moment in our otherwise turbulent society.

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