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Fringe, Singed

NoDef Reviews the New Orleans Fringe Fest

The streets overfloweth with performance once again, as the New Orleans Fringe Festival is upon us. Once again NoDef's crack team is taking to the streets to review all the plays, musicals, dance performances and one-man capers we can muster. The first batch of reviews are out of the oven. Check back for more as the fest rolls on.

The Soul of Brit

'A Brit Summer Night's Dream' Charms Its Way Into Mid-City

New Orleans wouldn't be a truly international city without a salty Brit telling us what's proper. Owen Legendre talks to the man who's playing the part in front of his latest show in Mid-City.

Fringe's Feathers, Fishnet, & Felt

by Phil Yiannopoulos

Geographically at the fringes of the Fringe, Nola Spaces provides a beautiful uptown venue for Nola Girl Jam's production of Fringe, Feathers, Fishnet, & Felt.  The renovated space carries a classic charm laden with a classiness reminiscent of the drawing rooms of Storyville.  The variety show includes a range of songs from powerhouses Meschiya Lake and Caroline Fourmy, down the aisle burlesque from Bella Blue, dance from the Camel Toe Steppers, and chorus girl shenanigans from the Frenchmen St. Dancers, all accompanied by a "live hot jazz" piano.

Today in New Orleans: 6.19.12

Today, allow Aziz Ansari to make you laugh in Armstrong Park, listen to John T. Edge talk about America’s food trucks, listen to Ann Tuennerman talk about Tales of the Cocktail, discuss the future of Fringe Fest at the Lost Love Lounge, and proto-punk out to Jonathan Richman’s solo show at One Eyed Jack’s. On this day in history, Texas and Louisiana celebrate the official freedom of slaves on Juneteenth (1865), African Americans protesting discrimination began a bus boycott in Baton Rouge (1953) and Kermit Ruffins performed for President George W. Bush at the White House (2007). Take your Tuesday:

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.

The Fog of the Body

Facing the Stage, Fringe Edition

With the final stretch of last weekend's theatre bombardment in the books, NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris pulls together all of the 2011 New Orleans Fringe Fest's two thousand parts.

Fringe's Final Lap

More Drama Reviews to Guide You Through the New Orleans Fringe Fest's Last Day

Updated 11.20, 5 p.m.

Careful not to blink, or Fringe might be gone. Last night, NoDef reviewers got site-specific, spoken-to and self-reflective. Check out these reviews to see how it all shook out:

(Still More) Views from the Fringe

More Reviews From N.O. Fringe Fest Day 2 To Ease Your Weekend Picking Pains

In this second round of reviews from Day 2 of the New Orleans Fringe theatre festival, NoDef's team ran into zombies, dance, an empty refrigerator, and much more. All of the plays reviewed here play at least three more times throughout the weekend, so check them out when doin' your cipherin' on which of the 70 shows to choose.

Today's Events: 11.17.11

Today, Fringe Fest continues everywhere all the time, Rafapalooza rages for nonviolence at Bayou Beer Garden, and Beanie Sigel plays Howlin Wolf. But once upon a time, Egypt’s Suez Canal was inaugurated (1869),) the Zapatista Army of National Liberation was founded in Mexico (1983), Arnold Schwartzenegger was sworn in as governor of California (2003); It’s Martin Scorsese (1942), Danny Devito (1945), and RuPaul’s (1960) birthday, and International Students’ Day. So open your textbooks to these:

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