Volume 16/Issue 21

On The Boards
by George Patterson, New Orleans

LSU Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Bldg., Baton Rouge, 504.388.3545.
LSU Theatre presents this original comedy by Jeffrey Jones about a young couple's experiences in a quick succession of Halloween nights. Ph.D. candidate Stephen Berwind (who produced the play's original production in NYC at the Theatre at St. Clements) directs Jeb Toms and Allison Glenzer as the hapless couple who are visited by beast Jemuel Morris and witch Andrea Frankle. Oct. 21-31, 7:30pm; Oct. 24 & 25, 1:30pm.

True Brew Theatre 200 Julia Street, 504.522.2907.
Carl Walker directs David Ives' collection of six one-act comedies, all of which involve some aspect of timing, from a dinner date in which the datees get to change what they say to one another, to a scientific study that has monkeys typing Hamlet, to a play about Trotsky with a hatchet in his head. The cast includes Danny Bowen, Eva Earls, Tari Hohn Lagasse, Gavin Mahlie, Doug Mittlestaedt & Rebecca Taliancich. Thurs.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 6 & 9pm, thru Oct. 31.

Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221.
This Cole Porter musical, with updated book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, all about gangsters and true love on board a 20's ocean liner, kicks off the season. Directed and choreographed by Alton Geno, it features Ann Casey as Reno Sweeney, with Kris Shaw, Kasey Marino, Walter Bost, Stephen LaDow, Amanda Norman-Rucker, Ashley Smetherman and Linda Hubschen. Jan Schluter is music director, while Robert Self does the ship set, Daniel Zimmer lights it and Trish McLain creates the period garb. Charles Ward produces. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm, thru Oct. 18. Optional preshow buffet available from 6pm, Thurs.-Sat.; 12 noon, Sun.

Mahalia JacksonTheatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 504.522.0996; 504.522.1314.
The New Orleans Ballet Association begins the season with this pre-eminent Hispanic dance company under the direction of Venezuelan Tina Ramirez. Its innovative repertory blends ballet, modern and ethnic dance with the rhythms, music and color of the Spanish speaking world to create a spirited image of contemporary Hispanic-American culture. Sat., Oct. 24, 8pm.

CAC, 900 Camp St., 504.528.3800.
Billed as "North America's oldest alternative circus," Circus von Amberg is back at the CAC with an all new extravaganza featuring Tahitian dancers who manipulate fire, aerialists cavorting, white doves flying through hoops, Gypsy dancers, jugglers, and much, much more. Oct. 16, 17, 23 & 24, 7:30pm; Sun., Oct. 18 & 25 at 2 & 5pm.

North Star Theatre, 347 Girard St., Mandeville, 504.626.1500; 800.924.5538.
Carl Walker's hit revue showcasing the music and mores of the '70's, after a summer long stint at the CAC, crosses the lake for a limited engagement, with the original cast: Anthony Bailey, Eddie Colins, Randy Juneau, Charlotte Lang, Cynthia Owen, Dorian Rush and Danon Smith. Jack Fowler is musical director; Roy Haylock and Charlotte Lang designed the wild and glitzy costumes; and, Ron Williams, the day-glo scenery. Fri., 8pm and Sat., 5pm & 8pm thru Oct. 17.

GLORIA DUPLEX: An Erotic Worship Service for Theatre
Claude Shaver Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Bldg., LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, 504.388.3527.
Swine Palace Productions presents the southern premiere of this cabaret-style play by Lousiana native and LSU aluma, Rebecca Wells. Set in New Orleans, it follows the life of Gloria Tom Duplex who is hired to perform in the Kitten Paradise Temple and Lounge. Full of song, dance, prayer, preaching and music, it is directed by Barry Kyle, with sets by Dawn Dedeaux and music directed by Andre DuBroc. The cast features Shelly Reynolds as Gloria with Russell Hodgkinson, Tea Molina, Latangela Sherman & Jennifer Joyner. Tues. - Sat., 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm, thru Oct. 18.

Delgado Community College, 3rd Floor, 615 City Park Ave., 504.483.4114.
Enterprising designer/director Timothy Baker revives this 60's musical precurser to the European pop-operas that dominated the musical theatre in the 80s. Written by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, this rock opera revisits the turbulent, anti-war 60s in Mr. Baker's multi-media design. Kevin Lomax is Claude; Travis Resor, George Berger; Troy Poplous, Hud; Jason Toups, Woof; and, Fahlonhee Harris is Shiela. Michael Rihnen conducts the band and Steven Edwards is the vocal director. Oct. 15-18, 21-25, 8pm; Oct. 18 & 25, 8pm.

Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504. 523.6530.
The orchestra continues its Classics season with a concert entitled Honoring Israel. Klauspeter Seibel conducts, with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Amy Lawrence, soprano & David Goldstein, narrator, Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish), honoring the 50th Anniversary of Israel's Creation; also, Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Oct. 22, 7:30pm; Oct. 24, 8pm.

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 504.528.3800; 504.522.5555.
Part of the CAC's Performance Support Program, Ta-Dah Productions, Inc. (Cathie Weinstein) presents the New Orleans premiere of this haunting tale of a "quintessential Englishwoman determined to forget the traumas of her youth in pre-war Nazi Germany. Written by Diane Samuels, John Grimsley and designs and directs Joan Blum, Lois Crandell, Courtney Bailey, Hope Weiss, & Bob Edes, Jr., with child musicians Perry Tsai, Genevieve Tolzdorf & David Bordson-Bozzo. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm, through Oct. 25.

Southern Repertory Theatre, 3rd Level, One Canal Place, 504.861.8163.
The Irish Cultural Society of New Orleans and Beefield Productions, in association with Southern Repertory Theatre, present this 1907 Irish classic written by J. M. Synge directed by Perry Martin and featuring Michael Cahill as Christy Mahon, a young man who claims to have killed his father in a fit of passion, and Janet Shea. Opens Oct. 23. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, thru Nov. 8.

Theatre of The Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 504.529.2278.
The New Orleans Opera Association begins its 56th season with Camille Saint-Saens musicl account of these two decieving and manipulative lovers. Russian mezzo soprano Irina Mishura returns to New Orleans to assay Dalila, tenor Mark Lundberg makes his New Orleans debut as Samson, Jay Lesenger directs and Canadian Pierre Hetu conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Oct. 14 & 17, 8pm.


Claude Shaver Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Bldg., LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, 504.388.3527.
Swine Palace Productions presents the second installment of Louisiana native Tony Kushner's award-winning epic about AIDS in the Reagan era. Founding Artistic Director Barry Kyle directs. Nov. 5 - 22.

Wortham Theater Center, Houston, 713.227.ARTS; 1.800.828.ARTS.
Houston Grand Opera begins the 98/99 season with Wagner's mythic story of redemption directed by red-hot Lion King director, Julie Taymor. German bass-baritone Franz Grundheber is the Dutchman and American soprano Sue Patchell sings the role of Senta. Austrian Dietfried Bernet conducts. Oct. 25, 28 & 31; Nov. 3, 6 & 8.

Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
Ken Risch directs one of Noel Coward's most hilarious comedies. Oct. 30 - Nov. 15.

Southern Repertory Theatre, 3rd Level, One Canal Place, 504.525.4498.
The Krewe of Petronius, in association with Southern Repertory Theatre, presents the regional premiere of out Lesbian playwright Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning comedy about a young girl learning how to drive through life and her driving teacher uncle, "a pedophie even a mother could love." George Patterson directs and designs. Dane Rhodes is technical director. Ron Williams & Stacy Arton are Uncle Peck and Li'l Bit, with Erika Hamburg, Maggie Eldred & Sean Patterson. Nov. 20 - Dec. 13.

Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 504.524.2490; 504.522.5555; for groups of 20 or more, 504.569.1520.
The MasterCard Broadway series begins with this cinamusical adapted for the stage by Blake Edwards, with music by the late Henry Mancini, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and additional musical material by Frank Wildhorn. Created originally for Julie Andrews (Mrs. Edwards), this touring production will star Grammy Award-winning recording artist Toni Tennille as Victoria Grant who impersonates a man to pay the rent. Mark S. Hoebee directs, Robin Wagner designed the sets; Willa Kim, the costumes. Nov. 3-8.

Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504. 523.6530.
William Eddins conducts the orchestra in an all American program called American Crossings, with Ives' Variations on America; Williams' Trumpet Concerto, featuring trumpet player Michael Sachs; Bernstein's Mambo from West Side Story; Milhaud's la Creation du Monde; and, Amram's En Memoria de Chano Pozo. Thurs., Nov. 5, 7:30pm; Sat., Nov. 7, 8pm.

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