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Rocking the Cradle: Cripple Creek Announces Free Shows & Initiative


Cripple Creek Theatre Company just announced their 2015 season. For the next eight months, the organization will be looking to the the left with a community engagement and performance series, The Civilian Theatre Project. The Civilian Theatre Project. Cripple Creek will be putting their money where their mouths are; the series will all be free.


Theatre Review: Montana: The Shakespearean Scarface, Drowning in Blue


After a long stretch of consolidation and contraction, our theatre scene began showing badly needed growth near the end of 2014. New voices and fresh approaches. One of the most popular: Shakespearean stage adaptations of mass culture properties, like Star Wars and The Big Lebowski. These pre-sold parodies, the storefront theatre equivalent of Hollywood sequelitis – “You loved the film, remember? Come enjoy it again in iambic pentameter!” – use Bardian tropes in much the same way that drag and musicalization have been used for years. They attempt to claim as one’s own some chunk of shared nostalgia, albeit ‘straighter’ and, frankly, more lazily. It’s less work to rewrite dialogue into da-DUM da-DUM rhythm, replacing the ‘yous’ with ‘thous’, than it is to cross-dress the cast or compose songs.


Shadow of Life in a Box

Your Lithopedion Ushers In New Era at Old Marquer



Your Lithopedion, a new play by locally-based playwright Justin Maxwell, opened Thursday (1.15) night at the recently renamed Old Marquer Theatre (formerly the Shadowbox). The production was the work of the venue’s new, in-house company Lux et Umbra and featured the direction of company member Bonnie Gabel.


State of Play: 1.12-2.02


Compiled by Michael Martin

Boom! Ten new shows open the weekend of the 16th, as everybody squeezes in a run before Mardi Gras takes over. Defying the Carnival calendar, NOLA Project opens its big spring comedy at the end of January and runs it into March, skipping only the big parade weekend.


State of Play: 1.01-1.12


Compiled by Michael Martin

The holiday break slowed down theatre a bit, but with 2015 dawning, the footlights are getting fired up again. Southern Rep and the Old Marquer (formerly The Shadowbox) are rolling out a pair of premiers. New installations of Verbatim Verboten and Debauchery are also on the docket. Details follow.


Shadowbox Lore Fare


Richard Mayer is no stranger to Shakespeare. So, it’s no wonder that the local actor and theatre owner is musing, “What’s in a name?” This weekend, Mayer announced that he will be changing the name of his venue, The Shadowbox, to Old Marquer (2400 St. Claude Avenue).


Ode to Joy

A Look at the Joy Theater Three Years After Reopening



Three Decembers ago, the Joy Theater reopened its doors post Katrina and became a pioneer in the revitalization of Canal Street’s theatre district. A little over three months ago, Winter Circle Productions helped keep the renewed spirit alive through their contemporary art series This Is NOLA. The event showcased the storied space’s past and provided a glimpse into the Joy Theater's vibrant future.


Today in NOLA: 12.14.14


The Saints play on Monday night this week which leaves lots of time for WhoDats to engage in less frustrating endeavors. Richard Ford will be reading and Baby will be dancing. Fleur de Tease will be doing a different kind of dirty dancing and Messiah will provide some more family oriented holiday fare. On this day in 1814, the British advance on New Orleans began with the Battle of Lake Borgne. Now, more to do this Saturday. 


Fringe Fest to Evolve into faux/real

New Three Week Celebration Will Spotlight Performing Arts, Food, Drink, and Literature



Today, New Orleans Fringe announced that in 2015, the popular New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival will evolve into faux/real [a chain of events]. The new event will be a celebration of performing arts, food & drink, and literature in New Orleans staged over three weeks in November. NOLA Defender will produce faux/real with NoDef publisher B.E. Mintz serving as Executive Producer. New Orleans Fringe will provide support to transition and launch the new effort.


Fringe Finale

Reviews: My Horse's Name is Loneliness, Roller Rink Temptations



The plus of having your planned slate of Fringe Fest shows fall apart is that you start just wandering around to whatever’s still available and sounds interesting. That’s when synchronistic patterns emerge. Two of the four shows I saw Saturday night – My Horse’s Name is Loneliness, Aztec Economy’s sequel to its Fringe hit, My Aim is True, and newbie troupe Beaubourg’s production of Catherine Weingarten’s A Roller Rink Temptation – both seem to me to be modern, niche variations of the old-school gay sensibility’s main contribution to culture: Camp.


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