Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2016)

The Lion in WinterThu.-Sun. Dec. 1-18 | Leslie Castay, Kevin Murphy and Alex Martinez Wallace star in James Goldman's Tony Award-winning drama about Henry II, who's plotting to sire a new heir behind his queen's back while his three sons vie to succeed him.

Review: one-woman play Grounded soars

Southern Rep’s compelling drama about a drone pilot at Loyola University
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.

Review: Funny Girl at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Capturing immigrant culture in the landmark musical
When lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim was invited to work on a musical recounting the life of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, he refused because Mary Martin (who played Peter Pan on Broadway) was being considered for the lead. Sondheim told composer Jule Styne that the actress chosen had to be "ethnic."

Review: On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning

Eric Overmyer’s play runs at the New Orleans Art Center
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.

Review: Rivertown runs historical musical 1776

Gary Rucker directs the Tony Award winner
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.

Stage events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 8-14, 2016)

A Kingdom, A ChasmThu.-Sat. and Mon.

Review: Becoming Number Six

Harold Gervais and Second Star Performance Collective stage Ross Peter Nelson’s comic mystery
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.

Theater events in New Orleans this week (Nov. 1-7, 2016)

Varla Jean Merman: A Little White MusicThu. & Sat.

Review: The NOLA Project’s 4000 Miles

The theater attempts to bridge the generation gap
The term "generation gap" was coined in the 1960s to describe the chasm separating baby boomers from their parents with regard to values, attitudes, lifestyle and speech. In 4000 Miles, when Leo (James Bartelle) bikes across the country to visit his 91-year-old grandmother Vera (Carol Sutton) in Greenwich Village, there is plenty of miscommunication, but also a great deal of compassionate understanding.

Theater events in New Orleans this week (Oct. 25-31, 2016)

David SedarisTue. Oct. 25 | Humorist David Sedaris' (Me Talk Pretty One Day, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls) next book is Theft by Finding, based on the diary he has kept since 1977.

Review: The Toxic Avenger — The Musical at The Theatre at St. Claude

The cult film inspires a radioactive musical
Christopher Bentivegna's See 'Em On Stage production company has produced comedy musicals based on zombie and slasher movies, and now he's added a lovable nerd thrown into an oil drum full of radioactive waste who becomes an unsightly freak. It may be difficult to imagine, but The Toxic Avenger — The Musical is not just crazy funny, but also heartwarming.

Review: Southern Rep’s Airline Highway

Lisa D’Amour’s New Orleans-inspired drama wraps at UNO
WWOZ FM blares in the background and clothes are hung over the railing to dry at a pink motel on Airline Highway. Francis (Thomas Francis Murphy), an unshaven and disheveled man wearing a Defend New Orleans T-shirt and feathered crash helmet, bicycles onstage, carrying a basket of Mardi Gras beads.

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