Volume 16/Issue 22

On The Boards
by George Patterson, New Orleans

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 Nov. 28. New playing times in Nov. are Thurs. - Sat., 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 in which the characters from Millenium find an acceptance of loss and discover a new kind of strength in solitude. The cast includes Matt Scott as Joe, Mark McLaughlin as Roy Cohn, Rhea Plakotos as Hanna Porter and Ethel Rosenberg, Tony Molina as the Black drag queen Belize, and Bill McDonald as Prior. Others in the cast are Tony Marble, Diane Wagner & Lara Grise. Founding Artistic Director Barry Kyle directs; Robin Roberts designs the sets and Ron Vodicka, the lights. Thurs., Nov. 5 - Sat., Nov. 8, 7:30pm; Sun., Nov. 8, 2pm; Tues., Nov. 10 - Sat., Nov. 14, 7:30pm; Sat., Nov. 14 - Sun., Nov. 15, 2pm; Tues., Nov. 17 - Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30pm; and, Sat., Nov. 21 - Sun., Nov. 22, 2pm.

Mahalia JacksonTheatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 504.529.2278.
The New Orleans Opera Association's second offering of the season is Gioachino Rossini's two act comedy of romance, outrageous antics, hidden identities and wonderful melodies. The clever barber Figaro aids Almaviva in a scheme to unite Rosina with Almaviva, but Dr. Bartolo, Rosina's guardian, wants her for himself. David Malis, last year's Papageno, returns to sing Figaro; Vivica Genaux is Rosina and tenor Mark Thomsen is Count Almaviva. Victor DeRenzi conducts the LPO. Nov. 11 & 14; 8pm.

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. This production features a massive, skeletal ship, two added characters which reflect the main characters and a troupe of dancers. Austrian Dietfried Bernet conducts. Oct. 31, Nov. 3, 6, 8pm; Sun., Nov. 8, 2pm.

hayfever Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
Ken Risch directs one of Noel Coward's most hilarious comedies about an outrageous weekend in the country, with Adriana Bate, Jon A. Russo, Leon Contavesprie, Gemma Denmark, Paul Gonsoulin, Mary Lee Gibbons, L. Jeffrey Martorell, Katherine Keberlein and Pauline Prelutsky. Janet Harreld does the costumes. Thurs. - Sun., 8pm; Sun., 2pm thru Nov. 15.

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.

playboy 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. Others in the cast are Janet Shea, Randie Cheramie, Robert Montgomery, Bob Scully, Ralph Lister, Kara Hadigan, Amy Alvarez, Robin Werner, Marnie Thompson, Michael Sullivan & Doug Mundy. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, thru Nov. 15.

UNO Performing Arts Bldg., UNO Campus, 504.245.9226.
The Magic of Ca$h and the Lakefront Players of UNO present a magic show which is not intended for children. Fri. & Sat., Oct. 30 & 31, 8pm.

victor 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. Also starring are Dennis Cole with Jamie Ross, Dana Lynn Mauro, Dominic Cuskern & A. J. Irvin featured. Mark S. Hoebee directs, Dan Mojica choreographs and Robin Wagner designed the sets; Willa Kim, the costumes. Nov. 3-8. Tues. - Sat., 8pm; Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm.


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/drama about incest and learning to drive through life, directed & designed by George Patterson and featuring Ron Williams as Uncle Peck and Stacy Arton as Li'l Bit with Maggie Eldred, Erika Hamburg & Jack Long. Nov. 20 - Dec. 13.

Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504. 523.6530.
Max is back! Maxim Shostakovich conducts a concert comprised of Weber's Euryanthe Overture, Sebelius's Violin Concerto featuring Alyssa Park, and his father's, Dmitri Shostakovich's, Symphony No. 6. Thurs., Nov. 19, 7:30pm; Sat., Nov. 21, 8pm.

Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., 504.468.7221.
Greg, a NYC financial trader finds Sylvia, a poodle, in the park and brings her home to his estranged wife, Kate and the complications-and fun- begin. Yvette Hargis is Sylvia; Kris Shaw, Greg; Tari Hohn Lagasse, Kate, with Lance Spellerberg playing a variety of roles. Joe Warfield directs. Robert Self does the sets and lights and Elizabeth Parent, the costumes. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. Nov. 20 thru Dec. 12.

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