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Tips to Act On at Fringe Fest

Today, the annual Fringe Festival begins. Theatre lovers can choose between over 80 shows in dozens of venues. Genres ranging from hard drama to interpretive dance are represented. However, amidst an event that prides itself on sensory overload, it can be easy to get lost. To ease the process, NoDef offers a few quick tips for drama debutantes and veterans alike.

Extra Credit

Theatre Reviews: The Lion and the Jewel, 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

I hate to think what the New Orleans theatre scene would look like without its student shows. Yes, you have to make allowances for talent that’s still maturing, also squint at twenty-somethings playing characters twice or more their age, but there’s an adventurousness in the university theatre departments – in presenting new material, and works that are commercially unviable, particularly from other cultures – that we’d be much the poorer without. Serious theatergoers have to add the halls of edication to their itineraries.

Family Fringe Lineup Released

The New Orleans Fringe Fest is known for their edgy fair. Nudity and bodily fluids have appeared in more than one production. However, the annual theatre festival is the epitome of a community event, and the fare is not limited to adult content. Today, the festival unveiled the 2014 lineup for Family Fringe.


Goat in the Road's Numb Opens

Friday night saw the opening of Goat in the Road Production’s (GRP) long-awaited Numb, an original, theatrical exploration of the history of anaesthesiology. The piece is a collaboration of the artistic minds of GRP, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and the Cachet Arts and Culture Program.  The production takes place at the aptly-named Ether Dome along St. Claude Ave.

State of Play 11.07-11.18

Compiled by Michael Martin

This week's listings offers the last update before the performance explosion that is Fringe Fest, November 19-23.However, several productions are still running, and even more are firing up early to hit their pace when the festival begins. SoLa is also seeing an early start to the holiday season with a couple classics.

Parental Concerns

Theatre Review: Orphans

Damned if I know whether Frederick Mead is a genius or the luckiest director in town. 

I winced when casting was announced for Jonathan Mares’ production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans. The oft-produced, award-winning drama (three showy roles, simple unit set) is about grown orphan brothers, practically feral: the older Treat (Martin Bradford), a violent control freak who makes their lousy living as a petty thief; the younger Phillip (David Williams), submissive and so childlike as to seem mentally challenged.

State of Play 10.28-11.03

As Fringe Fest and Halloween approach, theatre in NOLA is in the midst of small lull. However, the week does bring a remount of a Jim Fitzmorris classic and radio play about Nancy Dreaux. Plus, derivative fare like Rocky Horror, Trek a Go-Go, and a Living Dead musical continue their runs.

Thrill Me Chill Me Fulfill Me

Theatre Review: The Rocky Horror Show at the AllWays Lounge

The highest compliment New Yorker theatre critic John Lahr ever delivers from his arsenal of accolades is to proclaim that a performer or a production “corrupts us with pleasure.” For 90% of its running time, the AllWays Lounge revival of The Rocky Horror Show had me weaker with ecstasy than anything since the opening scenes of Tulane Summer Lyric’s A Chorus Line

State of Play: NOLA Theatre 10.21.29-10.28

In the lull before Halloween and Fringe Fest, three shows open this week, one for one night only. As we get closer to Fright Night, the offerings become a bit spookier. There are hauntings in store, as well as zombies on stage. For the Halloween classicists, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is continuing a run.

State of Play: NOLA Theatre 10.13-10.21

Compiled by Micahel Martin

It's a song and dance week in theatre. Five new shows open this week, four of them are musicals. The innovative Broomstick continues its run and the NOLA Project's grunge inspired Shiner continues to draw crowds. For somehting, a little lighter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is at AllWays Lounge. Full listings follow.

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