Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: The Way at Midnight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Hannah Pepper-Cunningham stars in The Way at Midnight. - PHOTO BY JOHN BARROIS
  • Hannah Pepper-Cunningham stars in The Way at Midnight.

Mondo Bizarro, literally “strange world,” creates conceptual experiences that can leave audiences wondering where they are, in what time frame events are happening and what exactly is going on. But that dramatic approach also can allow freedom for internal exploration and interpretation.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: Guys and Dolls

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 5:17 PM


Guys and Dolls is a caricature of New York City circa 1931, overrun with shady gamblers, cutesy chorus girls and Irish cops. Despite scenes set in alleys, garages, nightclubs and the Save-a-Soul mission, Guys and Dolls is essentially a sweet love story about opposites who attract.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: The Underpants

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 2:09 PM


The Underpants, a play by comedian Steve Martin and currently being produced by Playmakers in Covington, makes me nostalgic for wardrobe malfunctions that don’t violate public decency laws. Martin adapted its script from Die Hose, a farce conceived in 1910 by German playwright Carl Sternheim, which details the unraveling of a married woman who accidentally drops her drawers in the midst of a crowd watching a parade. Everyone in Dusseldorf begins gossiping, and her husband believes his reputation besmirched.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Music Box Village announces fall 2017 schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Peaches performs with a full band Oct. 13 at the Music Box Village.
  • Peaches performs with a full band Oct. 13 at the Music Box Village.

The Music Box Village reopens in September for its second fall season since settling into a sprawling space in Bywater. The fall schedule opens with A Viper’s Dream by Ben Polcer and Amy Johnson in September, followed in October by electronic provocateur Peaches, backed by a band of New Orleans women artists.

Public hours are now free for Louisiana residents, and there also will be a "sunset happy hour" with a seasonal bar and weekend brunch with rotating pop-ups.

The village kicks off its new season with a free event from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16 with DJ Rusty Lazer.

Its September and October performances span music, dance and theater. Check the full schedule below.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Two Legs Bad water ballet comes to Drifter Hotel Sept. 21-30

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:34 PM

The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue. - DEVIN FLEMINGO
  • The cast of Two Legs Bad at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue.

Some sea creatures are more equal than others. Some water park creatures learn that the hard way in Two Legs Bad, a water ballet coming to The Drifter hotel Sept. 21-30. The show is inspired by George Orwell's Animal Farm and incorporates synchronized swimming and aerialists.

In the drama, sea lions Napoleon and Snowball lead a rebellion against the sea park where they live and work, and soon all the seahorses, killer whales and clown fish realize that the revolution hasn't worked out as they planned. Writer/director Alayne Gobeille and local water ballet ensemble New Orleans Aqua Mob created the show. A synchronized swimming coach is working with the cast on its aquatic movement, including backflips, hand motions, sculling and more.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: Caligula

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Ian Hoch stars in Caligula. - JASON KRUPPA
  • Ian Hoch stars in Caligula.

Every era has its tyrants. We’ve got Kim Jong-un. Not long ago, there was Idi Amin and Radovan Karadzic. When Albert Camus wrote Caligula about the crazed Roman emperor, the playwright was living in Nazi-occupied Paris, ruled by Adolf Hitler. Under these regimes, the despots ultimately brought destruction on their own people. That absurdity is the premise of Camus’ play, presented in a powerful and terrifying performance at Castillo Blanco Art Studios by Cripple Creek Theatre Company.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Constellations

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Christopher Ramage and Emily Russell star in Constellations. - PHOTO BY NICOLE MAYEUX
  • Christopher Ramage and Emily Russell star in Constellations.

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? Constellations, a 70-minute, two-character play being staged by Theatre Lab NOLA in an annex to the Outlaw Pizza Co., explores permutations in one couple’s relationship. Much of the enjoyment in watching this intimate performance derives from audience members projecting their personal experiences onto the fictional events.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Hairspray

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 3:34 PM


Hairspray, currently running at 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. The show’s humor is edgy, but its rendering is brilliant and heartwarming under the masterful direction of Michael McKelvey.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: The Tempest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Payton Smith and Danny Bowen star in The Tempest. - CAT LANDRUM
  • Payton Smith and Danny Bowen star in The Tempest.

The Tempest, written around 1610, is presumed to be Shakespeare’s final play, and perhaps a metaphor for a deteriorating monarchy. The drama, currently being 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. In the end, they are forgiven through the benevolence of Prospero (Danny Bowen), who suffered the most.

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