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A Look at Southern Rep’s Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)



One of the most fascinating aspects of Southern Rep’s newest production is how director Valerie Curtis-Newton and her cast express the intertextuality of the text with expert ease. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), the 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist work by Suzan-Lori Parks, offers intercultural exchanges between Greek epics, Civil War spirituals, blues guitar songs, and modern day slang. What might be played as disjointed in less capable hands, Southern Rep Theatre synthesizes into a powerful examination of where our country comes from and where we are now. 


Today in NOLA 4.16.17


This Sunday, four Easter parades are rolling through the Quarter. After you're finished with your festive dress, swing by Castillo Blanco's costume purge. Southern Rep's final staging of their production of "Sweet Bird of Youth" will occur this afternoon. Don your post-apocalyptic finery for "Mad Max: Fury Road," or check out the New Movement's comedy showcase. Today, April 16, is the date New Orleans was officially founded in 1718. Now, more to do a few hundred years later.


Look Homeward, Angels

Southern Rep Announces New Theatre



After a few years in diaspora, Southern Rep will once again have a home. On Thursday (2.19), the local theatre company along with Rose Community Development Corporation and Alembic Community Development announced that the vacant St. Rose de Lima Church (2545 Bayou Road) in Mid-City will renovated into a performing arts center for Southern Rep.


State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.19-5.25


Compiled by Michael Martin

This week, theatre lovers have a dozen plays to choose between. Robin Hood and Antigone continue their much ballyhooed runs. Plus, two major musicals join the fray as the spring weather warms into summer. Click on through for all the details below.


State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.14-5.18


Compiled by Michael Martin

This week, Skin Horse is staging a one woman play and Lux et Umbra is staging a production of Antigone with many women. The much ballyhooed BOUDIN is wrapping up a run at Ashé and the NOLA Project's Robin Hood is lifting off outside at NOMA. Click on through for all the shows to see.


Southern Rep's Sausage Party

BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project



I did not set out to opening night to write a review of BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project at Southern Rep. I took no notes during the performance or when I got home last night, and thoughtlessly left my program on my seat in my hurry to get to the bathroom after the show. I went to the show out of a certain pride of ownership, having submitted and had accepted into their online collection an old Wet Bank Guide piece on the project’s theme of How New Orleans Music Saved My Life.


Southern Rep Releases 2015-2016 Schedule


Southern Rep still does not have a permanent home, but the local theatre company is rolling out lots of work. The group just announced their 2015-2016 schedule. Plays will tackle art versus reality, a Shreveport murder, masculinity framed by football, and a Tennessee Williams classic.


The Garden of Good Not Evil

Southern Rep’s Suddenly Last Summer



The fascinating aspect of Southern Rep’s Suddenly Last Summer is how much director Aimee Hayes and her expert cast have warmed up one of Tennessee Williams’ most luridly Gothic melodramas. Unlike their superb staging of A Streetcar Named Desire a few seasons ago (I missed the recent Night of the Iguana), which was thoroughly traditional in its interpretation of every element (excepting Stanley Kowalski), Last Summer is a genuine and generally successful, rethinking of one of Williams' good but not great works. The tone is closer to The Glass Menagerie than to, say, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.


State of Play: 1.12-2.02


Compiled by Michael Martin

Boom! Ten new shows open the weekend of the 16th, as everybody squeezes in a run before Mardi Gras takes over. Defying the Carnival calendar, NOLA Project opens its big spring comedy at the end of January and runs it into March, skipping only the big parade weekend.


State of Play: 1.01-1.12


Compiled by Michael Martin

The holiday break slowed down theatre a bit, but with 2015 dawning, the footlights are getting fired up again. Southern Rep and the Old Marquer (formerly The Shadowbox) are rolling out a pair of premiers. New installations of Verbatim Verboten and Debauchery are also on the docket. Details follow.


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