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Today in NOLA 7.19.17


Happy hump day, y'all. Today, refresh your mid-week grind with a crystal session. The Catahoula Hotel hosts a rooftop screening of the Tom Cruise classic Cocktail, while actors and improvisers take a stab at an unscripted version of Romeo & Juliet. Comedy Central power couple Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher offer stand-up and relationship advice to the lovers of New Orleans. On this day in 1875, Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar was born. She was a poet, journalist and political activist and among the first generation to be born free in the South after the Civil War. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 


The Sunday Critic

FEEEELings: Once More With Dr Horrible Reviewed



Nothing is more pleasing to review than a show that changes my mind. So far my response to on-script ‘concert readings’ of pop-culture material, whether parodied or presented straight, has been a big ole “meh.” Along comes Four Sweater Vests with a double bill of material borrowed from adored television & film writer/producer Joss Whedon – most of the award-winning web series Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, followed by an abridged version of his famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling” – to make an irresistible argument that, for some tribute shows, concert readings are not just adequate but preferred. Full production of either of these charmers would only invite unpleasant comparisons to the big-budget originals and, given the lessened rehearsal commitment, the format allows high-octane talent to say yes.


Today in NOLA: 7.9.14


This evening, take in theatre old and new with Shakespeare at Tulane and new productions at Midcity Theatre and the Shadowbox. The OUTTakes Film Festival continues at the Old Firehouse with a pair of LGBTQ film screenings. Plus, Quintron and Miss Pussycat shake up Siberia. On this day in 1957, West Monroe, LA country singer Webb Pierce recorded “A Holiday for Love” for Decca Records. More details tonight:


State of Play: NOLA Theatre Listings for July 1-28


Hot, hot, hot. For July there’s loads of nostalgia, patriotism, three- and four-part harmonies, comedy … and, toward the middle of the month, two politically charged dramas and one highly praised solo-show revival. Productions listed in order of closing.


Today in New Orleans: 6.16.12


Today, join the marathon reading of “Ulysses” for Bloomsday at The Irish House, drink all-day to benefit The Roots of Music in Charity Poker Crawl, sing your heart out at the start of the five-week Stage Door Idol competition, rock out at Punk Fest at Big Top Three Ring Circus, and gawk at the many burlesque troupes hitting the town tonight. On this day in history, trombonist Homer Eugene was born in New Orleans (1914), and two barges rammed the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway, killing six people (1964). Now back to today: 


Twelfth Night: A Review

Facing the Stage



NoDef Drama Critic Jim Fitzmorris takes on the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane's production of Twelfth Night.


The Whirligig of Time

An Op-Ed Preview of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival's Twelfth Night



NoDef's Drama Critic takes a look at what the preparations for an anticipated local production say about the quality of New Orleans theatre.


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