You-review-it Monday + March tips

March 3, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant visiting the new Children’s Theatre Institute on North Keystone, screening more films in advance of the Indianapolis International Film Festival (early predication: “Operation Filmmaker” will be a fest favorite), and trying my hand at paper folding at the origami exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Looking ahead, March promises to be a busy month. The Indianapolis Opera stages “Tosca,” Springsteen comes to Conseco Fieldhouse, one of the country’s top new-play generators —  The Humana Festival — is under way in Louisville (you can see a half-dozen shows in a weekend if you really want to), Dance Kaleidoscope dances an adult-content program (hmm), Gladys Knight sits in with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the acclaimed Acting Company visits Ball State and IU with two different productions.

So what arts and entertainment activities did you partake in this weekend? And what’s on your March radar?
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  • I went up to Chicago to catch the Joffrey Ballet in a program that celebrated British choreographer Antony Tudor on Saturday night. They performed with live music, which is very unusual these days (because of how much it costs). The dancers were beautiful, but I found the performance a little lacking in passion and immediacy. Somehow the meaning behind the pretty pictures didn't quite get to us past the proscenium arch until the final piece Offenbach In The Underworld. My ticket cost $90, and I felt that the performance was not worth it!
    David Hochoy
    www.dancekal.org
  • Which raises a good point.
    Sometimes, ticket price does impact how you feel about a work...as does time and effort.
    And it can work both ways. I think some people are more likely to praise a Broadway show, for instance, because they had tickets for a long while, made the effort to get there, and can't imagine the experience NOT being worth the money.
    On the other extreme, there are folks who add it all up and think For $XX and time, this BETTER be good.
    Ideally, we don't burdon the performance with our expectations and effort one way or the other, but sometimes that can't be helped.
    --Lou
  • Total flip side: For $10, the American Shakespeare Center production of Henry V at CTS was an outrageous bargain. I would have it enjoyed at triple the price. Quadruple! Seriously, it was a tremendous production -- inventive, well-conceived and wonderfully performed. Few companies can pull off the excitement, humor and charm of a show like this ... ASC managed all three in the right balance.
  • I saw FIVE shows this past weekend! I can not keep this up...but I would not have missed any of them.

    This month....let's see, there was something very special happening in March...what was it...what was it...Ah! Yes:

    I am very much looking forward to seeing the world premiere of Lou Harry and Eric Pfeffinger's new play, Midwester Hemisphere as produced by the Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre on March 28 in the ArtsGarden!

    In fact, I will probably go back to see it a second time during its run, which goes through April 13. More info is available at www.heartlandactors.org.

    :-)

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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