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May 25, 2009
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So, was this a weekend of celebrity spotting (see previous post)? Maybe you included The Ohio Players downtown concert in your race plans, or caught one of the bands harmonizing with the engine roars at the Speedway.

Perhaps you got out to the Phoenix Theatre to see "The Zippers of Zoomerville." Or to the Zoo to great the visiting Komodo dragons.

What were your A&E activities this long weekend?
  • I have to say that we did not have high expectations when we entered the Phoenix theatre last Saturday for the Zippers of Zoomerville. To be honest, we were there only because we had been invited. Well, we could not have been more pleasantly surpised! It was not just funny - it was HILARIOUS! Think Gilbert & Sullivan in Hoosierland. The dialogue and lyrics are clever. The music was wonderful. Everyone in the theatre was laughing. It does drag a bit in the middle, but the plot twists at the end more than make-up for it. I hope Zippers will become a May tradition in Indy.
  • What a great idea! I would love it if Zippers became a May tradition in Indy!

    I haven't added to Lou's You Review It column in a week or two. Here are the short version of the shows I've seen lately and written about in more detail on my own blog:

    World premiere of Zippers of Zoomerville at the Phoenix Theatre: Hilarious show that spoofs both the Indy 500 and Gilbert and Sullivan musicals.

    World premiere of Interpreting William at the Indiana Repertory Theatre: A beautifully layered play about the power of history to be personally relevant.

    ComedySportz - My first time to see the regular competition was SO. MUCH. FUN!

    World premiere of Mafia Daughter at Theatre on the Square: I was disappointed in this show, but not everyone agrees with me. I always say, about any show, Go see it and decide for yourself!

    Annie at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: Charming! And much more adult-friendly than I had imagined.

    I also judged 2-3 Encore community theatre shows recently, but I'm not allowed to write about them.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Oh! And books! Three I enjoyed over the recent long weekend:

    SHADOWED SUMMER, by Saundra Mitchell (Delacorte 2009) - This suspenseful ghost story/mystery set in New Orleans is Indianapolis-based screenwriter Mitchell's first young adult novel.

    DOG ON IT: A CHET AND BERNIE MYSTERY, by Spencer Quinn (Atria 2009) - First in a new series about a private investigator and his dog, told from the dog's point of view in a great, fun-to-read doggy voice.

    BEAT THE REAPER, by Josh Bazell (Little, Brown 2009) - This novel made me queasy in between making me laugh, but I could not put it down. A former mafia hit-man now works as a doctor in an awful hospital under the witness protection program.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Oh, drat. 'Wish I could edit my posts here, Lou. SHADOWED SUMMER is not, actually, set in New Orleans but in the teeny-tiny town of Ondine, Louisiana. 'Sorry 'bout that.

  • I'll second the recommendation of Beat the Reaper. Really perverse, but very funny and a quick, quick read. --Lou
  • This weekend was our annual 500 escape to NYC. We caught Hair, 9 to 5, Shrek and Lion King over a 3-day visit. Hair and Lion King are both personal favorites, but the other 2 were new shows for us. We started our weekend with Hair and couldn't resist the opportunity to dance on stage in the finale.

    We scored half-price tickets for 9 to 5 and Shrek. Shrek held true to the movie and other than some new songs, didn't contain any real originality. Still, it was entertaining. 9 to 5 also held true to the movie, but the songs were bigger production numbers and more entertaining overall.

    The opening song in Lion King is always breathtaking. I was, however, very disappointed at the Minskoff Theatre's ushers. First, the ushers were rude to patrons in general. Second, two ushers sharply reprimanded my mother than booster seats are only for children. My mother is 4' 9 and with a booster seat is still shorter than me in a theater seat. I had to remind them that the booster seat qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA, which had the usher back-pedaling rather quickly.

    Although we didn't get tickets to Blithe Spirit, we were able to snap a quick photo of Angela Lansbury on our way to dinner at Juniors on Shubert Alley.

    I'm looking forward to reading your reviews from NYC, Lou. The problem with having only a weekend is that you run out of time and money before you run out of great shows to see.

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