Volume 18/Issue 6

On The Boards
by George Patterson, New Orleans

Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie, 504.885.2000;
Danny O'Flaherty and The Celtic Folk perform a concert of rowdy songs of the sea and glen, rollicking songs of whiskey and women, rueful songs of rebellion and rising and aching calls for tolerance and peace in celebration of St. Patty's Day. Sat., Mar. 18, one performance only, 7:30pm.streetcar

Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 504.504.529.2278.
The final opera of New Orleans Opera Association's 57th season, and only its second production after its premiere last year in San Francisco, this new opera by Andre Previn, running concurrently with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, features local soprano Elizabeth Futral in the role of Stella, with Sheryl Woods as Blanche, Franco Pomponi as Stanley and Jay Hunter Morris as Mitch. Robert Lyall conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra while Colin Graham directs. The original San Francisco set, designed by Michael Yeargan, will also be featured. Mar. 22 & 25, 8pm; Mar. 26, 2pm.

Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 504.468.7221.
Stocker Fontelieu directs this George Bernard Shaw comedy classic about the dead wife who returns as a ghost to hector and annoy her philandering husband. John Hammons and Nancy Hammons play husband and wife Charles and Ruth, Yvette Hargis is spooky Elvira the dead wife and Helen Blank is Madam Arcati. Lance Spellerberg designs the sets; Trish McLain, the costumes and props; and,cabaret Daniel Zimmer, the lights. Thurs. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, through Apr. 2. Optional buffet served from 6pm Thurs.-Sat.; from 12:30pm Sun.

Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart St., 504.522.5555; 504.524.2490.
New Orleans Broadway Series presents this touring production of the recent Tony Award winning revival of this Kander and Ebb musical classic as reimagined by director Sam Mendes and cat choreographer Ron Marshall with Norbert Leo Butz as the super-decadent Emcee. Tues. -Sat., 8pm; Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Mar. 28 - Apr. 2.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.
A joint production of Le Petit and the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, this production, directed and designed by John Grimsley, with costumes by Cecile Casey Covert, features Rebecca Lovett as Maggie the Cat, Rob Florence as her ambivalent husband Brick, with George Kelly as Big Daddy, Helen Jolly as Big Mama, Glen Gomez as Goober, and Lynn Toal as his wife, Sister Woman. Luis Q. Barroso and Scott Jefferson are also featured. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm, through Apr. 2.

Shim Sham Club, 615 Toulouse St., 504.524.0050; 504.581.1144;
Presented in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/N.O. Literary Fest, this solo performance by Kathy Randels is described as a "collision of texts" from Homer to Meredith Monk, with dollops of Ernest Hemingway and Williams along with Randels' original poetry and prose, set to original guitar music by Sean LaRocca. Fri., Mar. 24, 11am; Sat., Mar. 25, 4pm.

North Star Theatre, 347 Gerard St., Old Mandeville, 504.626.1500; 1.800.924.5538.
Director Lori Bennett and designer Henry Heymann reimagine this magical musical that can be easily crushed with too much reimagining. This edition features Chris Carey as El Gallo, Eddie Collins and Mari Vigueira as the young [callow] next-door neighbors who become lovers with Michael Bennett as one of their fathers. Rounding out the [un]traditional cast are Stephen Marlbrough and Linda DiLeo. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 5 & 8pm, through Apr. 15.

Le Petit Theatre Children's Corner, 616 St. Peter St., 504.524.0050; 504.581.1144;
Produced by UNO's Drama and Communications Dept., in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/N.O. Literary Fest, this is the full production of last year's one-act play competition winner by Jeff Hoffman about a woman who revisits the place where her recently deceased father taught her to fish as a child. She relives feelings of intense emotional pain, yet discovers that somehow icant love hangs on. Sun., Mar. 26, noon. [Also Mar. 17, 18 & 19, 8pm, at UNO Performing Arts Center, 504.280.7469]

Shim Sham Club, 615 Toulouse St., 504.524.0050; 504.581.1144;
Starring Francine Segal and Randy Cheramie and produced and directed by Perry Martin in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/N.O. Literary Fest, this short play by Williams illustrates the author's unique ability to illuminate the pathos and terrible loneliness, which can underlie the human Fri., Mar. 24, 3pm & Sun., Mar. 26, 3pm.

Southern Repertory Theatre, 3rd Level, One Canal Place, 504.861.8163. Artistic Director Rosary O'Neill presents her adaptation of Chekov's Uncle Vanya set on a Louisiana plantation in 1899 and directed by Erika Szanto with Barret O'Brien, Ron Gural, Abby Lake, Maria Mason, Kimberly Patterson, Raymond Vrazel, Jr., & Deborah Lee Smith. Jason Foreman is the set designer; Robert Self, lighting designer; and Deb Drez, costume designer. Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun. 2pm, through Apr. 2.

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 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.

Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place, 504.523.6530;
Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring Marquez's Danzon No. 2, Liebermann's Piccolo Concerto (with Patti Adams on piccolo), Piazzolla's Tangazo, V. Williams' Tuba Concerto (with Robert Nunez on tuba) and Turina's Danzas Fantasticas. Thurs., Mar. 30, 7:30pm; Sat., Apr. 1, 8pm.

Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 504.581.5812.
Local showman mikko presents a reprise of his nationally-acclaimed show entitled heaven and hell. Fri., Mar. 17, 24 &31, 11pm.

Carlone's Dinner Theatre, 100 N. Labarre Rd. at Causeway, 504.838.9906.
Chaise Waites directs Dan Goggin's cute musical bon-bon about a bevy of erreverent nuns, the Little Sisters of Hoboken, trying to raise money to bury the remaining 4 of the 52 nuns who have died of botulism contracted by eating vichysoise. Pauline Prelutsky, Jan Zeiger, Marlene Thiam, Tara Brewer, Michelle Marcotte and Amy Lirette are the nuns and Karl Harrod is musical director. Fri. & Sat., 6:30pm buffet, show at 8:15; Sun., buffet at noon, show at 2pm, through Apr. 2.

Marquette Theatre, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 504.865.3624.
Ricky Graham directs Shakespeare's bittersweet tale of a family divided, then re-united by love. Along the way, the characters encounter a helpful fairy, a monster, a tropical storm and plenty of romance and intrigue. Tiffany Terrell is Prospero; James Asmus, Ferdinand; Chrissy Garrett, Miranda; Shaun Garrett, Caliban; Ashlee Searles, Ariel; Guy Schaats, Alonso; Scott Edwards, Trinculo; and Rick Malphrus, Stepahno. Mar. 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 8pm; Mar. 19 & 26, 2pm.

True Brew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.524.8440.
A new musical entertainment written by Ricky Graham and David Cuthbert, with music for its dozen songs by Dane Evans, Harry Mayronne, Jr. and Fred Palmisano and starring Becky Allen, Ricky Graham, Tracey Collins and Sean Patterson, takes a satirical look both backward and forward at New Orleans in the dawn of the new millennium with new comedy sketches and original songs. Presented by The Producers Circle (...And the Ball and All, Toot Sweet, Daryl's Perils), the show boasts a set designed by Ron Williams, costumes and wigs by Roy Haylock, choreography by Heidi Junius and lighting design by Todd Proffitt. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 6pm & 9pm; Sun., 2pm.

Scheuering Room, Municipal Auditorium, Louis Armstrong Park, 504.522.5555; Saenger Box Office: 504.524.2490; in Baton Rouge, 225.761.8400.
Currently the second longest-running show in Off-Broadway history (second to The Fantastiks), spanning over a decade, this is an interactive satire of an Italian-American wedding, including both the wedding ceremony and reception at which the "guests" join the happy couple and their families in the traditional champagne toast, dine from the Italian buffet, dance to the live sounds of "Danny Dulce and Fusion," feast on wedding cake and "enjoy" the spontaniety of improvised madness. Tues. - Sat., 8pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm, through Apr. 16.

Lupin Theatre, Newcomb Campus, 504.865.5106.
The Tulane University Dept. of Theatre & Dance presents Alfred Jarry's outlandish parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth boasting a conglomerate of over 40 artists: actors, filmmakers, puppet makers, technicians, visual artists, designers and musicians. Translated by Cyril Connolly and Simon Watson Taylor and directed by 3rd year MFA candidate in directing Brooke O'Harra, the cast of twelve includes Maggie Marioles, Ryan Rivet, Sharon Kom & Brandon Voss. Mar. 21-25, 8pm; Mar. 25 & 26, 2pm.


True Brew Cafe, 200 Julia St., 504.524.8440 or 504.524.8441.
Uncle Wayne Daigrepont and Anne Decareaux reprise their zany but heartfelt cabaret act with its unique NuAwlins accent of 3 years ago at the cozy coffee shop cabaret on Julia St. Apr. 2, 9 & 16, 7pm.

Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Louis Armstrong Park, 504. 522.0996 or 504.522.1314.
The New Orleans Ballet Association presents Montreal's Le Grands Ballets Canadiens with a company of forty classically trained dancers in a concert made up of works that derive their inspiration from the grand tradition of classical ballet, including Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane, Kurt Jooss' The Green Table, Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden and George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie. Sat., Apr.1, 8pm.

Lupin Theatre, Newcomb Campus, 504.865.5106.
The Tulane University Dept. of Theatre & Dance completes its 99-00 season with David Mamet's very first critically acclaimed comedy of manners "like a sleazy sonata of seduction." Carl Walker directs Michael Higgins, Heather Hollingsworth, Abby Mueller & Joe Tremblay. Apr. 11-16, 8pm; Apr. 15 & 16, 2pm.

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