Mailbox Monday – Troy, Broadway, Basile, Encore and more

Storyteller Megan Wells

Good morning! 

This coming weekend is your last chance to see “Cats” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre and your last chance to see “A Dark, Dark House” presented by the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre at the Indy Fringe headquarters.  I saw the HART show last Friday and will blog about it soon.  It was not what I had expected, and it is, as I overhead someone else say, “a dark, dark show,” but I highly recommend it.

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Going Deep Long Traditional Stories Retreat 2009 – Introduction

"Big Andromeda Galaxy" - photo by xamad

This is the first in a series of four posts.

From late Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2009, to early Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2009, I attended the third annual “Going Deep: Long Traditional Stories Retreat” in Bethlehem, Indiana.  I got to hear:

** “The Story of the Grail” as told by Liz Warren

** “The Paths of Osun: the West African Yoruba Epic Journey of the Goddess on Heaven and Earth” as told by Marilyn Omifunke Torres

** “Gilgamesh” as told by David Novak

I have been to all three “Going Deep” retreats so far.  I blogged about last year’s in four posts that begin here.  The first “Going Deep” was in 2006, before I started this blog, but it, too, was a transformative experience for me.

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Mailbox Monday: Dance Kaleidoscope, Fringe Friday, Cirque at the ISO and More

Frantic update:  I can’t believe I almost forgot the first item that went into my “Mailbox Monday” file for this week:  Indianapolis-based professional actor Bill Simmons will head up to the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, later this spring to begin rehearsals for the world premiere of a play called “Wake,” by Carey Crim.  The show will open June 18 and run through August 21, 2009. 

Bill and I were e-conversing about another topic last week when I asked if he knew what show he would be in next.  He told me about “Wake” and added this about the Purple Rose Theatre:  “After making it big in New York theatre and doing some major movies like Woody Allen’s ‘Purple Rose of Cairo’ and ‘Terms of Endearment,’ Jeff Daniels returned to his home town to open this theatre. ”

I wish I could see this world premiere.  Hmm.  I’ll have to check my calendar.  In any case, break a leg, Bill!

Now…back to my original Mailbox Monday post for today:

Good morning!

I am just back from four days at the third annual “Going Deep: Long Traditional Stories Retreat” in Bethlehem, Indiana, and I am working on four posts about it, so this week’s Mailbox Monday post is going to be even more quick-and-dirty than usual. 

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Theatre Review: “West Side Story” at Indianapolis Civic Theatre

The Sharks and the Jets in "West Side Story" at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre

Last Saturday night I drove to the Marion College campus on the near northwest side of Indianapolis to see the Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “West Side Story.” 

It is based on a conception of the original director/choreographer, Jerome Robbins, with book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Leonard Bernstein.  Civic’s production was directed by Robert J. Sorbera, choreographed by Michael Worcel, and music directed by Brent E. Marty.  Brent is also the conductor of Civic’s orchestra for this production.

Six months ago, Brent told me that he hoped Leonard Bernstein would look down from heaven and be proud of him.  I can’t speak for Mr. Bernstein, but I can tell you that I felt lucky to be in the audience Saturday night.   This particular production is fresh, exciting, and well-balanced, with a rich-sounding orchestra underneath it (literally!), gorgeous design elements from Civic’s resident professional designers, and professional-quality performances from the volunteer actor-singer-dancers.  It also provides unexpected pleasures as well as satisfying one’s expectations, if that makes sense. 

In other words, it is a real treat.

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Theatre Review: “The Ladies’ Man” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

John Guerrasio (L) and Max Robinson (R) in The Ladies Man at the IRT - photo by Julie Curry Photography

Last Sunday evening, my friend Adrienne and I met at the Indiana Repertory Theatre to see “The Ladies’ Man,” a farce written by Georges Feydeau as “Taillieur Pour Dames” in 1886 and recently freely adapted by Charles Morey for American audiences.

At the end, Adrienne pronounced the show “delightful.”  I had a similar verdict:  “frothy and fun.”

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