productions
Volume 19/Issue 22/2001

On The Boards
by George Patterson, New Orleans

ARBEIT MACHT FREI, Thrust Theatre, UNO's Performing Arts Center, 504.280.6317. Cash Carpenter directs award-winning student Rebecca Basham's new play about women's oppression set in a WWII German concentration camp. The cast includes Sandi Williams, Brynn Baudier, Lynn Toal and Jason Kirkpatrick. Nov. 6-11, 8pm.

ART, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081. Shelley Poncy directs the local premiere Yazmina Reza's internationally acclaimed and Tony Award-winning comedy about the nature of art and friendship among three men, played by Bert Pigg, Paul Schierhorn and Russell Hodgkinson. Fri. & Sat., 8pm, Sun., 2pm, Nov. 2 - 25.

BEETHOVEN AND BLUE JEANS, Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504.523.6530; www.lpomusic.com. This is one of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's casual concerts (hence the title) with Klauspeter Seibel conducting. It features pianist Elena Klionsky performing Persichetti's Piano Concerto, Brahms' Serenade No. 2 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1. Nov. 1, 7:30pm; Nov. 3, 8pm.annmargaret

BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 504.522.5555, broadwayacrossamerica.com; saengertheatre.com; and ticketmaster.com. The Broadway in New Orleans series begins the new season with this reworking of the Carol Hall, Larry L. King and Peter Masterson musical comedy about Texas' notorious Chicken Ranch with Ann-Margaret playing the madam and Gary Sandy the sheriff and her love interest. Directed and choreographed by Thommie Walsh, with lavish new costumes by Bob Mackie, the show runs Tues. - Sat., 8pm, with matinees Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm, Oct. 30 - Nov. 4.

BLITHE SPIRIT, Joseph Maumus Center, 721 Friscouville Ave., Arabi, LA; 504.271.0833; 504.276.1885. Community Actors of St. Bernard Theater, Inc., under the direction of Kathy Maher, present Noel Coward's comedy about a disgruntled, dead wife conjured up by a ditzy spiritualist named Madame Arcati. The ghost manages to kill the second wife and together they do in the husband so they can nag him unto eternity. The cast features Wayne McCarthy, Rae Ann Callais, Kerri Brandt, Shawn Hotard, Tim Callais, Jessica Engeron and Chris Brandt. Fri. & Sat., 8pm, Sun., 3pm; though Nov. 4.

BROWN, True Brew Cafe, 200 Julia St., 504.524.8441. Experience the sell-out improvisational comedy show formerly at Movie Pitchers featuring the quick wits of Andy Hebert, Bill Berry, P. H. Fred, Ken LaFrance, Rene Maxwell, Erika Hamburg and our favorite Sean Patterson. This sextet use audience suggestions to create on-the-spot original sketches, songs and sight gags. You are encouraged to bring a prop to the show and you may even be invited to join the cast for a game of "Freeze Tag." Sat., 11pm.

CLASSICAL CABARET WITH JEANNE-MICHELE CHARBONNET, Lupin Recital Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., 1.800.881.4459,504.529.3000. New Orleans Opera Association presents the star of Die Walkure in a classical recital directed by Carol Rausch who is also the accompanist. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served before the performance and a light dinner afterwards. Sun., Oct. 28, 4pm.

HELL HOUNDS, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com. This original play by Rob Tsarov (Love Sauce), concerns a telemarketer who shoots a barking dog only to discover that the dog is Cerberus - the Greek mythological guard god of hell. The show stars Steve Zissis, Veronica Russell, Sara Stelatto, Kim Collins and Travis Acosta. Fri. & Sat., 11pm, through Oct. 27.

THE JANIS JOPLIN REVUE, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812, cabaretlechatnoir.com. Dorian Rush, one of the stars of last summer's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Kiki La Bonbon, sings songs that Janis Joplin popularized and may even be seen imbibing Southern Comfort! Tues., Oct. 28, 8pm.

