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Volume 16/Issue 11

On The Boards
by George Patterson, New Orleans

North Star Theatre, 347 Gerard St., Mandeville,504.626.1500, 1.800.924.5538.
The longest-running play in New Orleans theatre history (The Fudgeripple Follies was the longest running cabaret show), is reprised once again with its author, Ricky Graham, providing his immaculate direction. Hysterically funny, this New Orleans-specific play tells of the trials and tribulations of an all-woman carnival krewe in trying to put on a Mardi Gras ball. Starring Becky Allen and members of the original cast-Roy Haylock (also the costume designer), Amanda Hebert, Kiel Junius and Renee Maxwell, it plays Fri., 8pm, Sat., 5pm & 8pm thru May 30.

Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221.
Rivertown Rep ends its current season with this musical comedy about the effects of procreation on three couples and their voyage to parenthood. With book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., Fred Nuccio directs Tracey E. Collins, Terri Gervais, Kerry Lynn Mendelson, James Murphy and Ken Risch as the couples, with Eric Lincoln, Joanne Mehrtens, Robert M. Montgomery, Amanda Norman-Rucker, Renee Balencie Saussay & Susan Barrett Smith.. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, thru May 31. An optional buffet is available nightly from 6pm; 12 noon on Sun.

CAC's FreeportMacMaRon Theatre, 900 Camp St., 504.528.3800.
Carl Walker reprises his hit musical revue of songs from the 70s that played this venue two years ago. With musical direction by Jack Fowler, costumes by Roy Haylock and Charlotte Lang and promising a more elaborate set than the original by designer Ron Williams, this edition boasts the return of Wess Hughes, Charlotte Lang and Danon Smith from the original production. The newbies are: Cynthia Owens (returning to New Orleans), Dorian Rush, Anthony Bailey, Randy Juneau, Daniel Morgan and Christopher Rice. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, June 5 - June 28.

True Brew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
Trish Denmark and Fred Nuccio turn their theatre over to the Loyola Student Showcase for this original comedy written and directed by Mike O'Connell which is described as a play about five characters in search of an exit-from alcoholism, prosthetics, mental illness and their own dead-end conversations. The five are: Leslie Campisi, Mr. O'Connell, Shaun Garrett, Melissa Parrish & Steve Reed. Fri. & Sat., May 29 & 30 and June 5 & 6. Call for performance times.

Carlone's Dinner Theatre, 100 N. Labarre Rd (at Airline Hwy.), Metairie, 504.838.9906.
Sonny Borey directs and Karen Hebert choreographs this musical comedy revue about an all-boy singing quartet from the early 60's who are the [Forever] Plaids. They are: Eric Haston, Preston Meche, Patrick Mendelson and Christopher Domroe Wecklein. Thurs. - Sat., dinner from 6pm, show at 8pm; Sun., buffet from 11am, show at 2pm. Thru May 31.

left to right: Gene Desrochers, Stacy Taliancich & Michael Sullivan in The Game Show

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 504.528.3800.
Written and directed by Rene J. F. Piazza, this satire on TV game shows is described as a night of pure entertainment for the whole family...filled with zany contestants, bizarre questions, and enough audience involvement to make anyone want to play the games right along with the actors. The cast includes Daryl Cade, Gene Desrochers, Mario Taormina, Stacy Taliancich, Vic Palazzo, Gwen Chevalier, Michael Sullivan, Farrah Layne Wright & Rene J. F. Piazza. Thurs. - Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm, thru June 28.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
Le Petit presents yet another incarnation (the second for this theatre in 15 years) of the musical comedy classic about the life and times of Gypsy Rose Lee with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by the theatre's technical director, Bill Walker and featuring Sheila McDermott as Mama Rose, Chase Waites as Herbie, Stephanie Gill as Baby June, Katy Guell as June, Sarah Umbehagan as Baby Louise, Jennifer Vartanian as Louise and Sean Richmond, Adrienne Bolotte, Dena Rispone, Cindy Huber McCrossen and Amanda Faucett. Mr. Walker doubles on designing the sets, with costumes by Julie Winn and lighting designed by Dan Zimmer. Blake Cohealie does the choreography. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, thru June 14.

