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Theater and stage events in New Orleans this fall 

Musicals, cabaret, magic and more

click to enlarge Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman and Sean Patterson star in Hello Dawlin’ at Rivertown Theaters.

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Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman and Sean Patterson star in Hello Dawlin’ at Rivertown Theaters.

Thru Sept. 23


David Mamet's drama about a professor and a student explores sexual politics and political correctness on a college campus.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


The Way at Midnight

In Mondo Bizarro's multimedia show, duos including old war buddies and a punk rock band explore how maps influence identity.



Thru Sept. 24

Guys and Dolls

In the Broadway musical, small time gamblers bet on love and deception when they set up an illicit game in a salvation mission.

Rivertown Theaters


The Importance of Being Earnest

A British socialite goes to elaborate lengths to avoid social obligations in Oscar Wilde's comedy.

30 by Ninety Theater


Thru Oct. 1

So Happy Together: "The Greatest Hits" of the Big Easy Boys

JPAS presents The Big Easy Boys' musical revue featuring hits of the 1950s and '60s.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre


Once on This Island

The musical recounts the love story of Ti Moune and a rich boy from the other side of their Caribbean island home.

Le Petit Theatre


Sept. 21-30

Two Legs Bad

Two sea lions lead a rebellion at the water park in a drama/water ballet inspired by George Orwell's Animal Farm.

The Drifter Hotel, 3522 Tulane Ave.


Sept. 22-Oct. 7

Mr. Burns: a post electric play

Rockfire Theatre and The Radical Buffoon(s) present a post-apocalyptic world where reminiscences about Simpsons episodes spirals into a mythical appreciation of pre-disaster popular culture.

Art Klub


Sept. 22-30

White Winged Dove

Nina Cain performs the one-woman show about and featuring the music of Stevie Nicks.

Cutting Edge Theater


Sept. 27

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

Local performers present scenes and songs banned from shows including Cabaret, Chicago, Rent and Angels in America.

Art Klub


Sept. 27-Oct. 22

Fun Home

Southern Rep presents the adaptation of Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel, in which she recounts her early years, how she realized her sexual identity and the influence of her domineering father.



Sept. 29

A Viper's Dream

The show combines a love story, jazz and swing music, dancers and music by Ben Polcer, Sarah Quintana, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Aurora Nealand and others.

Music Box Village


Sept. 29 & Oct. 1

Hello, Dawlin!

Ricky Graham, Jeff Roberson and Sean Patterson star in the spoof of classic musicals as New Orleans stories, such as "West Bank Story!" and "Les Miserardi Gras."

Rivertown Theaters


Sept. 29-Oct. 14


The NOLA Project presents the farce about a town which has outlawed private toilets and where one ruthless company owns all the public facilities.



Sept. 30

Vaudeville at the Valiant

The variety show includes opera- singing sideshow man Guglielmo, knife-thrower Madame Daggers, Chatty the Mime, burlesque dancer GoGo McGregor and acrobat and fire-breather LadyBEAST.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Oct. 6-15


The Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the classic musical about Roxie Hart, who plots her path to fame from a Chicago jail cell.



Oct. 6-22


A prophecy coupled with his own ambition spurs Macbeth and his eager wife into a murderous plot to rule Scotland in Shakespeare's tragedy.

Slidell Little Theatre


Oct. 8-9

Ed Asner's A Man and His Prostate

The TV star from Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore Show stars in the one-man comedy about a traveler who falls ill while on vacation in Italy.

Le Petit Theatre


Oct. 12

Champions of Magic

The team of British illusionists performs.

Orpheum Theater


Oct. 13-Nov. 26

On the Road with Bob Hope & Friends

The variety show features Bill Johnson as Bob Hope and revisits his tours entertaining the troops.

National World War II Museum, BB's Stage Door Canteen


Oct. 19-22

Cry You One

ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro reprise the story about the effect of wetland loss on communities in coastal Louisiana.

1200 Mirabeau Ave.


Oct. 20-Nov. 5

August: Osage County

Family secrets are revealed when a trio of sisters return home to comfort their caustic mother after their father disappears.

Playmakers Theater


Titus Andronicus

See 'Em On Stage presents Shakespeare's bloody drama about the conquering Roman general.

AllWays Theatre


Oct. 20-28

Escape to Margaritaville

A singer/bartender falls in love with a tourist in the musical inspired by and featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett.

