Housekeeping

My new business cards for Indy Theatre Habit arrived in the mail today!

They look a little different from what I imagined when I filled out the online template, but I am still delighted.  Now I will have something tidy to hand to people who ask me to repeat the name of my blog, rather than tearing off a corner from a theatre program and scribbling down the url.

I have another housekeeping chore that I am going to accomplish in this post: I am going to list all of the shows that I saw in 2007 with the names of their theatres, playwrights, directors, design team members, cast, and crew.  This way, whenever I am trying to remember what other show I have seen someone in, I can use the “Search” thingie at the top of my blog theme to find out.

I am sorry that this makes for a somewhat long and boring post, but what can I say?  The librarian in me insists upon it.  Ultimately it will be a help to everyone, I think, so I ask your patience.

Also, I will not be able to complete this job before I have to leave for the theatre tonight.  I am just going to get it started in order to lock it in place at this point in the blog.  I will fill in the blanks over the next week or so, in between working at my day job and, of course, seeing and writing about more shows.  Yay!  More shows!

In 2007, I saw:

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A new form of cross-media advertising?

There is a fascinating film trailer for the Phoenix Theatre’s live production of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” on YouTube. 

You can get to it via the Phoenix’ homepage (which doesn’t let me click back here after I go there, so I am not embedding a link) or on the Phoenix’ MySpace page or directly through YouTube.

The Phoenix’ trailer fascinates me for two, no, five reasons:

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Theatre Review: “My Way” at the Indianapolis Civic

From left: Katy Gentry, Troy Johnson, Tobin Strader, and Annette “Missie” Hirsch in “My Way.”This afternoon I drove over to Marian College to see the Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”  It was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson.  Civic’s production was directed and choreographed by Cynthia Collins, with music direction by Terry Woods and orchestra management by Al French.

 

Today was the last performance, so I know you won’t be using this review to help you decide whether or not to go see this show.  However, I would like to write about it anyway, just because.

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Theatre Review: “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grill” at Spotlight

On Saturday night I drove over to Beech Grove to see the Spotlight Players’ presentation of Bruce Graham’s apocalyptic comedy, “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille.”  It was directed by John Carver and produced by Debby Lovell.

 

I enjoyed the evening very much.  I have questions about one or two of the artistic choices, but nonetheless, this show provides a satisfying mix of humor, romance, and spiritual food for thought.

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Theatre Review: “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Phoenix Theatre

 

From left: Patrick Koenig, Shane Chuvalas, and Ben Ayres in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.”On Thursday night I went downtown to see the opening performance of Martin McDonagh’s “The Lieuntenant of Inishmore,” directed by Bryan Fonseca at the Phoenix Theatre.

 

It is an odd show, filled with violence but surprisingly entertaining.  It is worth seeing simply because of its unusual special effects, but there are other reasons to see it as well.

 

I am warning you right now that this review has a few spoilers in it.

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The Thrill of Two New Pieces

Last Sunday I went to see the closing performance of the rolling world premiere of “End Days” at the Phoenix Theatre.  I had been to the opening performance as well, plus two other performances during the run.  I wrote about this show quite a bit as Amaryllis in the “You Review It” forum on IndianaAuditions.com, so I will just say again that I love this new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer.

 

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Storytelling Review: “What Folks Told Me, And What They Didn’t” by Lyn Ford

Storyteller Lyn FordOn Saturday, February 2, 2008 I went to hear “What Folks Told Me, and What They Didn’t,” a storytelling program for adults.  It featured visiting professional storyteller Lyn Ford.  It was produced by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center and presented (sponsored) by Lewis & Kappes as part of the Storytelling Series presented (sponsored) by Beth Millett.

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Theatre Review: “Run for Your Wife” at Beef&Boards

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s slogan could be “Comfort Food and Comfort Theatre.”  I went there by myself last Thursday night to see the British farce “Run for Your Wife.”

I usually go by myself to shows that I am planning to review.  I like being able to concentrate on work when I’m working, and on friends when I’m with friends.  Also, sometimes I just want to see a show, and the people whose company I enjoy are not available. 

Beef & Boards is not a theatre that accommodates “onesies” easily.  Maybe all dinner theatres are like that: the tables are designed for couples or for groups of four or six.   But life is like that.  If I always waited until I could get a friend to go with me, I would miss a lot.

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Storytelling Review: “Safe and Sound. Letter to Follow,” by Stephanie Holman

Storyteller Stephanie HolmanStorytelling is my performance art of choice, so it is fitting that my first review for “Indy Theatre Habit” is a review of a new storytelling piece by one of my favorite tellers.

On Sunday, January 27, 2008, storyteller Stephanie Holman shared for the first time a 2-hour piece called “Safe and Sound. Letter to Follow: Stories of Hoosiers at Home and War During WWII.”  Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society collaborated to commission the piece for their 9th Annual Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories event.  Holman presented it on the Frank and Katrina Basile stage at the Indiana History Center.

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