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Theater and stage events in New Orleans in Fall 2016 

click to enlarge The Illusionists perform at the Saenger Theatre Oct. 25-30.

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The Illusionists perform at the Saenger Theatre Oct. 25-30.

Thru. Sept. 24
Boom (The Valiant Theatre) Rockfire Theatre presents a dark comedy about a couple who meet on the internet and become the only survivors of the apocalypse.

Thru. Sept. 24
The Sound of Music (Saenger Theatre) The touring Broadway production features Rodgers and Hammerstein's version of the von Trapp Family Singers evading the Nazis.

Thru. Sept. 25
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (30 by Ninety Theatre) Maggie and Brick's marriage falls apart in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

Thru Oct. 1
Let the Good Times Roll (Rivertown Theaters) The Big Easy Boys present a jukebox musical featuring hits of the 1950s and '60s.

Thru Oct. 2
Pippin (Le Petit Theatre) Prince Pippin finds satisfaction in the daily pleasures of life in the musical set in Charle- magne's France.

Thru Oct. 2
West Side Story (Jefferson Performing Arts Center) Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the classic musical love story set against rival New York gangs.

Sept. 23-Oct. 8
Sylvia (Cutting Edge Theater) A.J. Gurney's comedy follows a couple who adopt an amazing dog.

Sept. 24-Oct. 1
Numb (Catapult, 609 Ferdinand St.) Goat in the Road production reprises its original work about the invention of anesthesia.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1
A History of Comedy (The Valiant Theatre) Parodying the style of the series Cosmos, Carl Sagan recounts man's time on Earth in this comedy.

Oct. 1-22
Niagara Falls (The Theatre at St. Claude) Justin Maxwell's new play explores ghost tales, political corruption and longing.

Oct. 5-23
Airline Highway (UNO, Nims Theatre) Southern Rep presents Lisa D'Amour's (Detroit) work about colorful characters at a cheap motel on Airline Highway.

Oct. 6
Judy Kuhn (NOCCA) The star from the original Broadway production of Les Miserables sings, accompanied by pianist Seth Rudetsky.

Oct. 7-23
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Slidell Little Theatre) The producers of a Broadway flop search for a killer in a comic romp channeling Hollywood blockbusters.

Oct. 13-31
The Toxic Avenger (The Musical) (The Valiant Theatre) See 'Em On Stage presents the musical based on the 1984 cult clas- sic film about a New Jersey town overrun with toxic waste and its unlikely hero.

Oct. 20-Nov. 5
4000 Miles (Ashe Power House Theater) The NOLA Project presents a story about a young man re-connecting with his 91-year-old grandmother after a cross-country bike trip.

Oct. 21-29
The Rocky Horror Show (Cutting Edge Theater) A stranded couple seek refuge in the bizarre home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the popular musical.

Oct. 25-30
The Illusionists (Saenger Theatre) The Broadway show features seven magicians presenting an array of tricks and feats.

Oct. 28-Nov. 13
The Jeweler's Shop (30 by Ninety Theatre) The drama looks at three couples' marriages.

Oct. 28-Nov. 13
Zombie Prom! The Musical (Playmakers) A high school is upset by nuclear mishaps in this campy zombie musical.

Nov. 2-20
Grounded (Loyola  University, Lower Depths Theatre) Kerry Cahill plays an Air Force pilot grounded by an unplanned pregnancy in this Southern Rep production.

Nov. 4-20
1776 The Musical (Rivertown Theaters) The musical revisits the signing of the Declaration of Independence and features Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock and others.

Nov. 4-20
The Dance on Widow's Row (Anthony Bean Community Theater) A group of widows jumps back into the dating pool after burying a few too many husbands in this light comedy.

Nov. 4-20
Freud's Last Session (Le Petit Theatre) In 1939, Dr. Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis engage in a spirited battle of wits over topics of love, sex, theism and more.

Nov. 4-13
Funny Girl (Jefferson Performing Arts Center) Butch Caire directs the classic musical about a young New York performer who works toward her big break with the Ziegfeld Follies in this Jefferson Performing Arts Society production.

Nov. 4-5
Varla Jean Merman's A Little White Music (Cafe Istanbul) Varla Jean Merman's show plucks the tunes from the American songbook celebrating the whitest of white things.

Nov. 11-19
Ticket to Ride (Cutting Edge Theater) The show features the music of Karen Carpenter.

Nov. 11-20
Tour Detour (Ashe Power House Theater) A soldier visits his father in jail before embarking on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan in Harold Clark's drama.

Nov. 17-20
Little Shop of Horrors (The Valiant Theatre) St. Bernard Parish-based The Company presents the musical about a florist and his Venus flytrap.

Nov. 18-19
Juarez: A Documentary Mythology (CAC) Theater Mitu's drama explores the identity of a city that has become synonymous with drugs and violent crime.

Nov. 22-27
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Saenger Theatre) The touring Broadway musical retells Dr. Seuss' classic tale about the cold-hearted Grinch and the people of Whoville.

Nov. 25-Dec. 11
Over the River and Through the Woods (Slidell Little Theater) A New Jersey couple conspires to keep their grandson from moving away to take his dream job in this comedy.

Dec. 1-18
A Lion in Winter (Avant-Garden District, 2901 Tchoupitoulas St.) See 'Em On Stage presents a drama about the royal familial disputes between King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Dec. 2-18
Holidazed (Rivertown Theaters) Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson and Jefferson Turner present an offbeat holiday show.

Dec. 2-11
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) (Teatro Wego) When many actors don't show, a cast of three must stand in and play all roles in a variety show in this comedy by Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

Dec. 2-18
You Belong to Me (Anthony Bean Community Theater) A man questions his life and faith after his business falls on hard times in this gospel play by Anthony Bean.

Dec. 3-23
Mr. Puntila and His Man Matti (Titanic Theater, 1340 Montegut St.) In Bertolt Brecht's comedy, an aristocrat is kind to his servant when drunk, cruel when sober.

Dec. 9-10
Notes of a Native Song (CAC) Stew & Heidi present a musical multimedia show reflecting on James Baldwin's depiction of the intersection of race, class and sexuality.

Dec. 9-18
The Nutcracker (30 by Ninety Theatre) The musical is based on the classic holiday tale of a toy come to life.

Dec. 9-18
Tuna Christmas (Playmakers) A small town in Texas celebrates the holidays.

Dec. 13-18
Jersey Boys (Saenger Theatre) The touring Broadway jukebox musical features the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Dec. 15
Gavin Creel (NOCCA) The star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon sings, accompanied by Seth Rudetsky.

Dec. 15-17
Santaland Diaries and Season's Greetings (The Valiant Theatre) Rockfire Theatre presents David Sedaris' one-man show about working at a department store during the holidays.

Dec. 22-23
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen's Christmas Without Tears (Le Petit Theatre) The actor and voice of The Simpsons and his spouse and singer host a holiday singalong with guests.

Dec. 29-Jan. 8, 2017
Gone With the Breaking Wind (Rivertown Theaters) Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham and Sean Patterson reprise their parody of Gone With the Wind.

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  • The Toxic Avenger @ The Theatre at St. Claude
    2240 St. Claude Ave.

    • Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
  • 4000 Miles @ Ashe Cultural Arts Center
    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

    • Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave.

    • First Saturday of every month
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    2820 St. Claude Ave.

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