You-review-it Monday

January 7, 2008
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This weekend, I caught Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Funny Feet,” The Phoenix Theatre’s “End Days,” Beef & Board’s “Run for Your Wife” and stopped in, briefly, at the Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Backyard” at the Harrison Center.

In short, I spent a lot of the weekend laughing.

While I organize my thoughts into this week’s review for the print edition of IBJ, I’m officially declaring Monday to be You-review-it Day here at the A&E blog.

So what did you see, read or experience this weekend?

Whether it was a play, a concert, a new DVD release or an art exhibition, let’s talk about it. Post your comments, make recommendations, or respond to other readers’ comments, below.

(Publicists and those affiliated with the producing companies, please identify yourself when posting. And don’t talk about your own events.)

And just in case you spent the weekend in hibernation and have nothing to review, I raise another question: Does comedy deserve more respect in the arts? Do we devalue the arts when they want us to laugh?

Your thoughts (and reviews)?
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  • went to Joseph at Civic Friday night, haven't seen one of their productions for a very long time. I though the production overall was very good, given the obvious limitations w/ budget for lighting, etc.
    what I couldn't understand was the sound--the vocals were not unpleasant, but overall the sound was very lifeless and flat, despite the director/sound engineers liberal use of the reverb. sometimes its OK to leave the room verb-less for a moment or two--the change in ambience can actually be dramatic! the sound system seemed to be adequate, but there was very little evidence of a bass guitar or drums in the mix. I would expect the mix to be more contemporary for such a show (and the mix doesn't count against the show budget!).
    Just my $.02.
  • We went to End Days at the Phoenix. It's been a few years since we saw a production there - and I can assure you we won't wait very long to go back. This production is in their newly renovated basement theater. the show was wonderful. Funny and poignant at the same time. The 2 young actors were outstanding. Jesus had great facial expressions. And not to be missed is the Elvis Bar Mitzvah.
  • While Tuesdays with Morrie at the IRT was a superb piece of theatre expertly acted that gave us plenty to chew on, I was pleased to have another profound theatre experience soon after seeing it. End Days at the Phoenix manages to stay over-the-top funny while also being poignant and provocative and allowing all characters to grow.

    The cast is so tightly in sync that it's hard to believe I saw an opening-weekend performance. While some might be offended by the overly enthusiastic piety of the newly converted character who talks to Jesus (and sees him, when the same actor isn't portraying Stephen Hawking), those folks are not likely to patronize the Phoenix anyway.

    Most will probably howl, reflect and discuss as the sell-out crowd did on Saturday at the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre. Kudos to Brian Fonseca and the whole team who brought us End Days. Thanks, too, to IBJ and Lou for providing a new forum for discussion of the arts.

    (Now, where can I find some waterchestnuts?)
  • Great forum and superb addition to the IBJ's lineup.

    Although it has been sometime, I have had the opportunity to see Celtic Woman in concert twice in Indy this year. While the Murat show was preferred due to the acoustic superiority, the Conseco show was nonetheless a visual success. No one from the media seemed to be interested in covering these shows. And these young Irish lasses are extraordinary vocalists and musicians in the case of their fiddler and harpist.

    For anyone who hasn't tuned into Celtic Woman, you don't know what you are missing!
  • Great idea, Lou. But you put me to shame. I can't tell you about the old movie we watched at home or the fact that we didn't cook a great meal this week end. I feel so bad; we need to get out more.
  • Sure you can tell me about the old movie you watched. No shame in that.
    Unless, of course, it was a prison film starring Linda Blair.

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