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Festival After the Fest

Facing the Stage: NOLA Theatre Blooms After JazzFest

NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris shines the spotlight on the local theatrical explosion that follows JazzFest: 5 shows opening in 2 weeks.

Created Enchantment

A Streetcar Named Desire, Reviewed

NoDef Theatre Critic Jim Fitzmorris gets off at Elysian Fields, and heads to Michalopoulos Stuido for Southern Rep and InsideOut's production of Tennessee Williams' New Orleans-set classic of the American stage.

An Uneasy Anniversary

Facing the Stage: One Year In

Jim Fitzmorris marks his one-year anniversary as NOLA Defender Theatre Critic right back where he started: with a clarion call to the theatre community. 

Limited Character

Facing the Stage: Becky Shaw, Reviewed

NoDef Theatre Critic Jim Fitzmorris pays a visit to the Shadowbox Theatre for the Jonathan Mares Productions presentation of Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw.

Out of the Ashes

Facing the Stage: A Way Forward for New Orleans Theatre

NoDef Theatre Critic Jim Fitmorris continues the conversation about Mardi Gras and the New Orleans theatre community by proposing a four-act roadmap for moving local stage productions out of the shadows of tractor floats.

Wrestling the Gorilla

Facing the Stage

NoDef Theatre Critic Jim Fitzmorris weighs in on the conversation he started last week with an article that argued New Orleans' glorious, mammoth Mardi Gras celebration diverts creative energy and arts infrastructure from the local theatre scene. 

The 800 lb. Gorilla

Facing the Stage: An Editorial

As he gets ready for Krewe du Vieux, NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris posits that New Orleans' theatrical growth is stunted by the creative, performance-based explosion that is Carnival season.

Interrogative Scenes

Facing the Stage: An Editorial

NoDef's drama scribes discuss the state of New Orleans theatre, the rapidly evolving scene's prospects for further national recognition and consider the purpose of the form in this town.

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