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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.

 

6x6

Southern Rep at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or www.midcitytheatre.com

The showcase of new short work – this month around the theme, “The Battle of New Orleans” – presents ALEX ATES, JEN DAVIS and KRIS LaMORTE directing JAKE BARTUSH, ROBERT FACIO, TARA GEHRKIN, PATRICK GENDUSA, MONICA HARRIS, BRITTNEY JAMES, BILL MADER, CHRIS MARROY and KYLE WOODS in new pieces by PAT BOURGEOIS, ERICA GOOSTREY, ROSS PETER NELSON, RUDY SAN MIGUEL, ANITA VATSHELL and PAUL WERNER. (Whew!) Wed Jan 14, 7:30pm; ONE SHOW ONLY.

 

Mamma Mia!*

Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger, 1111 Canal St

www.saengernola.com or 504-287-0351

The ABBA jukebox musical weaves its songs around a sunny story about a young bride-to-be in a Greek resort who secretly invites three of her mother’s ex-beaus to the wedding to determine which is her father. Tue-Thu and Sun 7:30, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm; January 13 – 18.

 

Gone with the Breaking Wind

Southern Rep at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or www.midcitytheatre.com

VARLA JEAN MERMAN embodies “the biggest Southern belle of them all” in this parody, also featuring the Golden Girls team: RICKY GRAHAM, BROOKLYN SHAFFER, SEAN PATTERSON, JEFFERSON TURNER, and BRIAN JOHNSON. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, through January 18.

 

The Devils You Know

Great Beast at the Old Marquer, 2400 St Claude

greatbeasttheater@yahoo.com or 504-298-8676

Great Beast Theater, last seen with Subtle Whoring, returns with the premiere of MASON JOINER’s black comedy about men behaving badly. Featuring Joiner, JUSTIN BUPP, MATTHEW MARTINEZ, and ALEX WALLACE; directed by MICHAEL MARTIN. Mon-Tue 8pm, Jan 19 & 20.

 

dreadful dwarfs delicious day*

1315 Touro St

NARI TOMASSETTI’s new movement piece – an absurdist adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale, with the Seven Dwarfs representing the Seven Deadly Sins – features VICTORIA BAKER, LUKE BRECHTELSBAUER, GLENNA BRODERICK, OWEN EVER, FRENCHIE, NICOLE GRUTER,  MAY HELMS, SCOTT HERON, REESE JOHANSON, and MISS MICHAEL. Music by MATT BELL and his orchestra. Thu-Sun 8pm, January 15 – 25.

 

Real|Unreal*

South of Uqbar at Playhouse Nola, 3214 Burgundy

south.of.uqbar@gmail.com

The newly formed company debuts four short works by three local playwrights – BRIAN SANDS’ MORE, BREANNA BRITZ’s Sketched and DJ Roomba and Songbird Siri Ride the Waves of Chance, and founder ROSS PETER NELSON’s In the End – featuring  Britz, KATE KUEN, RANDY MAGIORE, JARRED MARLATT, MICHAEL MARTIN, JESSIE STRAUSS, NICK THOMPSON and ANDREW VAUGHT. Thu-Sun 7:30, January 22 -25; ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

 

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea*

Café Istanbul, 2372 St Claude

www.drowninginblue.com or 504.329.5483

JAMIE NEUMANN and JOSHUA MARK SIENKIEWICZ star in John Patrick Shanley’s two-hander, about a chance meeting between New Yorkers who walk the line between eccentric and troubled. PETER JENSEN directs. Wed-Sat 7pm, January 14 – 30.

 

Jesus Christ Superstar*

Le Petit, 616 St Peter St

lepetittheatre.com or 504-522-2081

Rice & Webber’s landmark rock opera about the final days of Christ is directed by AUGUSTIN CARRERO and stars NICK SHACKELFORD, ADAIR WATKINS and ELYSE McDANIEL, with JOEL DERBY, LOGAN FAUST, JOSEPH FURNARI, CAVAN HALLMAN, CHRISHIRA PERRIER, SEAN RICHMOND. Thu-Sat 7:30, plus Wed Jan 21 7:30 and Sun Jan 25 3pm; January 16 – 30.

 

The Night Market

St Roch Firehouse, 1421 St Roch

CASE MILLER conceives and directs, and RATTY SCURVICS scores, a performance installation “set somewhere underground in the near future.” The cast includes ANAIS ADAIR, RENEE ANDERSON, M. CHANDELIER, ALIX CHAPMAN, JAMES GOEDERT, ZIBBY JAHNS, ELYSE MANNING, and ANNA YOUNG. Fri-Sun 8pm, through January 31.

