Friday, December 16, 2016

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Dec. 16-18

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.
  • Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.

's Noah Bonaparte Pais stops in to WWL-TV with a blitz of pre-holiday weekend picks, including family-friendly theater at Le Petit, a band credited with inventing shoegaze, and Jim James.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: The Lion in Winter

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:48 AM


Family relationships can be strained by decisions affecting inheritance, but when those assets include a kingdom, the crown and a princess, emotions can push people to rage, revenge, revolution and all-out war.

In The Lion in Winter, England’s King Henry II brings the Plantagenet family together for Christmas in Chinon, France, hoping to announce the successor to his throne. For the occasion, he has released his wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine from the tower, where she has been imprisoned for plotting against him. Their three sons, Richard the Lionheart, John and Geoffrey, all desperately want to become king.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Lost' version of The Glass Menagerie to screen on TCM Dec. 8

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie. - TCM
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  • Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook in a long-thought-lost TV version of The Glass Menagerie.
A 1966 telecast of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie — starring Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook and long thought lost by film scholars — will air tomorrow night on Turner Classic Movies at 7 p.m. Central time, 50 years to the day after it originally was shown. (To see an image from the production, click here.)

The New Yorker's Michael Schulman explains the process by which the telecast was rediscovered (and restored):
On December 8, 1966, CBS Playhouse broadcast a television production of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Shirley Booth as the Southern belle turned frenetic matron Amanda Wingfield. Hal Holbrook and Barbara Loden played her children, Tom and Laura, respectively, with Pat Hingle as the Gentleman Caller. The day after it aired, Jack Gould, of the Times, called it “an evening of superb theater. . . . The delicate delineation of the loneliness of the frustrated Wingfield family was brought to television with lean beauty and eloquence.” (Booth, fresh off the sitcom “Hazel,” was praised as “appropriately intrusive as the perennial Mrs. Fix-it.”) Then, somehow or another, it was lost to time.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Grounded

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Kerry Cahill stars in Grounded. - JOHN BARROIS
  • Kerry Cahill stars in Grounded.

Grounded, a one-woman play by George Brant, opens with a nameless fighter pilot (Kerry Cahill) exhilarated by the power and speed she experiences flying an F-16 jet. Her opening monologue resembles an epic Greek poem glorifing war.

“This was who I was now — who I’d become through sweat and brains and guts. This is me. It’s more than a suit. It’s the speed. It’s the G-force pressing you back as you tear the sky. It’s the ride. My Tiger. My gal who cradles me, lifts me up. It’s more. It’s the respect. It’s the danger. It’s more. It’s you are the blue. You are alone in the vastness and you are the blue astronauts …”

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lady Bunny performs Trans Jester at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 19

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM


New York drag performer Lady Bunny got her start in Atlanta with RuPaul, but they have different styles and acts. While RuPaul has made drag about fashion and glamour, Lady Bunny has a more retro act, full of song parodies, sordid tales and blunt humor. Her Trans Jester show has had an extended and ongoing run at New York's Stonewall Inn, where the gay rights movement started after a police raid in 1969, She brings the show to Cafe Istanbul at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. She spoke with Gambit about her career and drag performance.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Came West, Sherri Marina and Sarah Carlton star in On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning.
  • Came West, Sherri Marina and Sarah Carlton star in On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning.

Long, full skirts and pith helmets constitute the uniform for a trio of determined Victorian-era women setting out to explore the mysterious land of Terra Incognita in On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning. A sense of wonder and the quest for knowledge propel them in In Good Company’s production at the New Orleans Arts Center, and it’s an entertaining though curious venture.

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A Kingdom, A Chasm opens tonight at Art Klub

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Owen Ever, Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Lisa Shattuck star in A Kingdom, A Chasm at Art Klub.
  • Owen Ever, Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Lisa Shattuck star in A Kingdom, A Chasm at Art Klub.

The absurdist devised theater piece A Kingdom, A Chasm opens tonight at Art Klub (1941 Arts St.). Opening night is pay-what-you-will, and there are refreshments from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The performance starts at 8 p.m. The show is at 8 p.m. Nov. 10-12, 14 and 17-20.

Vagabond Inventions' Jenny Sargent directs Owen Ever, Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Lisa Shattuck in the extended clowning tableau about three odd souls surviving together in a post-catastrophe or ruined New Orleans. They live in a junked car. Chauncey (Ever) sleeps in the trunk. Imelda (Shattuck) claims the backseat and Chauncey (Ware) keeps his possessions under the hood.

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Review: 1776

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 2:17 PM


If politics were as satisfyingly entertaining as Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts’ production of 1776, the recent presidential election could have been far more enjoyable. Imagining the Founding Fathers tripping the light fantastic while hammering out the ideals of the Declaration of Independence is a remarkable concept, and the cast at Rivertown delivers an impressive ensemble performance.

Winner of three Tony awards, including Best Musical, 1776 is a brilliant history lesson that elucidates the lengthy, rigorous and contentious convention of the Second Continental Congress. Some dialogue was pulled from historical documents, and other narrative was fabricated since the actual debates were not recorded on paper.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Amazing Acro-Cats return to New Orleans for another holiday spectacular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 1:48 PM

The Amazing Acro-Cats (featuring Tuna, bottom) perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
  • The Amazing Acro-Cats (featuring Tuna, bottom) perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Christmas in New Orleans means Mr. Bingle, garlands on the streetcars — and, in a new tradition, stupid cat tricks. Once again, The Amazing Acro-Cats are coming to St. Claude Avenue in December for an extended run of their show Meow-y Catmas in New Orleans.

Besides cats doing tricks (or not, depending on how the mood strikes them), other wonders of the Acro-Cats shows of past years have included a dog in a tutu, a cymbal-playing chicken named Gregory Peck and a hedgehog that wore a Santa hat and pushed a bowling ball, presided over (sort of) by ringmaster Samantha Martin.

Like Hamilton, a show it resembles in no way whatsoever, this is a hot ticket and usually sells out. Performances at the St. Claude Theatre are 7 p.m. on Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 15-18 (4 pm meow-tinees Dec. 11 and 17). Tickets are $20-$34.

Here's the Acro-Cats amazing the audience of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: Becoming Number Six

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 3:46 PM


What is weird about Ross Peter Nelson’s new play, Becoming Number Six, is that its premise is not strange. Internet surveillance already exists; usually we just don’t notice it. If you use the internet, Google or some other web company already knows what you buy, where you go and who you know.

Despite its serious underlying message, Becoming Number Six is a comedic mystery that keeps the audience intellectually engaged. In this premiere production, directed by Harold Gervais for the Second Star Performance Collective, technology has enabled the government to track everyone’s movements by monitoring computer and cellphone activity.

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