KIKI LE BONBON'S CABARET OH-LA-LA, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave. Dorian Rush reprises her outrageous act with most of the members of Running With Scissors (Flynn DeMarco, Bob Edes, Jim Jeske, Laura Freeman) along with Harry Mayronne, Jr. and Miss Viola for one night only, Sun., Nov. 11, 6pm, as a benefit for the Krewe of Petronius. Call 504.525.4498 for tickets and information.

LATE NITE CATECHISM, Le Petit's Director's Studio, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081; group sales, 504.822.7211. Theatricks, Inc. and The Directors Studio of Le Petit Theatre present the regional premiere of this off-Broadway comedy hit by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Local actress Amanda Hebert (or Adriana Bate) plays the Sister who teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of "students" (the audience). Sister goes from benevolent instructor to authoritative drill sergeant. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm & 6pm.

MORNING'S AT SEVEN, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221. Keith Briggs directs and designs this old chestnut of a comedy by Paul Osborne about two American families living side-by-side in 1914. The cast of veteran actors includes Lois Cradell, Pauline Prelutsky, Abby Lake, Nancy Hammons, Helen Blanke, Stocker Fontelieu, Roy Dumont, Wayne Blankenship and Glen Gomez. Julie Winn does the costumes, Daniel Zimmer, the lights, and Charle Ward produces. Thurs.- Sat., 8pm, Sun., 2:30pm, Nov. 2 - 18. Optional buffet available from 6pm, Fri. - Sat., 12 noon, Sun.

PROPHECY, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812, cabaretlechatnoir.com. Hiram Ed Taylor writes and directs this two act comedy set after Armegddon when New Orleans becomes the center of the New Age ruled by Madam Owiga, once a fortune teller in Jackson Square, and now dictator of the entire universe. Amelia Stocker plays the Madam with Kim Collins, Chriss Cozzalio, Christian Middleton and Ryan Reinike. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm, through Nov. 3.

RUMOURS OF WAR, CAC's Performance Warehouse, 900 Camp St., 504.528.3800. This is a site-specific performance piece in 3 parts conceived, directed and in part performed by Kathy Randels. Set on a La. plantation, the cast features Lucas Cox, John Hammons, J. Hammons, Roscoe Reddix, Jr., Ausettua Amor Amenkum and Monique Moss. John Grimsley designs the setting, and Shawn Hall creates the "scenography." Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 25-28, 7pm.irmathomas

SIMPLY IRMA, Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. (at Willow St.), 504.862.7529; www.anthonybeantheater.com. Written by Anthony Bean and Irma Thomas, the New Orleans Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas, will play herself in this musical that documents the pitfalls and successes of her dramatic music career. Allen Toussaint, who wrote many of her hits, has written new songs for this production. Playing Irma in her younger years is Gabrielle Porter, and Sandra Richards portrays Ruth Brown, Irma's inspiration. Fri., Sat. & Sun., Nov. 2-5, 8pm.

SOIREE EDITH PIAF, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812, cabaretlechatnoir.com. With Cajun Dr. Will Robichaux on accordion and her son Matt Scoggin on piano, local actress and racanteur M.I. Scoggin brings her critically acclaimed cabaret act back to Le Chat Noir. Don't miss this wonderful evocation of France's Little Sparrow. Sat., Nov. 10, 8pm.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS, 888.566.7469, www.beaurivage.com. This smash hit Broadway musical, featuring 80 minutes of songs from Leiber and Stroller such as "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Yakety Yak," and many more from the 50's and early 60's, is a high energy song and dance revue that stars rock & roll legends Gary U.S. Bonds performing through Oct. 28 and Rita Coolidge performing Nov. 7-25.

