Review: Camino Real

The production runs through Aug. 19 at Marigny Opera House
Throughout his career, Tennessee Williams wrestled with his inner demons, personifying them in weak or dispirited characters who often struggled to distinguish between fantasy and reality. The current production of Camino Real (not the Spanish royal road but the real road), presented by The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, portrays eccentric and destitute individuals living in a bleak world under apparent martial law.

Review: Constellations

Theatre Lab NOLA stages a drama about relationships
Many of us wonder what might have happened had we reacted differently in some intimate situation. Had our significant other spoken more plainly, truthfully, passionately, poignantly or persuasively, would the relationship have taken a turn?

Review: Summer Lyric's Hairspray

An entertaining version of the musical inspired by John Waters’ film
Hairspray, recently presented by Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University, could be just another nostalgic song and dance revue, featuring clueless teenagers with beehives and saddle shoes, but it's not. The musical, which ran for six years on Broadway and won eight Tony Awards, has multi-dimensional characters living in a segregated city just beginning to deal with difficult issues of race.

Live comedy in New Orleans this week (July 25-31, 2017)

Megaphone MarathonsTue.-Sat. July 25-29 | Comedy theater The New Movement's eighth annual improv and sketch comedy event spans two cities (last week in Austin, Texas, and this week in New Orleans) with dozens of performers and shows in tow.

Comedy and theater events in New Orleans this week (July 18-24, 2017)

By Any Scenes Necessary, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero, Sara Schaefer
By Any Scenes NecessaryWed. July 19 | Actors from The NOLA Project perform Romeo and Juliet as a long-form improv, recreating the drama without its script.

Review: The Tempest

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane stages Shakespeare’s classic
The Tempest, written around 1610, is presumed to be Shakespeare's final play — and perhaps a metaphor for a deteriorating monarchy. The drama, presented by New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, revolves around a group of men who cause considerable misery to others in pursuit of their political ambitions.

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (July 11-17, 2017)

Hairspray and You Don't Know the Half of It

Review: laughs find a way in See 'Em on Stage's Triassic Parq

Impressive musical chops and choreography in a kooky but ingenious spoof
Viewers of the film Jurassic Park may feel terrified for the story's imperiled staff and visitors, not to mention the pathetically bleating goat, but do they wonder how the dinosaurs feel? The monstrous, prehistoric, genetically engineered beasts are imprisoned by electrified fences on a remote island and used as entertainment for ecotourists.

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (July 4-10, 2017)

Sean Patton and The Tempest
Sean PattonFri. July 7 | The weekly Comedy F— Yeah showcase continues its summer streak with Louisiana native Sean Patton, a stand-up comic whose visceral performances forge delirious comedy from sometimes-manic, sometimes-tender storytelling.

Review: Annie Get Your Gun at Tulane

Summer Lyric Theatre celebrates 50th anniversary with wonderfully corny classic
For eons, women have played the weaker sex so men could feel stronger, but that ploy never sat well with Annie Oakley (Katie Howe), a backwoods sharpshooter and inspiration for the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun. The show's main character, who is based on a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, longs for attention from her competitor, Frank Butler (Jason Dowies), but cannot bring herself to let him win.

Review: It's Only a Play

Showbiz parody from Le Petit and The NOLA Project is pure entertainment
The 1980s Broadway theater community, known all too well by award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, came to life on the stage of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre recently in It's Only a Play, presented in conjunction with The NOLA Project. (McNally updated the work in 2014 so celebrity names, cultural references and personalities seem con- temporary.)

Live theater in New Orleans this week (June 20-26, 2017)

Annie Get Your Gun
Annie Get Your GunThu.-Sun. June 22-25 | Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre opens its 50th season with Irving Berlin's musical based on sharpshooting entertainers Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, featuring songs such as "There's No Business Like Show Business."


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