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Faux/Real Week Two Lineup



The Faux/Real Festival of the Arts is entering the second wekend of a three week run. With over 150 events, all the choices can get a bit confusing. So, NoDef compiled a quick rundown of your choices this weekend. Click on through to check out the offerings.


Arts Starts

Faux/Real Fest Lineup Reveal



The Faux/Real Festival of the Arts provided a sneak peak at their November lineup today. The fest will include over 80 performing arts productions, 30 food and drink events, and 60 literary readings. The schedule spans the gamut from classics to the avant-garde.


Fringe Fest to Evolve into faux/real

New Three Week Celebration Will Spotlight Performing Arts, Food, Drink, and Literature



Today, New Orleans Fringe announced that in 2015, the popular New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival will evolve into faux/real [a chain of events]. The new event will be a celebration of performing arts, food & drink, and literature in New Orleans staged over three weeks in November. NOLA Defender will produce faux/real with NoDef publisher B.E. Mintz serving as Executive Producer. New Orleans Fringe will provide support to transition and launch the new effort.


Fringe Finale

Reviews: My Horse's Name is Loneliness, Roller Rink Temptations



The plus of having your planned slate of Fringe Fest shows fall apart is that you start just wandering around to whatever’s still available and sounds interesting. That’s when synchronistic patterns emerge. Two of the four shows I saw Saturday night – My Horse’s Name is Loneliness, Aztec Economy’s sequel to its Fringe hit, My Aim is True, and newbie troupe Beaubourg’s production of Catherine Weingarten’s A Roller Rink Temptation – both seem to me to be modern, niche variations of the old-school gay sensibility’s main contribution to culture: Camp.


Today in Nola 11.23.14


Senator Mary Landrieu was born today. Po Boy fest kicks off on Oak St. Church throws down at the Dragons Den. Nola Comedy Hour and the Fringe Fest ensue on St. Claude. 


The Sunday Critic: Sarge, Enter Your Sleep, A Nudist's Wedding


Besides the opportunity to be windy and wordy, the main advantage of keeping my amateur status as a critic rather than going pro (i.e being paid) is that I am not obligated to the scene as a whole. I get to what I get to. I’ve taken a pass on many shows. Sometimes, there's a conflict, other times shows are just not ready for a review, and sometimes words just don't do justice to a work.


Fringe Singes

Reviews: Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and At the Hour, & More



The second night of Fringe bought a fresh round of premiers. NoDef was there to catch all the action and deliver a fresh round of reviews as well. Palindrome, Baghdad Puppies, Montana, Now and at the Hour, The Wake, and Professor Nakamoto's Nexus of Numbers are all tackled in this installation.


Fringe Flings: Cajun Face, Bullet, Exquisite Mistake, Myrtles, & More


The Fringe Festival kicked off on Wednesday (11.20) night. NoDef’s squad of writers was out on the scene to report back on the offerings. Reviews of Cajun Face, Bullet, Exquisite Mistake, It’s…The Myrtle Family Show, and The Cherry Jaxxxson Webcam Show follow.


Fringe Begins

NoDef's Theatre Critic Does Opening Night: Cicada, The Other Mozart, Boesman and Lena



Two or three years ago, I grew disgruntled with the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Except for any absolute obligation shows, I started avoiding it in its entirety. Sheer size had not made the fest a “victim of its own success.” There’d been no noticeable decline in the quality of its slate. Rather I believed that the rest of the New Orleans scene had fallen victim to it. It’s all in the timing: Whereas in most cities a fringe fest invigorates the off-season, the theatrical dead zone, ours had set up camp in the middle of prime time – in a town where workable periods for full-run shows is already severely limited by the major holidays – then grown so huge as to suck all the air out of the room. 


City Shutters Marigny Opera House Hours Before Fringe


Developing Story. NoDef will update as details emerge.

On Wednesday (11.19,) the New Orleans Fringe Festival opened, featuring performances in 39 venues. However, the program called for performances in 40 venues. The missing theater was the result of an injunction from the City of New Orleans served to the Marigny Opera House. Although, the downtown church-turned-theater was in the national spotlight for hosting Solange Knowles’ wedding on Saturday (11.15,) permitting issues now prohibit usage for the local festival.


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