THE SONGS OF JUDY GARLAND, Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812, cabaretlechatnoir.com. Singer Sydney Beaumont returns with her critcally acclaimed act in which she channels Judy Garland and her music in a most entertaining way. Larry Sieferth's accompaniment is an added plus. Sun., Oct. 28

TRAVELS WITH JACK LEMMON'S DOG, North Star Theatre, 347 Gerard St., Old Mandeville, 504.626.1500; 1.800.924.5538; www.northstartheatre.com. Lori Bennett directs the world premiere of this new comedy by Emmy winner Chambers Stevens about a real trip from California taking Jack Lemmon's standard poodle to his master working in Canada. The cast includes Dallas actor Dan Burkarth, Ladson Deyne and Linda DiLeo. Henry Heymann designs the costumes and setting; Rick Hayward, the lighting; and Ed Morvant is chroeographer. Fri. & Sat., 8pm, Sun., 2pm, Oct. Through Nov. 17.

TROUBLED WATERS, Dillard University Theater, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., 504.816.4857. This is a new play written and directed by Yvette Sirker, set in the Mississippi Delta, this true story is about the intentional flooding of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. Nov. 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 & 17, 8PM; Nov. 11, 3pm.

WHEN YA SMILIN', True Brew Cafe, 200 Julia St., 504.524.8441. Ricky Graham unveils another of his delightful memory plays (And The Ball and All...) about growing up in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, circa 1958, which Roy Smith and The Producers Circle produces. Sean Patterson plays the central character, a 10 year old boy named Paulie Dufour who lives in a fantasy world. Others in the cast are Gavin Mahlie, Heidi Junius, Angela Mannino, Renee Maxwell, Becky Allen and Ricky Graham, who also directs. James Jennings designs the set; Dan Zimmer, the lights; and Roy Haylock coordinates the costumes. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, through Nov. 18. Actor's Night, Sun., Oct. 28, 6pm; also added performance Sun., Nov. 4, 6pm (no performances Oct. 26 & Nov. 2).

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, Teddy's Corner, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 615 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081. Brandt Blocker directs - and music directs Clark Gesner's musical adaptation of characters created by Charles Schulz with young performers, headed by Hardy Weaver as Charlie Brown, with Nori Pritchard as Lucy; Alex Pomes, Snoopy; Michelle Marcotte, Sally; John Haas, Linus; and Andrew Larimer, Schroeder. Juane' Buisson provides the choreography, with costumes by Sara Rosevally and scenery and lighting by Bill Walker. Sat. & Sun., 2pm, through Oct. 28.

IN THE WINGS

ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS, Lupin Theatre, Tulane University, 504.865.5106. Buzz Podewell directs Jane Martin's comedy about an hysterial look into the world of theatre in an ill-fated Texas production of Chekhov's Three Sisters that involves a country music singing romantic lead, a flamboyant costume designer, corporate drones, rich hick funders, an arrogant English director.... Nov. 13 - 18.

DIE WALKURE, Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 1.800.881.4459; 504.529.3000; www.neworleansopera.org. New Orleans Opera Association presents Richard Wagner's monumental masterpiece in which all the thrilling elements of Wagner's mythological world come to life, trransporting one to the world of Gods and Goddesses, magic fire, forbidden love and the thrilling "Ride of the Valkyries." With Robert Lyall conducting the La. Philharmonic Orchestra and Jay Lesenger directing, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet is featured as Brunnhilde, with Sheila Smith as Sieglinde, Thomas Studebaker, Siegmund and Clayton Brainerd, Wotan. Thurs., Nov. 15 & Sat., Nov. 17, Act I begins at 6pm with a 90 minute dinner Intermission (and dinner available) preceding Act II.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504.522.5555. Theatre League of Louisiana presents Eve Ensler's award-winning play inspired by the playwright's interviews with more than 200 women around the world who spoke candidly, enthusiastically and movingly about their vaginas. Elizabeth Ashley will be the featured star for the first week, second to be announced. Nov. 27 - Dec. 9.


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