Stage, theater and dance events in New Orleans this week (May 22-29, 2018)

The Truth Has Changed and Giselle
The Truth Has Changed Thu.-Sun.

Cripple Creek Theatre presents Sueño

Even royal children rebel – is it fate or free will?
There's an air of Greek tragedy in Spanish playwright Calderon de la Barca's 1635 work Life Is a Dream. When astrologers told the Polish King his son would bring harm, he had the Prince imprisoned at birth.

Southern Rep opens All the Way

A drama bout LBJ, Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights
Washington, D.C., politics and civil unrest are not usually as lurid or chaotic as they currently are, but many presidents have been at the center of dramatic tensions set against historic social change. In the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated himself to passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for which he had to corral support from liberal Democrats and conservative Southern Democrats.

Bryan Batt stars in An Act of God

God shares new commandments in the comedy at Le Petit Theatre
God wants people to know a few things. He doesn't meddle in which actors get what film roles, and he doesn't have time to help athletes get a ball in a hoop or score a touchdown — especially not in inconsequential second-division college games.

V4 Dance Festival unites at the CAC April 25-26

Two nights of performances from emerging companies from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary
Named for the Visegrad Group, a political alliance between Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, this dance festival was curated by Contemporary Arts Center Performing Arts Curator Laurie Uprichard for performances in New York and New Orleans. Each of the four nations is represented by one of its emerging contemporary dance companies.

New Orleans Opera Association celebrates 75th anniversary

An all-star roster of local and visiting singers performs April 20 & 22
The New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, with productions including two short operas — Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci — which opened its first season in June 1943. This gala concert features an all-star roster of veterans of its productions singing songs from works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Wagner and Bizet as well as American songbook classics by Gershwin and Broadway hits.

JPAS stages Catch Me If You Can

The blockbuster-turned-musical runs April 13-22
Were Frank Abagnale Jr. impersonating somebody today, he might be a Facebook subscriber hiding behind a phony photograph, or a scam artist promoting Bitcoin or a pyramid scheme. But 50 years ago, Abagnale was a teenager who successfully pretended to be an airline pilot, a pediatrician and a lawyer in Louisiana.

Terence Blanchard's boxing opera comes to the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Champion: An Opera in Jazz dramatizes the life of world champion boxer Emile Griffith
Boxers Emile Griffith and Benny "The Kid" Paret fought each other three times. In their final bout in 1962, Griffith took the title of world welterweight champion from Paret.

Theater and stage events in New Orleans this week (Feb. 27-March 5, 2018)

The Dumb Waiter and Bianca Del Rio
The Dumb WaiterThu.-Sat.

Classical Arts nominations announced

Presenting the Big Easy Foundation's nominees for classical music, opera and dance
The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special award recipients and nominations for performances of classical music, opera and dance in 2017. The winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Thursday, March 8 at the Monteleone Hotel.

Theater and dance events in New Orleans this week (Jan. 23-28, 2018)

Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera and Tango Fire
Tabasco: A Burlesque OperaThu.-Sun. Jan. 25-28 | An Irishman impersonating a French chef is under pressure to relieve a pasha of his palace's bland food in the operetta created in 1894 by George W. Chadwick.

Marigny Opera Ballet presents Jazz Ballets

The program features new works by local choreographers and musicians
Marigny Opera Ballet's new program Jazz Ballets features two new pieces by local choreographers and musicians and a reprise of Wary Heat, which premiered last year. Choreographer Gretchen Erickson takes inspiration from Quentin Tarantino's Westerns Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight for her love story, Silk and Smoke, performed to a commissioned piece by guitarist Russell Welch.

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    Spotlight Events

    • An Act of God @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

      • Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27
    • Sueno @ First Unitarian Universalist Church

      • Saturdays, Sundays and Fri., June 8, 8 p.m. Continues through June 10
    • The Three Musketeers @ Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

      • Wednesdays-Fridays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through May 27
    • Bayou Country Superfest @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome

      • Through May 27
    • The Truth Has Changed @ Contemporary Arts Center

      • Through May 27
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    • The Truth Has Changed @ Contemporary Arts Center

      • Through May 27
    • Bayou Country Superfest @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome

      • Through May 27
    • All the Way (On Stage)

      • Sat., May 26, 2 p.m., Sun., May 27, 7:30 p.m., Thu., May 31, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 1, 7:30 p.m., Sat., June 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 3 p.m.
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      • Through May 27
    • An Act of God @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

      • Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27

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