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Lesson Found: Generation INK's Strays Reviewed



Kate Bailey’s well-crafted new barroom drama, Strays, is a tricky piece of business, both for its actors and its audience. To describe it reductively, let’s call it The Big Chill meets Betrayal for the millennial generation. A tight group of college friends, united especially by the mysterious death of Victor, one of their own, reveal what happened to fray their ideals and the bonds that held them together in scenes that unfold in reverse chronological order. The work begins on a night when only two of the gang show up at their hang-out bar for the annual drinkathon in Victor’s honor and ends, four scenes later and four years earlier, on the night of his death.


Today in NOLA: 6.05.15


Whether you’re uptown or downtown there is a lot of funk tonight. In the Quarter, there is theatre and down by the river, Jaws is showing. Trumpet Black will also receive one final sendoff. On this day in 1953, Louis Armstrong started working on the film The Glen Miller Story. Now, more Friday happenings.


State of Play: Theatre Listings 6.03-6.09


Compiled by Michael Martin

Three major dramas open this week, including two area premieres and one world premiere. Plus, a couple hits continue their run. So, as the weather heats up, enjoy the cool inside of a theatre. Click through for full listings.


The Cradle Will Rock

Part II: The Show Must Go On



In 1937, the Great Depression raged and unions began to rise. Amdist an atmosphere of anxiety and unrest, The Cradle Will Rock was rehearsed. Part I of this series expains that background. In this installment, we pick up after the Memorial Day Massacre.

When a telegram from Washington came on June 11, the company assumed their fears had come true. Bureaucrats ordered that the show - and all other openings for Federal Theatre Project performances - be postponed until the new fiscal year. The WPA hired guards to lock the doors of the Maxine Elliott Theatre on 39th street. Costume, props, and Orson Welles’ scenery were also guarded. Cradle’s opening had been set for June 16, and the company was livid.


Cripple Creek Talks About Playing With Others


Performance Positing by Francesca McKenzie of Cripple Creek

For the last several months, the Cripple Creek Theatre Company (CCTC) has run columns in NoDef as part of the Civilian Theatre Project, an effort to take our dramatic efforts far beyond the fourth wall and into the community. However, the concept of collaboration extends into our work beyond a few articles. In this piece, I want to take the time to discuss how theatre can be much more than the action on the stage. CCTC tries to achieve this effect on an internal scale as well as through joint efforts with likeminded entities.


State of Play: Theatre Listings 5.26-6.02


Compiled by Michael Martin

Tourist season may be tapering off, but theatre season is stil on full blast. Arlen, Darlin'Creep Cuts, and Rent are all opening. Verbatim Verbotem is returning and Sondheim's Merrily, We Roll Along is, well, rolling along. Click on through for a full rundown of this week's offerings.


The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: She Was Born



Last year a friend brought to my attention a quotation from the famed producer, playwright, and critic Robert Brustein that is much less sunny than he thought it to be. "The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent." I take Mr Brustein to mean that theatre has no higher goal than to make it possible for genius to operate, fully and freely, whatever it takes.


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.


The Sunday Critic

Theatre Review: Antigone



With just two productions in as many months, New Noise co-artistic director Joanna Russo has leapt to the top of the list of directors I admire. Following the perfectly executed Never Swim Alone for Elm Theatre with this all-female staging of Antigone for Lux et Umbra, Russo demonstrates thrilling mastery of the theatrical approach I least favor: director-centric, all light & movement & sound. If I want spectacle I go to the movies. On stage, especially in a storefront theater, I’m usually looking first for rich language delivered by exciting actors.


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.


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