The Second City Improv All-StarsWed. June 29 | The legendary Chicago comedy club's improv troupe is a testing ground for rising comics.
An exuberant take on Shakespeare’s early comedy about young love
Contemporary adaptations of classical plays can be perilous endeavors, suffering from stilted prose and contrived action, but The Two Gentlemen of Verona, mounted by New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, succeeds with aplomb. The sole anachronisms — not easily substituted — are amorous, handwritten letters secretly delivered back and forth.
The House of Bernarda AlbaThu.-Sun. June 23-July 3 | Kathleen McManus, Carol Sutton and Sherri Marina star in Frederico Garcia Lorca's drama about young women struggling with their domineering mother who has demanded eight years of mourning following the death of her husband.
The Two Gentlemen of VeronaSat.-Sun. June 18-July 2 | The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane gives a modern look to the Bard's early comedy about young love and intruigue.
Southern Rep scores with its hard-hitting sports drama
An energizing drum roll begins, lights come up and 10 men in football gear thunder across the stage as the audience enters UNO's Robert E. Nim's Theatre. The audience inevitably gets caught up in the thrill of a game, even as a more somber human drama unfolds.
Known Mass No. 2Wed. June 8 | "Out Music in Contact" is the second installment of the
DIY- and devised theater-inspired improvised dance and music company's Known Mass series.
JUNE 9Live Oak Supper Club benefit dinner7 p.m.-10 p.m. ThursdayFelicity Church, 1220 Felicity St.www.liveoaksupperclub.eventbrite.comGracie Evans-Gan, formerly of Herbsaint, prepares a dinner to benefit the Lower Garden District Parks & Fountain Fund.
Stories about incarceration from former members of a prison drama club
It is one thing to read news reports about Louisiana's flawed justice system and quite another to hear formerly incarcerated women recount personal stories about lengthy sentences and the lasting impacts on their lives. In a program at Catapult marking ArtSpot Productions' 20th anniversary, Kathy Randels and former members of the drama club at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at St. Gabriel kept the audience spellbound with poignant and courageous accounts of lives changed by incarceration.
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre stages the Sondheim musical
Despite opening on Broadway more than 50 years ago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, currently running at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, is hilariously entertaining. The timeless plot is based on comedies penned by the Roman playwright Plautus 2,000 years ago, which proves that dynamics among young lovers, old fools, egotistical leaders and cunning underlings never really change.
KARATEFIGHTSun. May 29 | New Orleans comedy's force of nature Massive Fraud resumes its monthly filmed sketch and stand-up series, with hosts Joe Cardosi and Vincent Zambon screening sketch videos (many making their debut) from national comedy groups and emceeing live stand-up from Cyrus Cooper, Lauren Bencaz and Ted Orphan.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts stages the corporate musical
The bright-eyed and eager J. Pierrepont Finch accepts an entry-level job in the mailroom of World Wide Wicket Company. He doesn't plan to stay in the position long, though, because he has a how-to book that promises to help him climb the corporate ladder in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, recently presented at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts,
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumFri.-Sun. May 20-June 5 | Ricky Graham directs Bob Edes Jr., Sean Patterson, John Michael Haas and Hannah Rachal in a vaudeville-inspired take on the farcical musical classic.