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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'Seven Deadly Sins' dinner/theater production debuts Jan. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 11:19 AM

David Castillo created Jukebox Castle to present events like "Seven Deadly Sins."
  • David Castillo created Jukebox Castle to present events like "Seven Deadly Sins."

David Castillo is an opera singer, artist and the creative director at Jukebox Castle, a new multidisciplinary food, theater and arts collective. The inaugural event titled "Seven Deadly Sins" is Jan. 6 at Loyola University. It combines classical and modern music and a seven-course tasting menu with dishes by chefs Tenney Flynn, Phillip Lopez, Will Avelar and others, as well as a seven-course menu of sweets. Castillo, a Loyola graduate, spoke with Gambit about the idea behind the production.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

John Waters: Filthier and Dirtier coming to the Joy Theater March 18

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 3:56 PM

John Waters.
  • John Waters.

Filmmaker/writer/artist John Waters, who last visited New Orleans in 2013 and 2015 (review), will make a return appearance March 18, 2017 at the Joy Theater with his new one-man show Filthier and Dirtier.

Waters was on the cover of Gambit in 2010 and spoke to us again in 2015, describing the time he lived in New Orleans and his love for the city's institutions, like Tennessee Williams, A Confederacy of Dunces, the "bus named Desire" and the Corner Pocket.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 5, 2017 at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: The Musicians of Bremen: A Holiday Panto

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

JOHN BARROIS
  • JOHN BARROIS

What better way to simultaneously teach children about theater and community activism than a thinly veiled panto that dramatizes how real estate development can threaten local culture? In The Musicians of Bremen: A Holiday Panto, presented at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, a dog, a rooster, a cat and a mule fight back when a greedy businessman tries to shut down a beloved nightclub to open a trendy restaurant.

New Orleans playwright Jon Greene wrote and directed this colorful and inventive musical, which is as much fun for adults as it is for kids. The remake of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is produced as a traditional British children’s play that lampoons society while delivering a moral lesson.

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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.

Gambit
'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



CHRISTOPHER BENTIVEGNA
  • CHRISTOPHER BENTIVEGNA


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
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  • 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

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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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