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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.

 

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Southern Rep at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

midcitytheatre.com or 504-488-1460 

Southern Rep’s showcase of short work, this month around the theme of “Family Tree,” features new pieces by PAT BOURGEOIS, STEPHANIE GARRRISON, JOANTHAN GREENE, FREDERICK MEAD, ROSS PETER NELSON, and ANITA VATSHELL. Directors CHRISTOPHER BENTIVENGA, REBECCA FRANK, and FRED NUCCIO guide actors DESIREE BACALA, ARIADNE BLAYDE, MARK BURTON, SHELLY BUTERA, TRACEY COLLINS, KYLE DAIGREPONT, MARIE LOVEJOY, ALLEE PECK, CAMMIE WEST, DOUG WILCOX, and KYLE WOODS in various combinations. Wed 7:30; May 20. ONE SHOW ONLY.

 

Say My Name, Say My Name*

Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne St

youthbreakout.org or 504-252-9025

Subtitled “Stories of LGBTQ Youth from New Orleans,” this Ping Chong & Company touring production is based on true stories of young black transgender women growing up here, the incarceration capital of the world. The storytelling social theatre was developed in collaboration with BreakOUT!, which co-produces its local premiere. Written and directed by SARA ZATZ and MIEKE D. Fri May 22 6pm, Sat May 23 7pm. TWO SHOWS ONLY.

 

Antigone

Lux et Umbra at the Old Marquer, 2400 St Claude

oldmarquer.com or 504-298-8676

The Old Marquer’s home company closes its debut season with the Paul Woodruff translation of the popular Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The daughter of Oedipus and his mother Jocasta faces a dire conflict between her personal morality and the law of the land. One of our masters of movement-based theatre, JOANNA RUSSO (recently of Elm’s Never Swim Alone), directs an all-female cast: ERIN CESSNA, JULIA DeLOIS, LAUREN ELIZABETH ERWIN, ABIGAIL FIENBERG, SHANNON FLAHERTY, REBECCA ELIZABETH HOLLINGSWORTH, JESSICA LOZANO, and ANDREA WATSON. Designed by PHIL CRAMER and BEAR HEBERT, with an original score by DYLAN HUNTER and NED MOORE. Thu-Sat 8pm, through May 23.

 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St, Kenner

rivertowntheaters.com or 504-461-9475

Artistic director GARY RUCKER helms and co-stars in the area premiere of the Tony-winning musical adaptation of the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy. Rival con men on the French Riviera duel for the fortune, and the affection, of a young heiress. Co-starring BOB PAVLOVICH and KAYLA HERRINGTON, with LOUISE DUDOUSSAT, KELLY FOUCHI, and ELISE HARVEY SPURLOCK. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, plus Thu 21 May 8pm; through May 23. 

 

Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand

NOLA Project at NOMA, Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, 1 Collins Diboll Circle

nolaproject.com or 504-302-9117
The NOLA Project, in a co-production with the New Orleans Museum of Art, closes its 2014-15 season with one of its new-tradition sculpture garden extravaganzas. BEAU BRATCHER directs a world premiere adaptation, by Cripple Creek’s ANDREW VAUGHT, of the classic adventure of witty class warfare. Robin Hood and his Merry Men intercept a chest of gold coins they believe to be bounty stolen from the wealthy – and ready to be redistributed to the poor – but which turns out to be ransom for the imprisoned King Richard. Richard’s brother, the tyrannical King John, is not amused by the surging new middle class. Featuring JAMES BARTELLE as Robin Hood and ALEX MARTINEZ WALLACE as John, with ALEC BARNES, JAKE BARTUSH, TRINA BECK, NATALIE BOYD, BECCA CHAPMAN, KEITH CLAVERIE, JOEL DERBY, JARED GORE, CAVAN HALLMAN, LEVI HOOD, KAITLYN McQUIN, PRICE PROVENZANO, NICK STEPHENS and MICHAEL P. SULLIVAN. Wed-Fri and Sun 7pm; through May 24.

 

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

Playmakers, 19106 Playmakers Rd, Covington

playmakersinc.com or 985-893-1671

Neil Simon’s female adaptation of his hit-comedy male version, centered on mismatched roomies. Starring JILL McGUIRE as Olive Madison and MEGAN EDDY as Florence Ungar, with KAYTLYNN EDDLEMAN, ANYSIA GENRE, JENNY KILLEEN, EARL MYLIE, ROS POGUE, and STEPHANIE SMITH. ANNE POURCIAU directs. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; through May 24.

 

She Was Born: A Survival Story
Skin Horse Theater at the Tigerman Den, 3113 Royal St

natandveronica.org

NAT KUSINITZ directs VERONICA HUNSINGER-LOE in their collaboratively developed one-woman show, tracing the one-hour life cycle of an insect which reproduces asexually in a barren sci-fi landscape. Wed-Sun 8pm; through May 31. (Plus Mon May 25; no shows Sat May 23 or 30.)

 

On the Air: A Live Radio Broadcast Musical
Stage Door Canteen, WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St

nationalww2museum.org or 504-528-1943

This sequel to the hit On the Air showcases WSDC’s Hugh Dat and His Mystery Band accompanying TROI BECHET and TOM HOOK, with RON FLAGGE and LLOYD MEEKINS, through a tour through the Big Band era. VICTORIA REED directs; CAVAN HALLMAN wrote the book. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 1pm; through May 31.

 

Merrily We Roll Along*

Le Petit Theatre, 616 St Peter St

lepetittheatre.com or 504-522-2081

The venerated community theatre closes its season with the lush Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical, based on a play Kaufman & Hart. The lives of three friends are traced backwards in time, from one defining moment to the one before. TOM CIANFICHI directs stars RICH ARNOLD, LESLIE CASTAY, and KEVIN MURPHY, with ELI BARRON, ALEXANDRA BECKER, DAVID HARBOLD, WENDY MIKLOVIC, APRIL LYNN NELSON, and JADEN NORRIS. Musical direction by NATALIE TRUE; choreography by CLAYTON SHELVIN. Thu-Sat 7:30, plus Wed May 27 7:30 and Sunday May 31 3pm; May 22 – June 6. 

 

The Miracle Worker

The Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St, Lockport

bayouplayhouse.com or 888-992-2968

LUCY FAUST stars in director PERRY MARTIN’s revival of William Gibson’s evergreen showdown between the determined teacher Annie Sullivan and the blind and deaf “wild child” Helen Keller. (Martin made his directorial debut with the drama, 29 years ago.) Featuring DRU DeLANEY COLLINS, DAPHNE HERNANDEZ, DANE RHODES, and JILLIAN VEDROS-ROWAN. Fri-Sat 7:30, Sun 2:30; through June 7.

 

The Color Purple*

Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton

anthonybeantheater.com or 504-862-7529

Another big-musical season closer. Artistic director ANTHONY BEAN directs Marsha Norman’s stage adaptation of the beloved family saga, which blends elements of the Steven Spielberg movie and the Alice Walker novel. A cast of thirty is led by ASIA NELSON, DAMIEN MOSES, DC PAUL, GISELLE NAKHID, TOMIKA WILLIAMS and JADE HILLERY. Choreography by Nakhid; musical direction by STEVE and EMANUEL BURKE; design by DANE RHODES, VIC WOODWARD and Mrs B. Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm (except Sun June 7, 8pm); May 22 – June 14.

 

New shows marked by asterisk. Listed in order of closing. Press releases to cloveproductions@gmail.com.




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