Several Quickie Reviews and a Writing Plan

(Photo is of Jonah Winston in “Diaspora.”  Photo provided by the director, Michael Hosp.  See below for more info about the show.)

Well, I have been tweeting fairly regularly (@IndyTheatre) but I am way behind in my blogging!  What can I say?  My fulltime day job and my personal life have demanded most of my attention lately.   I haven’t accepted many media passes this year so far because I knew I wouldn’t have much time in which to write about shows.


I have not stopped seeing live theatre and storytelling and I hope you won’t give up on checking Indy Theatre Habit for Indianapolis-area theatre and storytelling news, reviews, and reflections.  Here is my writing plan for the next few days:

**  Write a review of “Diaspora,” produced by Half/Black Productions, running two more weekends (through Saturday, March 13, 2011) at the Indy Fringe Theatre.  I saw this intense, hip-hop poetry/philosophy theatre piece last weekend and loved it because it made me weep and think.  It is based on the poetry of Saul Williams and directed by Michael Hosp.  It is beautifully performed by Jonah Winston.  I wish I had time to see it again!

**  Write about the three professional storytellers I’ve heard so far this year through Storytelling Arts of Indiana:  Jim May, Kevin Stonerock, and Minton Sparks.  Each was a treat in his or her own way.  I am looking forward to Storytelling Arts’ next “Jabberwocky” event on Tuesday, March 8 and to hearing Antonio Sacre tell on Saturday, March 12, too.

**  Log the who-did-what in Wayne Township Community Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which I saw at the end of January on the last day of its run.  I couldn’t get to it any sooner, unfortunately, but I wanted to see it for three very specific reasons:  I wanted to thank WTCT as best I could for emailing me press releases on a regular basis; I wanted to do the friend thing (i.e. Be Supportive) of the actor that played Lucy because we share an interest in young adult literature – and she also happens to be a lot of fun to watch and listen to on stage; and I was curious about the set.  More about this in the log post.

**  Log the who-did-what in the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “Goldie, Max and Milk,” which I saw before it closed last month because a) I try to see everything that the Phoenix offers and b) because two of my favorite “destination actors” – Angela Plank and Sara Riemen – were in it.  Angela was luminous, as usual, and Sara, too, gave a wonderfully layered performance.  I enjoyed “meeting” the other actors/characters, too, and the story offered a lot of good stuff to think about related to parenting and more.  I am looking forward to seeing the Phoenix’s next show, “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy,” too.  It opens this Thursday and runs through March 27, 2011.

**  Write about my first experience in the new Studio Theater that joins the Palladium in the group of buildings that form the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  Country music singer-songwriter Joanna Smith and friends gave a lunchtime concert last Friday as the first performance in the Center’s Emerging Artists series.  I confess that I had never heard of Joanna Smith before last Friday, but now I am aesthetically smitten.  I loved her songs, loved her music, and loved her stage presence.  I loved getting to see the new, black box Studio Theater space, too.  It is very cool.

**  Share my notes and thoughts from a two-part workshop on Social Media for Artists that was offered at no charge by the Arts Council of Indianapolis at the Indy Fringe Theatre last week.  On the first night, Erik Deckers , co-author of Branding Yourself, talked about using things like blogs and Twitter and so on to promote an artist’s work.  On the second night, Rocky Walls talked about making and using videos to promote an artist’s work.  I got a lot of useful information from each speaker.

Whew! I have my work cut out for me and there are several other shows opening this coming weekend that interest me.  It’s a great life, isn’t it.

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – and

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