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The Real Deal: Tennessee Williams’ ‘Camino Real’ at Marigny Opera House


Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with the Crescent City. Though the namesake festival dedicated to the sometime New Orleanian (who counted homes on Toulouse, Dumaine, and St. Peter streets) is many months away, a new production at the Marigny Opera House calls attention to one of his most underrated works. 

 


Southern Rep Offers Sweet Prices for 'Sweet Bird'


This Thursday (3.30), Southern Rep will open its doors for a sliding scale showing of their newest production, “Sweet Bird of Youth.” The Tennessee Williams story debuted at the playwright’s namesake festival last week, and is scheduled to run through April 16 at the Marquette Theatre. Thursday’s show is singular during the show’s run for it offers New Orleanians a chance to pay what they wish to take in a night of theatre. 


Ten Out of Ten-nessee

NoDef's Guide to The Tennessee Williams Festival



Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with New Orleans. So goes a bon mot Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” No offense to the rest of the country, but New Orleanians take great pride in being revered as decidedly not-Cleveland by the late playwright. This week, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns for its 31st annual celebration. The five-day fest kicks off this Wednesday, all culminating on Williams’s 106th birthday on Sunday (3.26). 


Writing As Performance

A Q&A with Tom Piazza



The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival starts this Wednesday night (3.30). On Thursday (3.31), the festival will roll out with a set of Master Classes, which feature prominent writers discussing different aspects of their craft. Celebrated New Orleans writer Tom Piazza will be hosting a class called “Improvising Order: Process and Freedom in Writing” at 1p.m. on Thursday at The Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal Street.)


The Sunday Critic

Passion Playacting at Kingdom of Earth



I’d like to pay the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company’s premiere, Kingdom of Earth, the compliment of extended consideration. Play and production both are unforgettable in odd and contradictory ways.


The Sunday Critic

If You Breathe, It Breaks
: The Glass Menagerie at ABCT



Gwendolyne Foxworth’s portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie alone makes the ABTC production worth your time…at least if you haven’t visited Tennessee Williams’ game-changing memory play for awhile, or ever. (Even then, I assume no plot summary is necessary. This is one of those perennials that every theater lover “knows” even if they don’t know it.)


Today in NOLA: 3.27.15


The weekend is here! Drive-By Truckers are headlining the music tonight at the BBQ fest for pediatric brain cancer, Hogs for the Cause. Mystery Burlesque is on at the AllWays Lounge. As for theater options, By Any Scenes Necessary: A Streetcar Named Desire will be acted out at Cafe Istabul as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival. On this day in 1934, Rev. Gerald Smith delivered a speech to Sulphur’s “Share Our Wealth” Club. Now more on Friday. 


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.


Southern Rep Plans Louisiana-Centered 2014-15 Season


Southern Rep continues to travel when it comes to venue, but the local theatre company's 2014-15 offerings indicate they still have a sense of home. All four of the productions next season are either written by Louisianans, or about Louisianans. 


Tennessee Williams 'A Battle of Angels' at Allways Lounge, Reviewed


from Odd Words' Mark Folse

While the smart set at the the Tennessee Williams Festival is settling into watch the third part of John Biguenet’s Katrina Trilogy, Mold in a small bar room/theater Off-Off-Royal Street Tennessee Williams’ first produced play–A Battle of Angels–is given a compelling production at the Allways Lounge Theater.


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