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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.


Shows opening are marked with asterisks. Otherwise listed in order of closing:



The Marigny Theatre, 1030 Marigny St

504-758-5590 or

Lyle Kessler’s intense drama is presented by Jonathan Mares Productions and directed by FREDERICK MEAD. Chicago mobster manipulates two desperate orphans to escape his kidnapping by the volatile older brother. Starring SILAS COOPER, MARTIN BRADFORD, and newcomer DAVID WILLIAMS. Thu-Sat 8p.m., through Nov 8.


I Hope Someday I Get to Meet You, Nancy Dreaux

Tulane Theatre & Dance, 7019 Zimple St

504-865-5106 or

SARA VALENTINE directs an original radio play celebrating teen detective novels. River Heights’ favorite girl sleuth investigates, accompanied by live music and SFX. Thu-Sat 8p.m., Sat-Sun 2p.m.; through Nov 9.


Waiting Around

JPAS at Christ Episcopal, 80 Christwood Blvd, Covington

504-885-2000 or

RICKY GRAHAM & HARRY MAYRONNE’s hit musical comedy about the service industry is revived by JPAS and Music Makers LLC. Director AMANDA ZIRKENBACH welcomes back original cast member CHRIS WECKLEIN, now joining DARCY MALONE, BOB EDES Jr, and ALLEE PECK. Fr-Sat 7:30, Sun 3p.m.; through Nov 9.



Southern Rep at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or

The regulars of PAT BOURGEOIS’s live monthly soap opera – ROBIN BAUDIER, KYLE DAIGREPONT, MATTHEW MICKAL, JESSICA PODEWELL, JOE T. SEIBERT and MANDY ZIRKENBACH – are joined by special guests KERRY CAHILL as Taffeta and NICK SLIE as Gatsby. Wed November 12, 7:30p.m.; ONE SHOW ONLY.


The World Goes ‘Round*

Loyola Dept of Theatre Arts, Marquette Theatre, 6363 St Charles

504-865-2835 or

PATRICK GENDUSA directs a revue, The Songs of Kander & Ebb. Thu-Sat 7:30p.m., Sun 2p.m.; November 7–15.


The Rocky Horror Show

The Allways Lounge, 2240 St Claude

504-266-2748 or

AllWays Lounge majordomo DENNIS MONN returns with a retro, “downtown’ take on the cult musical, in this “no wigs” staging of the tale of Dr Frank N Furter and his monster Rocky. Featuring ALEX ALEXIS, RENEE ANDERSON, NEON BURGUNDY, THUGSY DaCLOWN, OWEN EVER, LESTER DESASTER, GOGO McGREGOR, RATTY SCURVICS, LYDIA STEIN, MAC TAYLOR, Monn himself, and a slew of one-night guest stars. Sat midnight, Mon 8p.m.; through Nov 15.


The Lion and the Jewel*
Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd


Dillard launches its season with RAY VRAZEL’s production of Wole Soyinka’s musical fable about the clash between tradition and modernization. Fri-Sat 8p.m., Sun 3p.m.; November 7–16.


The Haunting of Hill House*

Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd, Covington 

985-893-1671 or

The stage adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s haunted house classic, directed by MELANIE HAYNO. Fri-Sat 8p.m., Sun 2p.m.; November 7–16.


The Phantom of the Opera*

The Saenger, 1111 Canal St

504-287-0351 or

A new production, by Cameron Mackintosh, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical melodrama. Young opera singer Christine is torn between a debonair suitor and a ghastly genius. Tue-Thu 7:30, Fri 8p.m., Sat 2p.m. and 8pm, Sun 2p.m. and 7:30p.m.; November 7–16.


Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back*

Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or

The Royal Players of Alderaan – RICH ARNOLD, ASHLEYROSE BAILEY, TRINA BECK, TRACEY COLLINS, KYLE DAIGREPONT, RICHARD HUTTON, MATTHEW MICKAL, JOE SEIBERT, MATT STANDLEY and AMANDA ZIRKENBACH – welcome KIRK GAGNON (as Luke, Wednesday only), HOPE LEIGH, and MICHAEL P SULLIVAN to the staged reading of Ian Doescher’s adaptation of Episode 5, the essential sequel to July’s hit Verily, A New Hope. Costumes recommended. Mon-Wed 7:30p.m., November 17-19; THREE SHOWS ONLY.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee*

Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or

NOCCA’S musical theatre students mount the Tony-winning musical. Thu-Sat 7:30p.m.; November 6–21.


