Review: The NOLA Project stages The Spider Queen

The group presents an imaginative story in City Park
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park is enchanting even without the appearance of super-sized puppets, medieval costumes, trolls, elves, druids and a minotaur. So, as The NOLA Project introduces a cast of fantastic creatures and lighting effects in its original production, The Spider Queen, audience members' imaginations ignite.

Theater and opera events in New Orleans this week (May 16-22, 2017)

Foreign to Myself and La Flamenca
Foreign to Myself

Review: Bye Bye Birdie at Rivertown

Reviving a vintage piece of Americana May 18-21 and 26-28
By the time Elvis Presley was drafted, he was a teenage heartthrob, drawing swarms of swooning teenagers everywhere he went. His induction into the Army in 1958 was the inspiration behind Bye Bye Birdie, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical parodying public appearances of a fictitious rock 'n' roll singer, Conrad Birdie (Trevor Brown).

Theater and comedy events in New Orleans this week (May 9-15, 2017)

The Spider Queen and Earthquake
The Spider QueenWed.-Fri. & Sun.

Review: Tartuffe

A classic social satire at Valiant Theatre
Moliere wrote Tartuffe 350 years ago, but Richard Wilbur's English translation of the French script feels contemporary. The social satire concerns a cleric who presents himself as pious while bamboozling a family, and the production at Valiant Theatre in Arabi draws big laughs.

Theater in New Orleans this week (May 2-8 2017)

Bye, Bye Birdie
Bye Bye BirdieFri.-Sun. May 5-20 | Talent agent Albert and his secretary Rosie cook up a big publicity stunt when their singer, teen idol Conrad Birdie, is drafted into the Army, but their plans go awry in the comedic musical, featuring the tunes "Put on a Happy Face" and "Telephone Hour."

Review: Storyville Collective stages Gutenberg! The Musical!

Gary Rucker and Sean Patterson star in the show at The Theatre at St. Claude
"Writing a musical is not easy," says Doug Simon (Gary Rucker), to which Bud Davenport (Sean Patterson) quips, "Hats off to you, Elton John!" Gutenberg!

Review: Le Petit Theatre stages Dividing the Estate

The theater presents Horton Foote’s drama
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote told compassionate and realistic stories about ordinary Americans coping with difficult situations and inevitable change. Sometimes called America's Chekhov, Foote built many of his stories around characters living in small Texas towns much like his childhood home.

Review: Storyville Collective's Hand to God

A drama about a demonic puppet exposes human flaws with forbidden fantasy
Interesting things happen when emotions are repressed. Sometimes they're channeled into a hobby and possibly great art, such as a symphony, a sculpture or a play.

Live theater in New Orleans this week (April 11-17, 2017)

PatoisThu.- Sun. April 13-16 | Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival features documentaries on the lead-poisoned water of Flint, Michigan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police, as well as the issues of activism, housing and more.

Review: Sweet Bird of Youth

Southern Rep presents Tennessee Williams’ tale of fading beauty
Tennessee Williams was obsessed with youth. In his play Sweet Bird of Youth, the two main characters desperately cling to memories of their pasts, each using the other in an effort to regain some semblance of their more attractive, younger selves.

Comedy and drag performances in New Orleans this week (April 4-9, 2017)

Dave Hill and Dina Martina
Dave Hill's Witch Taint: The Black Metal ChroniclesFri. April 7 | Comedian Dave Hill — who co-created the Phil Anselmo-starring Karate Kid-inspired series Metal Grasshopper — turns his lengthy email correspondence with a Norwegian black metal record label into a live show, with Phil Costello and a live performance from Hill's fictional (or is it?)

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    Caravan Stage Company opens Nomadic Tempest Friday

    Theater company performs on the deck of its boat at Pontchartrain Landing.
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    Review: The Spider Queen

    The NOLA Project presents an original work in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
    • May 17, 2017
  • Bills on minimum wage, LGBT non-discrimination move to full state Senate for consideration

    Bills on minimum wage, LGBT non-discrimination move to full state Senate for consideration

    State Sen. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, said he wished more legislators had the “cojones” to pass the minimum wage bill, which he said “takes a wrong turn” every session it is brought up.
    • May 17, 2017
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