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Scrooge In Rouge

Still trying to get into the Christmas Spirit? How about a silly send up of A Christmas Carol set in a Victorian music hall.

Tonight Le Chat Noir continues its run of Scrooge in Rouge. Starring Ricky Graham, Yvette Hargis, and Varla Jean Merman.

Here’s a little clip:

8pm. $32 (include $5 drink credit).


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If you were a nerdy adolescent like I was, you are already quite familiar with Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You may even have painfully dorky memories of reenacting the “Knights Who Say Ni” scene with your even nerdier guy friends during breaks in drama class.


Well, if you are a little cooler than I, here is the press release for Spamalot, which runs Tuesday-Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre.

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Based on the Tony Award-winning direction of Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot.

Tickets $25 and up. Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm.

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Fringe, Day a Million

Alright, it’s the last day of my Fringe picks.

5pm: Lead Paint Libretto (I saw a bit of this at the free tent and it’s really cute)

7pm: Something’s Gone Wrong in the Dream House

9pm: Mind Control: A Psychotic Self-Help Seminar at the Marigny Theatre

11pm: Tale of Mephisto

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More Fringe…

So, a lot of people I know, out of hand, dismiss the concept of experimental theater. And, it is true that you have to wade though a lot of proverbial poo to find the gems. I find this to be true in all art forms. But, if you are willing to take a chance, occasionally you find something truly extraordinary, and that makes it all worth it. Last night, I got to see Home Made by the Portland, Oregon-based tEEth, at the spectacular church on St. Ferdinand.

Go. Seriously.

So now, with my faith restored in experimental performance, here are my picks for today:

1pm and 3pm: Clamlump and Hunter’s Blind at The Mudlark

5pm: All Aboard

7pm: Port/Architect

9pm: The Truck Project

11pm: Burying Barbie

So sayeth me.


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Fringe–Day 3

Last night I was dragging my good sport of a husband–who was exhausted from consecutive graveyard shifts–around the neighborhood to see Fringe shows. We went to Architects Alley in pursuit of seeing one show, but accidentally ended up at another show in what felt akin to an alien abduction. Somehow we ended up at Port/Architect by the local Skinhorse Theater company. We debated the show for the rest of the night, which is what art is supposed to make you do, right?
But now I think I’m in need of some laughs with The Liar Show at 7pm, and then back to some more heavy stuff at 9pm with Home Madewhich looks truly lovely, and then, depending on my mood, at 11pm: either more heavy, movement-based stuff with lie, lay, laid or a funny solo show with 52 Man Pick-Up.

BTW: The husband says I have to go with him to an Ultimate Fighting match next week as payback for all this.

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Fringe Festival–Day 2

Wow, I had some fun last night at the Fringe Festival. I went and bought passes at the Fringe Box Office and then sipped a free NOLA Brown Ale, as I sat in the Fringe tent and watched about an hour of excerpts from upcoming Fringe shows. Later I saw Du Fu, Mississippi, which was simply fantastic, as has been the case for everything I’ve seen by the ArtSpot Productions folks. There are previews again this evening, from 5-7.

So here’s the show schedule.

My picks for this evening are…

7pm: Bombs, Babes and Bingo from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Playing at Den of Muses.

9pm: Vespers from Portland, Maine. Playing at Party World.

and at 11pm the BYOV show: Snow and Flames (Mother/Daughter puppet theater) at Michalopoulos Studio.

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New Orleans Fringe Festival

I am so excited about Fringe Festival! It’s a little known fact that Good Liver, here, loves theater, did a turn in an experimental theater group back in the day, and pens plays these days. TMI?

Anywho, last year’s Fringe was such a wonderful time, and this year looks like it’s gonna blow last year away. Over the next 5 days, there are about 30 “Fringe managed” shows at venues pretty much all in the Marigny and Bywater. There are also about 30 more at BYOV’s (Bring Your Own Venue) throughout the city.

The deal is you buy a Fringe button for $3, and then tickets are $8/show. Or you can buy bundles of 5 passes for $30. And you can do all of this on-line through today only! And pre-sales get priority seating. So, I’ll be doing that.

Also, today and tomorrow they are offering free Fringe Peep Shows:

“Can’t decide what to see? Come to our free Fringe Peep Shows, Wednesday November 17 and Thursday November 18 from 5-7 pm to see previews of many of the shows at the Fringe. Free NOLA Brew and Old New Orleans Rum! (wow) At the Free-For-All Tent.”

So, the problem is what to choose! Tonight’s show times are 7 and 9. And there are BYOV shows at 7, 9 and 11. Here’s the schedule.

Todays picks are *drumroll*…. 7pm:  Du Fu, Mississippi. 9pm: The Trail of Tears–I mean Butoh from Birmingham, Alabama about the Native American experience? And at 11pm, round out the night with a little comedy with: Assh*les on the Brink of Limited Epiphanies.


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