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Updated: BZA Defers Vote on T-Shirt Shop

Tourists will have ample access to sassy graphic tees and souvenirs for at least another month.  The future of 13 French Quarter t-shirt shops still hangs in the balance after today’s meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustments. Real estate and zoning attorney Justin Schmidt received an injunction for 10 out of 13 shops in question. 

State of Play: Theatre Listings May 5-11

The annual post-JazzFest eruption of theatre begins. Get a jump on what’s about to be a raft of difficult choices (and congratulate these companies for doing their tech while the festival was still dominating the city) by enjoying a selection of the following, listed in order of opening:

Expressionism! Whiteface! Peas!

Theatre Review: NO space’s Woyzeck at The Old Ironworks

“Fire! Blood! Booze!” That’s the promo slogan for NO space’s debut, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, which recently closed a one-weekend run outside The Old Ironworks.

A Walk in Her Shoes

Review: Solo Show 'Shoebox Lounge' at Shadowbox Theatre

NoDef reviews Jen Pagan's solo performance, a funny, sad tale of shoes, booze, and lost loves.  

Long Day's Journey Into Night, Reviewed

Eugene O'Neill's Masterwork Gets December Run in Marigny

With guitar-strumming cats, robot children and John Waters himself all on the December menu, the New Orleans arts community appears to have signed a pact to keep the city's holiday season entertainment offerings from having any note of predictability this year. Meanwhile, over on Elysian Fields, Four Humours Theater and the Promethean Theatre Co. are off in their own self-contained family portrait.

The Insanity of Mary Girard

A NoDef Theatre Review

Last weekend, the Shadowbox Theatre opened Lanie Robertson’s The Insanity of Mary Girard, a chilling piece of powerlessness and despair.

Open Studios, Draw-a-Thon Break Art-Public Barriers

Before weighing in on redevelopment and shopping artists' wares at the Night Market, voyeurs and the general public alike will get a chance to throw back the curtain on the creative process Saturday. From noon to 6 p.m., the second annual NOLA Open Studios will throw back the curtain on the creative process at about 20 spaces across the Greater Marigny-Bywater-9th Ward area. Saturday is also the annual Draw-a-Thon which has changed locations this year from The Green Project to the Old Ironworks building on Piety St.

Into the Maelstrom

Facing The Stage

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

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