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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.


Painkiller

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.


Today in NOLA: 10.15.14


Culture vultures have plenty to do tonight. The NOLA Project’s Shiner is continuing a lauded run on St. Claude. Down the street, a comedy theatre is opening. Uptown, former Harvard University Creative Writing director Michael Blumenthal will read from his latest work at the Maple Street Book Shop, and the Republic will host a battle featuring the city’s best and brightest from both bounce and street. On this day in 1955, Fats Domino recorded three tracks at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio. Here's more to do today.


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.


Theatre Review: Broomstick


By Michael Martin

How do you make a hit? Give your audience something familiar, yes, but with enough of a spin to make them feel that leaving the house, finding a sitter and a place to park, is worth all the trouble. Two shows now running excel at crowd-pleasing craftsmanship.


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