You-review-it Monday: First weekend of 2011

While I spent New Year's Eve at home (with an evening that included the Marx Brothers' "Monkey Business" on TCM), I did get out before and after.

Specifically, I caught "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre and Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong…and the People Who Love Them" at Theatre on the Square.

Thoughts on both in next week's Lou's Views column (you can find past columns at

I also filled some drive time with L.A. Theatre Works' plays-on-tape recordings of Jeffrey Sweet's "Flyovers " and Cassandra Medley's "Relativity." The former is a fairly familiar story–with a couple of twists–about a film critic returning to his small town for an uncomfortable reunion. The latter concerns a researcher in conflict with her mother, an  advocate for melanin science.

How about you? Did you make it out for the big night? Take holiday time to read a good (or not-so-good) book? Watch "True Grit" or "The Fighter" at the multiplex?

Your thoughts?

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.