“I and You” by Lauren Gunderson at the Phoenix Theatre (Nuvo review)

My first review for Nuvo went up on Friday!  It was of the rolling world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “I and You” at the Phoenix Theatre.  Read the review for yourself here: http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/i-and-you-at-phoenix-theatre/Content?oid=2789509.

It wasn’t as hard as I had expected to decide the stars. (Whew!)  And my editor, Scott Shoger, gave me some kind, clear feedback on my words, which was lovely.

As I mentioned when I first shared the news that I would be reviewing for Nuvo, Scott said I could share additional thoughts here on my own blog if I wanted to.


I don’t actually have a lot more to say about “I and You” except that if you are a high school theatre teacher or coach, I would encourage you to consider this script for your students.  There are some curse words but no one has sex. (‘Sorry if that’s a spoiler.)  The adults in your audiences will laugh at different things, probably, from your students but that’s okay.

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.

For PLA Librarians Visiting Indianapolis Who Also Love Live Theatre and Storytelling

Whenever I go to a Public Library Association conference (or American Library Association conference or Young Adult Library Services Association conference or any conference, for that matter) in another city, I try to set aside some time and money to check out the local theatre scene.

Multiple conferences in Washington, DC, for example, gave me wonderful experiences at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Studio Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In Denver I fell in love with the Curious Theatre Company and also enjoyed a show at the Garner Galleria Theatre.  In Philadelphia and Chicago…well, the show I wanted to see at Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre turned out to be sold out the night I was there, and let’s just say I was disappointed by the one show I saw in Chicago.  But I’ll get to those cities again some day because there are only a few cities that are able to handle hordes of librarians and anyway, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.  Life is an adventure and anything can happen with live theatre.

This week the Public Library Association’s biennial conference is going to be in my area – Indianapolis, Indiana – for the first time.  I’ve been thinking about what I would want a local to tell me about the theatre scene here this week, especially the scene relatively close to the Indianapolis Convention Center, if I were me but visiting from out-of-town.

I am delighted to report that this is a particularly excellent week for theatre-goers in downtown Indianapolis, especially theatre-goers on a budget.

Here are my recommendations, night by night during the PLA conference:

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A New Chapter In My Theatre Writing Life: Writing for Nuvo

I am very excited.  This morning I met with Nuvo Arts and Entertainment Editor Scott Shoger and signed an “Editorial Freelance Agreement” to write for them about theatre.  In case you’re reading my blog from some other city, Nuvo is Indianapolis, Indiana’s weekly alternative newspaper/website.

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