One Man, Two Guvnors*

Rivertown Theaters, 325 Minor St, Kenner

504-461-9475 or

RICKY GRAHAM directs ERIN CESSNA, KYLE DAIGREPONT, LOGAN FAUST, LARA GRICE, PJ McKINNIE, CHRIS MARROY, MATT REED, GARY RUCKER, SHELLEY RUCKER, MICHAEL SULLIVAN and JIM WRIGHT in Richard Bean’s farce adaptation of Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters. Fri-Sat 8p.m., Sun 2p.m., plus Thu Nov 20 8p.m.; November 7–22.


I’d Rather Be Rich

Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton

504-862-7529 or

World premiere comedy by award-winning playwright Fred Roberts, about the romantic intrigues of friends maneuvering to strike it rich. Starring DWIGHT E CLAY, LEAH ROUEGÉ and TJ TOUPS; with KELISHIA KING, SQUEAK LINDSEY, JONATHAN PATTERSON and DARRELL TOBIAS. ANTHONY BEAN directs; DANE RHODES and VIC WOODWARD design. Fri-Sat 8p.m., Sun 3p.m.; through Nov 23.


Peter and the Starcatcher*

Le Petit Theatre, 616 St Peter

504-522-2081 or

Director BEAU BRATCHER, choreographer HEIDI MALNAR, and musical director TAMMY MANSFIELD lead a cast of twelve through a romping reimagining of the story of Peter Pan. Thu-Sat 7:30p.m. [plus Wed Nov 12 industry night], Sun 3p.m. [no matinee Nov 9]; November 7–23.


Boesman and Lena*

American Theatre Project at Ashé Center

504-459-9445 or

Director ED BISHOP present Athol Fugard’s apartheid-era drama about two South African scavengers eking out a living as they walk from farm to farm. Starring KIRK BUSH and INDIA KING, with RICK JAY. Thu-Sat 8p.m., Sun 3p.m.; November 13–23. [No show Nov 15, extra matinee Nov 19.]



NIMS Theatre at UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Dr

504-280-7469 or

Visiting artist JIM WINTERS directs an immersive play-within-a-play interpretation of the greatest tragedy of all. Thu-Sat 7:30p.m.; Sun the 23rd at 2:30; November 13–23.


Clybourne Park*

30 by Ninety at Mandeville Community Center, 3090 East Causeway Approach, Mandeville


The new North Shore theatre launches with Bruce Norris’ award-winning spin on the Lorraine Hansberry classic, A Raisin in the Sun. ADOLFO RODRIGUEZ directs. Fri-Sat 7:30p.m., Sat-Sun 2p.m.; November 14–23. [Pay-what-you-can preview Nov 13, no show Nov 16.]


The Mysterious Wisterias

Stage Door Canteen at the WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St

504-528-1943 or

The indefatigable RICKY GRAHAM leads a cast of eight through a musical murder mystery set on a 1940’s plantation. Fri-Sat 8p.m., Sun 1p.m.; through Nov 23.


Enter Your Sleep*

Elm Theatre at the Fortress of Lushington, 2215 Burgundy

504-218-0055 or

BECCA CHAPMAN and MATT STANDLEY star in the world premiere of Christina Quintana’s dreamscape drama, directed by JOSEPH FURNARI. Thu-Sat 8p.m. [Fringe weekend 7p.m.]; November 13–29.



The Ether Dome, 3625 St Claude

Goat in the Road’s CHRIS KAMINSTEIN writes and directs ‘An Original Play about the History of Anesthesiology’, featuring ensemble members LESLIE BOLES, TODD d’AMOUR, SHANNON FLAHERTY, IAN HOCH, DYLAN HUNTER and FRANCESCA MacKENZIE. Produced in association with the Cachet Art and Culture Program and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Thu-Sat 8p.m., Sun 7p.m. [Nov 20-22 9p.m.]; November 7 – December  6 [no shows Nov 23, 27, 30].


A Charlie Brown Christmas*
Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St, Lockport

The Halifax Theatre Company presents the area premiere of the stage version of Mendevez and Mendelson’s beloved TV cartoon classic, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. With TRAVIS RESOR, SARA JANE GOODRUM, and DRU DeLANEY COLLINS. Fri-Sat 7:30p.m., Sun 2:30p.m.; November 7 – December 7.


[Your compiler makes no promises to be comprehensive, either of shows or within shows. Still, he’s trying, so press releases to]

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