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10 Lousy Bucks

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NoDef Drama Writer Jim Fitzmorris ferrets out the actual cost of a Crescent City's evening at the theatre.

Today's Events: 8.1.11

August 1, when  Israel annexed East Jerusalem (1967), whe MTV aired its first music video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles (1981), and when the first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was held (1995). It's the birthday of Herman Melville (1819), Yves Saint Laurent (1936), Jerry Garcia (1942) and Coolio (1963), and last day of Mark Antony (30 BC). Don't worry about staying within boundaries today as you check out these:

The New Paradigm

A Post Le Petit New Orleans

During the same time that the crisis at Le Petit Theatre was mounting, NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris notes that the rest of the New Orleans theatre community was shifting courses, and locales.

'Brother,' A Review

Facing the Stage

NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris recommends Elm Theatre's production of Brother, despite his misgivings about the script.

Into the Maelstrom

Facing The Stage

NoDef's Drama Critic on a stunning performance in Silk Dress Productions' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.'

A Critical Line

Facing the Stage

NoDef's Drama Critic makes peace with unprofessional theatre.

A Feast of Languages

Facing the Stage

NoDef's drama critic offers a guide to viewing three local Shakespeare productions premiering over the next month

Women Who Kill, A Review

Facing the Stage

Featuring a high school teacher who quotes Mein Kampf, a Central American dictator whose accent comes and goes, and a United States Senator wearing ill-fitted clothes and an exposed tattoo, the American Theatre Project's production of China Clark’s Women Who Kill must be seen in order to be believed.


Orange Flower Water, A Review

Facing the Stage

There is so much to like in The Elm Theatre’s production of Craig Wright’s “Orange Flower Water,” it is almost impossible to know where to begin. Its performances speak a uniform honesty about the middle class malaise in which the play is set.

A Theatrical Desire

Facing the Stage

The boys from Broadway South got one thing right. They understood that New Orleans is the main event. Final Fours, Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games, The Jazz Fest, and, the mother of them all, Mardi Gras, have proved that New Orleans is quite capable of pulling it off in grand style.

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