Live theater in New Orleans this week (Nov. 21-27, 2017)

Hello Dawlin'Fri.-Sat. Nov. 24-25 | Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson), Sean Patterson and pianist Jefferson Turner reprise their musical mashup tribute to Broadway and New Orleans, with "Phantom of the Okra," "West Bank Story," "Les Miserardi Gras" and more.

Review: Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

See 'Em On Stage dramatizes the 'crime of the century' at AllWays Theatre
In 2017, the deadliest shooting in U.S. history was committed by one person operating semi-automatic weapons, but 100 years ago, the "crime of the century" was committed by two promising university students wielding a chisel. The bizarre story of Nathan Leopold (John Fitzpatrick) and Richard Loeb (Eli Timm), two wealthy friends from Chicago who kidnapped, ransomed and murdered a teenage acquaintance in 1924, remains chilling for its cold-blooded senselessness.

InFringe Festival presents alternative theater Nov. 15-19

Solo shows, poetry, puppetry and more in Marigny and Bywater
With more than 30 productions at nine venues in four days, InFringe Fest is building a theater event in the model of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, which became the Faux/Real festival for a couple of years, changed its format and went defunct after last year's run. The Fringe was known for its diverse array of genres and mash-ups, and InFringe presents a similar mix of alternative theater, solo shows, poetry-driven performances, puppetry, sideshow acts, burlesque and more from local and visiting performers.

Review: The Last Five Years

A pop-rock musical at Le Petit Theatre runs through Nov. 19
Who hasn't experienced the waning of love's first blush? The Last Five Years, directed by Michael E. McKelvey at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, follows the unfolding of a young couple's relationship, withering over five years from ecstatic meeting to sorrowful parting.

Review: Caroline, or Change

JPAS and Loyola University present Tony Kushner’s musical
Musicals don't often wrestle with weighty societal issues, but Caroline, or Change takes on civil rights, low wages and oppression, setting its story to a wide array of American music, including blues, spirituals, Motown, klezmer and folk, scored by one of Broadway's most accomplished composers, Jeanine Tesori. With poignant lyrics and book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes), masterfully presented by Jefferson Performing Arts Society and Loyola University's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Caroline, or Change is one of the season's most powerful productions.

Live theater in New Orleans this week (Nov.7 - 13, 2017)

Go ForthThu.-Sat. Nov. 9-11 | A veteran of New York experimental theater companies, Kaneza Schaal explores burial rites and the transition to an afterlife in a multimedia piece based on the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead and its practice of weighing the heart.

Review: Titus Andronicus at AllWays Theatre

See ’Em On Stage presents Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy
Billed as Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus is believed to be one of the playwright's first works and not his finest. Presented by See 'Em On Stage at the AllWays Theatre, it includes 14 killings, six severed members, one rape, one live burial, one case of insanity and one of cannibalism — "an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines," according to Renaissance scholar S. Clarke Hulse.

Review: On the Road with Bob Hope and Friends

The National World War II Museum celebrates USO tours with a musical revue
It would be a tremendous understatement to call Bob Hope a cultural icon. He was a comedian, singer, dancer, author, radio and TV personality, film and Broadway star and host of 19 Academy Awards shows, but Hope probably was best known for 50 years' headlining United Service Organization (USO) shows around the world, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, from World War II through the Gulf War.

Scott Joplin's Treemonisha comes to the Music Box Village Oct. 21-22

OperaCreole and Cripple Creek Theatre present the opera
Getting an education shouldn't be a liability. But in Scott Joplin's opera, Treemonisha, a young woman who confronts conjurers who sell "bags of luck" to superstitious people finds herself under suspicion.

Review: Southern Rep stages a spellbinding Fun Home

Alison Bechdel’s musical memoir runs through Oct. 22
Siblings often hold onto different memories of their family's experiences. Their varied perceptions of events often change as they mature and have their own adult experiences.

Review: The NOLA Project presents Urinetown

The group shines in the satirical musical
Food, clothing and shelter are the most commonly acknowledged basic human needs, but what about the need to pee? The premise of Urinetown, a melodramatic Broadway musical currently being presented by The NOLA Project and Theatre UNO, concerns a corporate-controlled social order in which citizens not only are charged for use of the facilities but company police arrest those daring to indiscriminately pee.

Review: Once on This Island at Le Petit Theatre

Dazzling choreography drives the Afro-Caribbean musical
It was ironic that while a violent storm ravaged a Caribbean island in the opening scene of Once on This Island, Hurricane Maria was battering Puerto Rico in real life. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre presented the Afro-Caribbean musical, and its scenery in the wake of the story's storm was much more uplifting than scenes in Puerto Rico, as islanders in the play emerged wearing vibrantly colored costumes amid a profusion of tropical vegetation framed against a cobalt sky.

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