ON THE BOARDS
by GEORGE PATTERSON, New Orleans
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., Bank One Theatre, 504.528.3800.
Kate Hoffman & Ron Flagge present four one-act plays by William S. Leavengood which are a "collection of four tales of fleeting personal encounters involving a mish-mash of individuals while traveling U.S. highways." Directed by Harold Evans, Kate Hoffman and Susan Parker, it features Julian Dalcour, Ron Flagge, Larry Gray, Randy Maggiore & Lynn Toal. Thurs. - Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm, thru Dec. 14.
A DELICATE BALANCE
Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221.
Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the meaning of friendship and responsibility is directed by Joe Warfield and stars Janet Shea, Elliott Keener, Pauline Prelutsky, Charles Bosworth, Abby Lake & Gina Paretto. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm, Sun., 2pm, optional dinner served from 6pm, 12noon Sun., thru Nov. 30.
...AND THE BALL AND ALL
Tony Mandina's Westbank Theatre Banquet Room, 1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 504.362.4451.
Ricky Graham's award-winning comedy about the members of an all-female krewe trying to put on a Mardi Gras ball returns to the boards in this special dinner theatre production. Mr. Graham directs Sandi Bravender, Amanda Hebert, Renee Maxwell, Jo Ann Testa, Jennifer Breedlove, Denise Ponce & Roy Haylock as Ernesto, the costume designer. Fri. & Sat., dinner at 7:15pm, curtain at 8:15pm thru Dec. 6.
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Theatre Marigny, 616 Frenchmen St., 504.944.2653.
Lillian Hellman's play concerning two teachers in an all girls' school accused of lesbianism by one of the students, features Jennifer Carriere, Tracy Hernandez, Angie Ree, George Kelly, Nancy Hammons, Erik Simon, Corinna Bohren, Kimberly Ormiston, Misty Ormiston & Lee Prevost. Dane Rhodes directs. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm (no performance Sat., Dec. 13), thru Dec. 20.
NORD Theatre, Gallier Hall, 705 Lafayette St., 504.565.7860.
Director Ty Tracy presents another staging of this original localized treatment of the classic fairy tale written by Bob Bruce and David Cuthbert with music by the late great Fred Palmisano. This edition stars Brennan Manale as Cinderella, with Givonna Joseph, Helen Blanke, Lawana Menendez, Ellen Flohberger and David Tringali. Nov. 14-Dec. 14; Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. (No shows Thanksgiving weekend.)
Theatre Of The Performing Arts, 801 N. Rampart, 504.529.2278.
Leo Delibes' opera set in India is the gentle tale of the love of a young Indian girl for a British officer. Klauspeter Seibel conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic. David Morelock directs Elizabeth Futral as Lakme, Daniel Hendrick as Gerald, the officer, James Maddalena and Kathleen Heggierski. Wed., Dec. 10, & Sat., Dec. 13, at 7:30pm.
LOST IN YONKERS
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
Keith Briggs recreates this Neil Simon award-winning autobiographical play, with the same cast from the Rivertown Rep's Big Easy award winning production; namely, E. J. Killeen, Yvette Hargis, Lois W. Crandell, Chad Keller & Kathy Riess, with Jay Buller and Joey Bullock playing the two precocious siblings. Wed. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm; Dec. 6-20.
TWELVE ANGRY MEN
True Brew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.
Reginald Rose's 1957 teleplay made into a Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda (inspired by the McCarthy era), recently re-filmed by Showtime, should be retitled in this Fred Nuccio directed production as "Twelve Angry People," featuring as it does, both men and women. It's about the trial of a young Hispanic accused of murder. This production features Gavin Mahlie, Tom Dugger, Tari Hohn Lagasse, Michael Arata, Stocker Fontelieu, Roy Dumont, Barbara Tasker, Linda Hubchine, Kim Patterson, Joe Iuzzolino, Kathleen Turner and Marc Belloni. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm, thru Dec. 13.
IN THE WINGS
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 504.525.2490; 504.522.5555; in Baton Rouge: 504.761.8400, or 800.488.5252.
For groups of 20 or more: 504.569.1520. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical behemoth returns for a five week run. Directed by Harold Prince, and in its ninth year in New York and its tenth in London, this national tour reunites the original London creative team. Opens Dec. 17. Tues.-Sat., 8pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm, Sun., 7:30pm, with additional performances on Thurs., Dec. 18, 2pm; Mon., Dec. 22, 8pm; Mon., Dec. 29, 8pm; Thurs., Jan. 8, 2pm; Mon., Jan. 12, 8pm; and, Thurs., Jan. 15, 2pm. No performances Dec. 24 & Jan 1.