Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: On the Road Bob Hope & Friends

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 12:12 PM


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, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, from World War II through the Gulf War. His mission was to bolster the morale of servicemen, often in war zones, through comedy sketches and performances with beautiful women performers.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Deven Green, aka 'America's Best Christian,' coming to Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM


Comedian Deven Green is better known to many as Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian." On her YouTube channel, Bowers delves into what's actually in the Bible on a host of topics. One episode about traditional marriage explores many of the odder marital pretexts and arrangements found in the Bible. Green also is known for a parody of Melania Trump that went viral.

Green sings and plays ukulele, and she will perform (not as Bowers) in New Orleans for the first time when she joins Varla Jean Merman in a cabaret show at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10. Merman, aka Jeffery Roberson, will perform songs from her latest show, Bad Heroine. The two will do some songs together.

Bible stories after the jump.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Urinetown

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Keith Claverie stars in Urinetown. - JOHN B. BARROIS
  • Keith Claverie stars in Urinetown.

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. A siren blares when Old Man Strong (Ian Hoch) discharges against a building, and he is dragged off to the dreaded Urinetown.

“We can’t have you peeing for free,” Officer Lockstock warns.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: Mr. Burns: a post electric play

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 4:35 PM


In the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob gets out of jail and tries to kill Bart. The episode originally aired in 1993 in the series’ fifth season. With The Simpsons’ more than 600 episodes in rerun on TV, its world seems timeless if not ubiquitous.

Sitting around a campfire with a small group of friends, Matt (Rahim Glaspy) recounts the “Cape Feare” episode scene-by-scene in the opening act of Mr. Burns: a post electric play, currently running at Art Klub’s rough-hewn space in St. Roch. He even explains how the cartoon mimicked the camera angles in the 1962 thriller Cape Fear (starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum), upon which the episode is based. The others chime in to repeat lines of Simpsons dialogue and correct plot points: Lisa had a penpal!

It all goes well until a stranger approaches and panic takes over the circle.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: Once on This Island

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 12:31 PM


The irony was not lost, upon watching a violent storm ravage a Caribbean island in the opening scene of Once on This Island, that at the same time Hurricane Maria was battering Puerto Rico. The Afro-Caribbean-set musical is currently running at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and the scenery in the wake of the story’s storm is much more uplifting as islanders emerge wearing vibrantly colored costumes among a profusion of tropical vegetation framed against a cobalt sky.

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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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