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State of Play: 9.18-9.24

Compiled by Michael Martin

After a slew of openings last week, the fall theatre season has attained cruising altitude. A new installation of 3x3 is added to the mix as is The Misanthrope at UNO. Plus, nine other productions are continuing their runs. Check out the full listings below.

State of Play: 9.10-9.16

Compiled by Michael Martin

Bam! Labor Day is over. The fall season approaches full force. Six new productions are opening this week. Plus, "Marie Antoinette" and "Be A New Orleanian" continue their popular runs.

Inside the Orpheum

NOLA Theater Gem Returns (Photos)

Photos by Jamey Shaw

New Orleans’ theatre district continues to grow. The Orpheum Theater is finally ready to reopen following a decade long hiatus. Today, the Theater opened their doors to the media to provide a sneak-peak of the completely restored Beaux Arts gem.

State of Play: 8.27-9.09

Compiled by Michael Martin

The fall theatre season is upon us. Early offerings are beginning this week with a Katrina retrospective, new work from Jim Fitzmorris, and the NOLA Project's "Marie Antoinette." On the North Shore, lesbians and hitches are in, and Mary Poppins is ready to take flight. Click on through for all of this week's offerings.

The Sunday Critic

Flowers in the Attic Reviewed

Do you know someone suffering an idée fixe? Someone staring, who returns obsessively, in a low drone of helpless servility, to a single topic, usually sexual in nature? If that someone was fixated on adolescent sibling incest, with hefty helpings of related fetishes – idealized dead fathers, libidinous unreliable mothers, children as pretty dolls, Biblical invocations of damnation, and of course sadomasochism – she or he could have written Flowers in the Attic.

State of Play: 8.21-8.26

The lull before the storm ahs begun. The theatre scene in NOLA is in the midst of a reprieve in advance of fall seasson. However, there are still some shows to see. The Cradle Will Rock, Flowers in the Attic, and What Difference Does It Make are continuing their sucessful runs.

State of Play: 8.13-8.19

Compiled by Michael Martin

NOLA theatre is almost as hot as the mercury this week. Four new productions are opening including the highly anticipated Flowers in the Attic. Holdovers usch as the much ballyhooed Book of Liz and The Cradle will Rock are continuing their runs. Click on through for full listings.

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 Benefits of a Civilian Theatre

Cripple Creek's AD Talks About Theory in Theatre

A theatre company, to maintain relevance in the mercurial landscape that is popular culture, must continually ask itself, “Whom do we serve?” I do suppose there are truly radical organizations who serve no one and create with reckless abandon, but in the very tenuous existence of an organization seeking support and security the target of its actions needs to be made clear again and again. Theatre’s scope of engagement narrows from internal and external forces. The world we live in always finds new distractions and enables those distractions to be gotten easily, cheaply, and immediately. From within, theatre artists struggle to access the limited funding and audience available for their trade, reminding themselves that the work done is valuable and worth compensation.

Incarnate Reviewed

By Michael Martin

Although I didn’t cover the Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s Incarnate before its brief run ended, I don’t want to let it pass without comment. This second collaboration between the festival and the performance art collective Compleat Stage was far and away the loveliest pastiche – whoever coined the phrase “devised theatre” should be weighted down with thesauri and tossed into a river – which I’ve seen in town. I hope it returns next season.

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