Bravo, Bloomington! Will Now Take a Short Intermission

Hello all,

First, I want to say thanks to all my readers and all the organizations that have supported Bravo, Bloomington! for the past few months. When I started this project, I did not expect for it to bring so many new and interesting opportunities for me so quickly. This really has been a wonderful experience, and I love how truly welcoming Bloomington’s performance organizations have been when I come visit for interviews or shows. I also want to say thank you so much to the Limestone Post for seeing something useful in this little blog. Writing this blog and for the Post has been wonderfully rewarding, and I look forward to doing more.

That said, I have to take a little break from writing. As much as I hate the idea of taking time off, I feel like it is a necessity. With a wedding coming up and my increased responsibilities at the Limestone Post, it has been hard to keep up with Bravo, Bloomington! these past few weeks. Do not fear, however, I will be back towards the end of June. Starting July, I hope to offer up more articles, subscription options, and an updated site.

Thank you all again for your support, and I will see everyone again at the end of June.

~Jen

The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing in Happily After Ever

After seeing a new play, I like to give myself a little time to digest the piece. I do not like knee-jerk reactions. They are usually shallow and oversimplified. Instead, I like to give myself a little time to let the play work on me. I go about doing other things (yard work, painting, hanging out with the family, etc) while in the background my brain processes and finds meaning. Usually, I uncover a richness in the play that I did not see right away. Sometimes the flaws of the play become more visible. Either way, I know I can expect, after time, for the play to start to make some sort of sense to me. I start to “get it.”

Well, it has been almost 36 hours since I have seen Happily After Ever, Bloomington Playwrights Project’s newest production, and I find myself no closer to “getting it” than when the house lights went up after the show. This is not to say it is incomprehensible. In fact, I understand what the play attempts to do from a theater critic mindset. I also found some of the depictions to be not only stimulating but also relevant. Yet, I think I am getting ahead of myself. It’s easy to do with a play as confusing as this one. Read more

On Stage This Week: May 1-7

It is a quiet week for theater, but then again it is finals week for the university and the school year is coming to a close. However, we do still have some great theater options for your entertainment. I am intrigued by the New Voices Opera Double Bill, and Frog and Toad is tons of fun. Go support local performance this weekend. 🙂

Look out for Bravo Bloomington’s review of the new season announcements for IU theater, opera, and ballet coming soon.

~Jen

2017 Double Bill

NVO is a vehicle for new opera through the collaboration of emerging student composers, performers, and administrators in an experiential learning environment. The 2017 Double Bill is presented in part by The BUEA Zone Arts Grant, the Bloomington Arts Commission, and Bloomington Playwrights Project.

The performance contains two different creations. The first creation is Marilyn’s Room by Kyle Peter Rotolo.Fame and stardom can bring riches and rewards, but for many the pressure and exposure bring loneliness and sorrow. Some of America’s most famous starlets have struggled with depression, addiction, abuse, or all of the above and the public can’t seem to get enough. Marilyn’s Room explores the world around the star, the people behind the scenes whether they are calling the shots or just cleaning the sheets. These are the people who see the real star, the real human being underneath the fancy gowns and facades. They are the individuals who get to experience fame at its worst every day, but leave it at work every night.

Marilyn’s Room will be followed by In Memoriam by Matthew Recio and Molly Korroch. Nearly every family in today’s society has watched a loved one struggle through the stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It isn’t easy for anyone to watch the person you once knew slip away. Fear and uncertainty pepper every interaction and it can put serious strain on families and friends. Science is struggling for effective treatments, let alone an actual cure. Families are desperate to preserve the person they know and love, and In Memoriam tells the story of the Adams and their search for an alternative treatment.

Produced by New Voices Opera on May 4. This is a free event, but a suggested donation of $10 is greatly welcomed.

Find more information here!

 

A Year with Frog and Toad

A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score of A Year With Frog And Toad bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

Produced by Cardinal Stage on 4/28 -29. All performances take place in the afternoon to better accommodate younger audiences.

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