Review: Le Petit Theatre stages Dividing the Estate

The theater presents Horton Foote’s drama
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote told compassionate and realistic stories about ordinary Americans coping with difficult situations and inevitable change. Sometimes called America's Chekhov, Foote built many of his stories around characters living in small Texas towns much like his childhood home.

Review: Storyville Collective's Hand to God

A drama about a demonic puppet exposes human flaws with forbidden fantasy
Interesting things happen when emotions are repressed. Sometimes they're channeled into a hobby and possibly great art, such as a symphony, a sculpture or a play.

Live theater in New Orleans this week (April 11-17, 2017)

PatoisThu.- Sun. April 13-16 | Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival features documentaries on the lead-poisoned water of Flint, Michigan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police, as well as the issues of activism, housing and more.

Review: Sweet Bird of Youth

Southern Rep presents Tennessee Williams’ tale of fading beauty
Tennessee Williams was obsessed with youth. In his play Sweet Bird of Youth, the two main characters desperately cling to memories of their pasts, each using the other in an effort to regain some semblance of their more attractive, younger selves.

Comedy and drag performances in New Orleans this week (April 4-9, 2017)

Dave Hill and Dina Martina
Dave Hill's Witch Taint: The Black Metal ChroniclesFri. April 7 | Comedian Dave Hill — who co-created the Phil Anselmo-starring Karate Kid-inspired series Metal Grasshopper — turns his lengthy email correspondence with a Norwegian black metal record label into a live show, with Phil Costello and a live performance from Hill's fictional (or is it?)

Review: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Janet Shea stars in the obscure Tennessee Williams play
Tennessee Williams' scripts aren't easy on actors. That is particularly true for his 1963 play, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, recently presented by The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center.

Review: JPAS stages Tarzan: The Musical

An impressive production of the Broadway hit
Tarzan: The Musical, based on the Disney film, was created for young audiences, but there is plenty in Jefferson Performing Arts Society's (JPAS) production to fascinate adults. The Broadway adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungle fantasy is a spectacle, and JPAS delivers startling sound effects and lighting, gorgeous costuming, acrobatic choreography, aerial feats and an orchestral score (composed by rocker Phil Collins) conducted by Dennis Assaf.

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (March 21-27, 2017)

Sweet Bird of Youth, Varla Jean Merman Sings?, Chris Rock
Sweet Bird of YouthWed.-Sun. March 22-April 16 | Chance Wayne (Martin Bradford) has never realized his dream of becoming a star and serves as an escort to fading starlet Alexandra del Lago (Leslie Castay), who seeks comfort in booze and pills.

Review: Rivertown stages The 39 Steps

The farcical mystery thriller runs through March 26
The 39 Steps gives meaning to the term "wearing many hats," since a cast of four assumes dozens of roles, including traveling corset salesmen, spies, police, alluring women and railroad conductors. Playwright Patrick Barlow's revisionist adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller is based on a novel by Scotsman John Buchan, penned during World War I, when German spies could have been hiding anywhere.

Review: Blunt Object Theatre stages King Leopold

The group adapts Mark Twain's account of the Belgian king
Mark Twain was one of America's greatest humorists, best known for writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also as a biting satirist. Under the guise of entertainment, Twain's writings brought attention to injustices and racism.

Review: Vaude d’Gras 4: The Transistance

LadyBEAST stages a circus-act drama at The Valiant Theatre
Vaudeville conjures images of variety acts featuring animals leaping through flaming hoops, tap dancing little girls in fancy dresses and men in striped blazers doing slapstick. LadyBEAST Productions creates offbeat vaudeville variety shows, and Vaude d'Gras 4: The Transistance brought together circus arts performers to deliver a marvelously entertaining, somewhat cohesive story at The Valiant Theatre and Lounge during the final weekend of Carnival.

Review: Niagara Falls from Broken Habit

An existential drama about corrupt city government
If Samuel Beckett were alive today, he might focus a play on an American treasure transformed into a tourist trap and toxic waste dump. But the message of Niagara Falls, presented recently by Broken Habit Productions at Theatre at St. Claude, is a more dismal existential vision.

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