Saenger Theatre


Rocky Horror Sideshow Freak — Under the Big Top

In the oddball musical, Brad and Janet, a stranded couple, seek refuge in a mansion of a mad scientist.

Cutting Edge Theater


Oct. 21-22 & 27-28


The burlesque-filled parody of Stephen King's It features the Losers Club battling their childhood menace, a clown.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Oct. 25

Charli Hides + A Dozen Divas

Charli Hides presents his camp tribute to Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga and other performers.

Cafe Istanbul


Oct. 27

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus Live

The one-man comedy is based on John Gray's best-selling book about the differences between men and women.



Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Caroline, or Change

JPAS presents the story of an African-American mother who works taking care of other people's children and pushes for social change in her community in Lake Charles in 1963.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre


Oct. 28-Nov. 12

The Boy in the Bathroom

In the musical, an obsessive compulsive philosophy student retreats to his mother's bathroom and a house sitter tries to draw him out as she falls for him.

30 by Ninety Theater


Nov. 2-19

The Battle for New Orleans

The NOLA Project presents the premiere of Jim Fitzmorris' play about an upscale food court opening in a gentrifying neighborhood.

St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center, 2045 Constance St.


The Odd Couple

The company presents a male and a female version of Neil Simon's comedy about ill-suited roommates.

Rivertown Theaters


Nov. 3-19

The Last Five Years

A divorced couple offer different perspectives on the highs and lows of their five-year relationship in Jason Robert Brown's drama with a pop-rock score.

Le Petit Theatre


Nov. 9

Adam Trent

The magician/illusionist from the original Broadway show, The Illusionists, performs.

Saenger Theatre


Nov. 9-11

Go Forth

New York artist Kaneza Schaal's piece uses dance, chants and video projections in an exploration of longing based on burial rites.



Nov. 10-12

[Title of show]

A writer and a composer struggle to create a work of musical theater.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Nov. 10-19

Nightmare Before Christmas the Musical

In the adaptation of Tim Burton's film, the Pumpkin King discovers Christmastown and tries to bring it under his ghoulish control.

Cutting Edge Theater


Nov. 10-26

Thrill Me

See 'Em On Stage presents Stephen Dolgninoff's account of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who committed murder and attempted to get away with the crime of the century.

AllWays Theatre


Nov. 14-19

The King and I

A British school teacher charms the King of Siam in the touring Broadway production.

Saenger Theatre


Nov. 24-Dec. 10

The Happy Elf

In Harry Connick Jr.'s jazz-infused holiday musical, Eubie the Elf tries to spread holiday cheer in the town of Bluesville.

Slidell Little Theatre


Nov. 29-Dec. 23

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Southern Rep presents the holiday-set comic drama featuring the Darcys, Jane Austen's characters from Pride and Prejudice.

Marquette Theatre, Loyola University


Nov. 29-Dec. 27

Home for the Holidays with the Victory Belles

The troupe sings and dances its way through holiday songs and hits from the 1940s.

National World War II Museum, BB's Stage Door Canteen


Dec. TBA

Not About Nightingales

The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans presents Tennessee Williams' drama about a prison hunger strike.


Dec. 1-10

Butch Caire's Holly Jolly Family Friendly Vintage TV Christmas Special

Becky Allen guest stars in the show inspired by 1960s TV variety shows.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre


Dec. 5

Cirque Holidaze

The holiday musical features singers, acrobats, balancing acts and other circus arts.

Saenger Theatre


Dec. 7-10

They Don't Eat Corn Here

Reese Johanson presents her solo performance piece about food, travel and personal change.

Art Klub


Dec. 8-10

A Nightmare Before Christmas Burlesque

Local burlesque dancers present their version of Tim Burton's film in which Halloween characters celebrate Christmas.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Dec. 8-17

Steel Poinsettias

Ricky Graham, Jeffrey Roberson and Sean Patterson star in the mash-up of Steel Magnolias and holiday shows.

Rivertown Theaters


Tuck Everlasting

Young Winnie Foster learns the secret of the Tuck family's eternal youth and much choose between her regular life and following the family.



Dec. 16

It's a Wonderful Life

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation presents a radio play version of the holiday story.

Valiant Theatre & Lounge


Dec. 23

A Very Electric Christmas

Lightwire Theater presents its holiday show about a baby bird lost at Christmastime.

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