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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.

Today in NOLA: 5.15.15

In Mid City, the Bayou Boogaloo is ready to go. For the fested-out, there are lots of other events. Rap, theatre, burlesque, and a classic 80’s arena show are all kicking off this evening. On this day in 1915, Huey Long passed the Bar and became a “full-fledged lawyer.” Now, more to do tonight. 

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.

State of Play: 5.06-5.11

Compiled by Michael Martin

Jazz Fest is over. A crop of new productions are taking the stage this week. Plus, there's much more to come throughout May and into June. Theatre's last big push until fall is gearing up right now.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 4.22– 4.29

Compiled by Michael Martin

With the onset of Jazz Fest, the spring theatre season has slowed down a bit. Yet, there are still performances to be had. At the universities, tis' the time for student projects. A master puppeteer is in town and Tennessee Williams is still on the docket at Anthony Bean. Click through for full listings.

Southern Rep's Sausage Party

BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project

I did not set out to opening night to write a review of BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project at Southern Rep. I took no notes during the performance or when I got home last night, and thoughtlessly left my program on my seat in my hurry to get to the bathroom after the show. I went to the show out of a certain pride of ownership, having submitted and had accepted into their online collection an old Wet Bank Guide piece on the project’s theme of How New Orleans Music Saved My Life.

State of Play: Theatre Listings 4.16– 4.20

Compiled by Michael Martin

The spring season is winding down, but there still is plenty to see. Tennessee Williams continues to enjoy a local resurgence. Southern Rep is rolling out their much hyped multi-disciplinary Boudin project. For full listings of theatre in teh area, click on through.

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