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State of Play: 9.18-9.24

Compiled by Michael Martin

After a slew of openings last week, the fall theatre season has attained cruising altitude. A new installation of 3x3 is added to the mix as is The Misanthrope at UNO. Plus, nine other productions are continuing their runs. Check out the full listings below.

State of Play: 9.10-9.16

Compiled by Michael Martin

Bam! Labor Day is over. The fall season approaches full force. Six new productions are opening this week. Plus, "Marie Antoinette" and "Be A New Orleanian" continue their popular runs.

State of Play: 8.27-9.09

Compiled by Michael Martin

The fall theatre season is upon us. Early offerings are beginning this week with a Katrina retrospective, new work from Jim Fitzmorris, and the NOLA Project's "Marie Antoinette." On the North Shore, lesbians and hitches are in, and Mary Poppins is ready to take flight. Click on through for all of this week's offerings.

State of Play: 8.21-8.26

The lull before the storm ahs begun. The theatre scene in NOLA is in the midst of a reprieve in advance of fall seasson. However, there are still some shows to see. The Cradle Will Rock, Flowers in the Attic, and What Difference Does It Make are continuing their sucessful runs.

State of Play: 8.13-8.19

Compiled by Michael Martin

NOLA theatre is almost as hot as the mercury this week. Four new productions are opening including the highly anticipated Flowers in the Attic. Holdovers usch as the much ballyhooed Book of Liz and The Cradle will Rock are continuing their runs. Click on through for full listings.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.29-8.12

Compiled by Michael Martin

These are unusually lively dog days for the New Orleans theatre scene. A much-missed venue reopens under new management, an equally missed company returns with one of its biggest productions to date, two ambitious new companies make their debuts…and it isn’t even Labor Day yet.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.16-7.23

Compiled by Michael Martin

A lively pair of musicals and the blackest of black comedies open soon. Plus Halley's Comet continues her ride and Earnest stays important. For a full listing of this week's theatrical offerings, click on through.

Sunday Critic: The Miracle Worker

By Michael Martin

The Sunday Critic spends so much time in over his head in storefronts, parsing new work and non-traditional stagings that it’s easy to forget, or under-rate, the satisfactions to be had from the traditional American well-made play. William Gibson’s evergreen The Miracle Worker is enjoying a near-perfect revival at the Bayou Playhouse under the loving guidance of Bayou artistic director Perry Martin, who began his career with a production of the classic showdown between teacher Annie Sullivan and blind-and-deaf “wild child” Helen Keller almost three decades ago. With a couple of audience-demand performances added to this closing weekend, you can just make it to Lockport if you jump in the car.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 6.03-6.09

Compiled by Michael Martin

Three major dramas open this week, including two area premieres and one world premiere. Plus, a couple hits continue their run. So, as the weather heats up, enjoy the cool inside of a theatre. Click through for full listings.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.26-6.02

Compiled by Michael Martin

Tourist season may be tapering off, but theatre season is stil on full blast. Arlen, Darlin'Creep Cuts, and Rent are all opening. Verbatim Verbotem is returning and Sondheim's Merrily, We Roll Along is, well, rolling along. Click on through for a full rundown of this week's offerings.

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