 

The Will Rogers Follies*

Rivertown Theaters, 325 Minor St, Kenner

rivertowntheaters.com or 504-461-9475

Comden & Green’s Pulitzer-winning musical bio of the cowboy humorist stars MARK FOUCHI in the title role, with MICAH DESONIER, WAYNE GONSOULIN, DAVID HOOVER, MICHELLE MACICEK, and STOCKER FONTELIEU as the voice of Florenz Ziegfeld. KELLY FOUCHI directs. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, plus Thu Jan 29 8pm; January 16 – 31.

 

The Irish Curse*

Cutting Edge Center, 767 Robert Blvd, Slidell

cuttingedgetheater.com or 985-649-3727

MARTIN CASELLA’s comedy about a support group for Irishmen with small endowments. Mature themes. BECKY DAIGREPONT directs SHANE AUTHEMENT, TONY BROWN, ALLEN BRYANT, RYAN DICK, and BRENT TRAHAN. Fri-Sat 8pm; January 16 – 31.

 

Your Lithopedion*

Lux et Umbra at the Old Marquer, 2400 St Claude

www.oldmarquer.com or 504-298-8676

The rechristened Shadowbox launches the first season of its new home company with the premiere of this leave-the-kids-at-home dark comedy by JUSTIN MAXWELL (writer of last year’s hit An Outopia for Pigeons) concerning a serial killer who destroys his marriage when, in attempting to reform, he founds Serial Killers Anonymous. BONNIE GABEL directs GLENN AUCOIN and REBECCA HOLLINGSWORTH as the demented lovebirds. Thu-Sun 8pm, January 15 – February 1; no show Jan 31.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream*

Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr, Slidell

slidelllittletheatre.org or 985-641-0324

Prankish fairies have their way with mismatched young lovers in Shakespeare’s enchanted forest. JULIE GENERES directs CHRISTIAN CORE, ERIC GENERES, JOHN HASTINGS, ROBERT JAHNCKE, HANNAH KING, ASHLEY KRIEGER, GARY MENDOZA, and JESSICA STUBBS. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; January 16 – February 1.

 

MONTANA: The Shakespearean Scarface*

NonProphet Theater Co at the Marigny, 1030 Marigny St

nonprophetshows@yahoo.com or brownpapertickets.com

This full-run revival of the Fringe Fest hit is writer/director ROBERT ALAN MITCHELL’s versified adaptation of Brian De Palma’s epic 1983 crime drama, a classic thanks to Al Pacino’s epic scenery chewing. It features SAM MOREL in the title role, with LENA AUGUST, ANDREW GUDE, SHAWN GWIN, HILARY NEFF PORTER, MATTHEW RIGDON, EARL SCIONEAUX Jr, and VIVIANE WOLFE. Fri-Sat 7pm & 9pm, Sun 5pm; January 16 – February 1.

 

Ain’t Got No Home*

JPAS at Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave, Westwego

www.jpas.org or 504-885-2000

BUTCH CAIRE’s jukebox musical sequel to the hit Blueberry Hill stars himself, TROI BECHET, ADELLA GAUTIER, DONALD LEWIS Jr, APRIL LOUISE and ALLEE PECK, all singing classic R&B in the Blueberry Hill Bar & Grill two months after Hurricane Katrina. Fri-Sat 7:30, Sun 3pm, January 16 – February 1; then at Christ Episcopal School Theatre in Covington, same schedule Feb 6-8.

 

Camille*

The NOLA Project at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse

www.nolaproject.com

Charles Ludlam’s comedy classic, a cross-dressing update of the Dumas melodrama about a Parisian courtesan torn between two lovers and stricken with tuberculosis to boot, unites A.J. ALLEGRA (in the title role), KEITH CLAVERIE, KYLE DAIGREPONT, SAM DUDLEY, RICKY GRAHAM, JASON KIRKPATRICK, SEAN PATTERSON, ERIN SHAW, MICHAEL SULLIVAN and KRISTIN WITTERSCHEIN under the direction of JEFFERY T. ROBERSON. Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, January 29 – March 1; plus Wed Feb 25, with no shows Feb 5, Feb 12-15, Feb 19.

[New shows marked with an asterisk. Otherwise listed in order of closing. Press releases to cloveproductions@gmail.com.]




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