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State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.16-7.23

Compiled by Michael Martin

A lively pair of musicals and the blackest of black comedies open soon. Plus Halley's Comet continues her ride and Earnest stays important. For a full listing of this week's theatrical offerings, click on through.


The Tempest 

Promethean Theatre Co at Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St

504-948-4741 or

Shakespeare’s late romance about the magical machinations of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, to see his daughter Miranda restored to her rightful throne. Directed by REBECCA FRANK, with choreography by JEFFFEY GUNSHOL and an original score by RATTY SCURVICS. The cast includes JOHN AMMERMAN, DESIREE BACALA, KERRY CAHILL, CASEY GROVES, RACHEL WHITMAN GROVES, MACK GUILLORY, HELEN BLAISE LANIGAN, KATHLEEN McMANUS, SHERRI MARINA, GEORGE SANCHEZ, STEVE SPEHAR, and DAVID WILLIAMS. The outdoor staging is a co-production by Promethean and the new In Good Company.  

Fri-Sat 7:30; through July 18.


Riding Halley’s Comet 

Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or

IDELLA JOHNSON (who also performs) produces the premiere of ANN McQUEEN’s drama about a mother and daughter confronting the older woman’s mental illness. The cast also includes TROI BECHET, MARTIN BRADFORD, ROBERT DOQUI, KESHUNA JONES LEE, YOHANCE MYLES, CHERELLE PALMER, DC PAUL, and CAROL DICKERSON SUTTON, under the direction of TROY POPULOUS.

Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm; through July 19.



Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Lab Theater, 6329 Freret St

504-865-5106 or

Festival managing director CHANEY TULLOS collaborates with RAUL GOMEZ and RUBY SMITH of Compleat Stage to create a multidisciplinary fusion of the Bard’s romantic words with music, dance, and visual art.

Tue-Wed and Sun 7:30, Sat 1:30; through July 22.


The Importance of Being Earnest 

Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Lupin Hall, 6329 Freret St

504-865-5106 or

JESSICA PODEWELL directs Wilde’s satiric comedy of manners, about a pair of bachelors whose double lives wreak havoc on their courtship of the women of their dreams. JAMES BARTELLE, DANNY BOWEN, PATRICK BOWEN, JASON CARTER, TRACEY COLLINS, JULIA DeLOIS, LYNDSAY KIMBALL, and CLAIRE MONCRIEF star.

Thu-Sat 7:30, Sun 1:30; plus Sat July 25, 1:30; through July 25.


Peter Pan +

Rivertown Theaters, 325 Minor St, Kenner

504-461-9475 or

The 1954 Tony winner for best musical, about J.M. Barrie’s magical boy who won’t grow up and his adventures in Neverland, is directed by KELLY FOUCHI. GABRIELLE EDGERSON, MICHELLE MACICEK, JADEN NORRIS, ROSS QUINN, MATT REED, GARY RUCKER, SIMON RUCKER, and CHRISTIAN TARZETT star.

Thu-Sat 7:30, Sun 2pm, plus Wed Jul 22 7:30m and Sat July 25 2pm; July 16 – 26.


Once More, with Dr Horrible +

Southern Rep at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St

504-488-1460 or

CAMMIE WEST directs this double-bill concert mash-up of Joss Whedon’s Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog and his famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling”. Featuring MARIE BECNEL, KATIE COPLEN BOURG, SARAH CARLTON, CRISTINA HATHEWAY, KAYLN HEPTING, ELYSE McDANIEL, FREDERICK MEAD, MATTHEW MICKAL, ROBERT MITCHELL, JOEY OLSEN and NICK STEPHENS, accompanied by a four-piece band led by JEFFERSON TURNER.

Fri-Sun 7pm; July 24 – 26. [One weekend only.]


Pterodactyls +

Promethean Theatre Co at the Old Marquer, 2400 St Claude

504-298-8676 or

In collaboration with the new Rockfire Theatre, Promethean’s artistic director STEPHEN ECKERT helms Nicky Silver’s modern black-comedy classic of family dysfunction. LARA GRICE, JAMES WRIGHT, and ERIN CESSNA play the Duncans (with KHIRY ARMSTEAD as the fiancé), whose settled lives of alcohol, denial, and hypochondria are thrown into chaos by the return of the long-absent oldest son, MARK BRYAN.

Thu-Sat 7:30; July 23 – August 8.  


America’s Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to the Andrew Sisters

Stage Door Canteen, WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St or 504-528-1943

The Victory Belles swing their way through “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and more hits in this long-running revue. 

Wed 11:45am; through August 19. (July 22, Aug 5 and Aug 19.)

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