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State of Play: NOLA Theatre 9.3-9.8

This weekend’s theatrical calendar boasts a spate of early-fall openings, including Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the modern literary classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. If you missed MidCity Theatre’s comedic homage to the Bard and the Dude, you’ll be happy to learn that Two Gentlemen of Lebowski is held over for this weekend. Full listings follow.

Alice Among the Sculptures: NOLA Project Opens 'Adventures in Wonderland'

In the NOLA Project's latest outdoor, theatrical romp, the NOMA Sculpture Garden is woven into Wonderland and the audience decides on their play. Then, there are the fart noises. Adventures in Wonderland, which opens Wednesday (May 7), seeks to pull the scenery and the crowd into the production for an immersive twilight journey through the land first dreamed up by Lewis Carroll in 1865.

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:

Today in New Orleans 12.8.13

Who Dat! The Saints are playing the Panthers in the Dome tonight. Get into the Christmas spirit at City Park, or see the NOLA Project's unauthorized Scientology-themed holiday musical. On this day in 1879, the state capital was moved from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Settling the Stage

NOLA Project’s ‘Oregon Trail: The Play,’ Reviewed

While there may be a generational cutoff for younger audience members, the sorrow that accompanies the phrase "You have died of dysentary" remains timeless.

Art Klub Bumped to Tuesdays at Cafe Istanbul

Art Klub’s weekly Wednesdays has brought painters, dancers, filmmakers, and a variety of other creators together, and tonight, the collaboration is taking place a day early on St. Claude. Artist Inc. is inviting Sue Strachan and A.J. Allegra to Café Istanbul in the Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Avenue) for “Literary Speaking” at 7pm. 

Today in New Orleans 5.8.13

Today, a free show from Dumpstaphunk, Much Ado About Nothing opens at NOMA’s Sculpture Garden, and more. On this day in 1541, Spanish explorer DeSoto discovered the Mississippi River. Now, more hump day happenings.

Catch the Wall

NOLA Project Brings Bounce to the Stage: Theatre Review

After two years' hard twerk, NOLA Project opened Catch the Wall to a packed auditorium at Dillard University Thursday night. 

Fringe Binge, Vol. 1

NoDef Reviews Plays Across the New Orleans Fringe Festival

With performers planting and ready to bloom in the Crescent City for the weekend, The New Orleans Fringe Festival arrived for its annual installment Wednesday night. NoDef's crack team of reviewers fanned out across the Marigny-Bywater and beyond to get the early skinny on what the alt-theatre extravaganza has to offer this year. From dance to puppetry to feral creatures to sex references that make people squirm, this year's installment seems poised to test the limits of one festival once again. Here's some reviews:

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde


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Michael Weber, B.A.


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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt

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