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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.


The Sunday Critic

FEEEELings: Once More With Dr Horrible Reviewed



Nothing is more pleasing to review than a show that changes my mind. So far my response to on-script ‘concert readings’ of pop-culture material, whether parodied or presented straight, has been a big ole “meh.” Along comes Four Sweater Vests with a double bill of material borrowed from adored television & film writer/producer Joss Whedon – most of the award-winning web series Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, followed by an abridged version of his famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling” – to make an irresistible argument that, for some tribute shows, concert readings are not just adequate but preferred. Full production of either of these charmers would only invite unpleasant comparisons to the big-budget originals and, given the lessened rehearsal commitment, the format allows high-octane talent to say yes.


State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.29-8.12


Compiled by Michael Martin

These are unusually lively dog days for the New Orleans theatre scene. A much-missed venue reopens under new management, an equally missed company returns with one of its biggest productions to date, two ambitious new companies make their debuts…and it isn’t even Labor Day yet.


Teatro Sin Fronteras

Jose Torres-Tama's Latest Project



The first time I went to Teatro Sin Fronteras (“Theater Without Borders), was the production's inaugural event. The scene reminded me of my native Miami, being surrounded by Hispanics, who weaved in and out of Spanish and English seamlessly, with different artistic forms being executed. The performance was in a small space and was very intimate. It was a beautiful experience, and I haven’t missed one since. 


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