Lupin Theatre, Tulane Campus, 504.865.5105.
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents the Bard of Avon's political drama about an ambitious leader's rise to power and tragic downfall in ancient Rome. Aimee Michel directs a cast that includes Gavin Mahlie, Mark McLaughlin, George Sanchez & Adriana Bate Thurs -Sun., 7:30pm, Sun., 2pm, June 7 - 28.

Gavin Mahlie as Brutus; George Sanchez as Julius Caesar

Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., 713.228.8421.
This highly praised London premiere production of an early Tennessee Williams play about prison corruption comes to America intact, with direction by Trevor Nunn and starring the original London cast which includes Colin Redgrave, whose sister, Vanessa, was responsible for unearthing this rare gem and instigating this rare reciprocal production. June 10 - July 3.

Salem Community Theatre, 4212 Camp Street (at Milan), 504.895.3773.
Treehouse Players reprise their hit childen's show with book and lyrics by Vatican Lokey, music by Brent Crayon and direction, design and additional material by Edward R. Cox. Jennifer Cameron plays Rapunzel, with Gary Rucker, Robert Montgomery, Amanda Norman-Rucker, Amanda Spurlin & Brandon Wilks. June 12, 8pm, Sat. & Sun., 2:30pm, Sat., June 20, 8pm. thru Jun 21.

In The Wings


Southern Repertory Theatre, 3rd Level, One Canal Place, 504.523.0945; 504.861.8163; groups: 504.897.0657.
The terrific trio that gave us Daryl's Perils has struck again. With book and lyrics by Ricky Graham and David Cuthbert and music by Harry Mayronne, Jr., and direction by Ricky Graham, a brand-new musical comedy about Bourbon Street entertainers, circa 1958, hits the boards. Starring Becky Allen as Busty Rusty Russell, the Saucy Sophisticate of Song who has organized a Bail Bond Benefit for her SOS fund (Save Our Strippers), and Michael Bennett as Buddy Ray, the erascible emcee of this vaudeville turn, the show features Renee Maxwell as Dixie Lee Barrymore, the Bernhardt of Burlesque, Sean Patterson as My-O-My star Dani Delmar, the dance team of Lothar and Lupe (Roy Haylock, who also doubles as costume designer, and Mandy Zirkenbach), with Chris Wecklein, Veronica Giacano, Lara Nelms, Troi Bechet, Amanda Hebert and Phil Blunt as a heckler. Chris Jones does the scenery and lighting. Previews June 19, 8pm (the Krewe of Petronius is sponsoring the world premiere performance - call 504.525.4498); June 20, 6:30pm & 9pm; June 26, 8pm. Runs June 27 - July 26; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 6:30pm & 9pm; special Sun. matinee, July 26, 3pm.

Dixon Hall, Tulane Univ., 504.865.5269.
Tulane U.'s Summer Lyric Theatre opens its 31st season with Isobel Lennert's musical story of Broadway's greatest singing comedienne, Fanny Brice, with songs by Jule Styne & Robert Merrill. Starring Linda Zoblotsky and Christopher Carey, it is directed by Michaelo Howard. June 18-21.

UNO Performing Arts Center, UNO Campus, 504.245.8884.
The New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus in concert Sat, June 27, 8pm; Sun., Jun 28, 3m.

Lupin Theatre, Tulane Campus, 504.865.5105.
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane continues its summer activities with Shakespeare's most romantic drama. July 19 - Aug. 2.

Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 504.525.2490 or 504.522.5555, groups of 20 or more: 504.569.1520.
Luke Cresswell and Steven McNicholas's off-Broadway, and international, smash hit percussive dance phenom, utilizing unlikely percussion instruments like garbage cans, tea chests, plastic bags, boots, hub caps, match boxes and brooms, returns for a one-week reprise June 16 - 21. Tues. - Fri., 8pm, Thurs. & Sun., 2pm; Sat., 5pm & 9pm.

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