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CAC, 900 Camp St., 504.523.1216 or 504.522.5252.

The CAC and Bright Star Productions present Lee Blessing's play about two nuclear arms negotiators, directed by Perry Martin and starring Randy Cheramie and Scott Jefferson. Thur.-Sat., 7:30 pm, Sun, 3 pm, thru Mar. 23.


True Brew Theatre, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.

Now in its second year, this comic masterpiece, written and directed by Ricky Graham, concerns the problems of the members of the fictitious all-female Krewe of Terpsichore, when the treasurer absconds with the ball money. The cast includes local favorites, led by the indomitable Becky Allen as the dominating ball captain, with costumes and wigs by Roy Haylock. Produced by Trish Denmark and Fred Nuccio, it will have an open-ended run. Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 6 & 9 pm; Sun., 3 & 7 pm.


True Brew Cabaret, 200 Julia St., 504.522.2907.

The fast-paced, New Orleans satirical revue starring and written by New Orleans' premiere musical comedy couple, Becky Allen and Ricky Graham. Fri., 10:30 pm.


Orpheum Theatre, 120 University Place, 504.523.6530.

Klauspeter Seibel conducts the orchestra in the world premiere of Dankner's Hurricane; also, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, with guest cellist Maria Kliegel, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 1. Thurs., Mar. 20, 7:30 pm & Sat., Mar. 22, 8 pm.


Theatre Marigny, 616 Frenchmen St., 504.944.2653.

Tandra Dykes directs two one act plays by Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek. Out at Sea concerns three men lost in a lifeboat deciding which one to eat, while Slapstick features two individuals terrorized and held captive by a giant imaginary hand. With Richard Scheidt, Michael Ernst, Malcolm Burn, Jeff Burnett, Linda Cherry, Stephanie McDaniel & Sherice Hill, the production plays Mon.-Wed., 8 pm, thru Apr. 2.


Theatre Marigny, 616 Frenchmen St., 504.944.2653.

William Heard directs and stars in, with Linda Westbrook, Tennessee Williams' two character play which he never stopped working on. Thurs.-Sat., 8:30 pm, thru Mar. 29.


Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre's Teddy's Corner For Children, 616 St. Peter St., 504.522.2081.

Artistic Director Edward R. Cox directs and designs John Simons' adaptation of Carlo Collodi's classic, a la Commedia Dell'Arte. With music by the late great Fred Palmisano directed by and reorchestrated by musical director Ryan Thomas, it features Carolyn Arthurs, Vatican Lokey, Barry Marino, Griff Midkiff, Adriano Mulino, Robin Noel, Michael Sullivan with Damian Midkiff as Pinocchio. Sat. & Sun., 1 & 3 pm, Mar. 29-Apr. 13.


Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, 801 N. Rampart St., 504.522.0996.

The New Orleans Ballet Association presents the Oakland Ballet's production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic created by Artistic Director Ronn Guidi. Sat., March 22, 7:30 pm. mikko presents...SEX Positive Space, 2022 Magazine St., 504.588.1941. Mikko Macchione presents a "Sensuous Variety Show" with Coco Robichaux, Kathie Randells, Tova Lace Champagne, Weezie and Big Zo with original music by Mark Miller (Dead Eye Dick) and multimedia images by Nagwal Productions. Fri., Mar. 21, 8 pm & midnight; Sat., Mar. 22, 8 pm.


Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., & Maxwell's Toulouse Cabaret Theatre, 615 Toulouse, 504.581.1144;

Ten theatrical productions coordinated by Festival board member Elizabeth Barron include:

Three Mortal Ladies Possessed- An original one act play written and directed by Ricky Graham and starring Michael Bennett, Yvette Hargis & Rene Piazza, who portray Williams, Capote & Eudora Welty relating short stories they have written. Fri., Mar. 21, 8 pm, Sun., Mar. 23, 3:30 pm, Le Petit Theatre.

The Two Character Play- Rewritten into Broadway's Outcry and again rewritten into The Two Character Play and one of Williams' favorites, is produced by The Deep Ellum Ensemble of Dallas & New York and directed by Matthew Earnest. 6 pm, Maxwell's Toulouse Cabaret, Fri. & Sat., Mar. 21 & 22, 6 pm.

The Purification- Williams' only verse play is the trial of a man who hacked his wife to death with an ax because she refused to end a relationship with her brother, produced by The Deep Ellum Ensemble of Dallas and New York and directed by Matthew Earnest. Fri., Mar. 21, 4 pm; Sun. Mar. 23, 3:30 pm, Toulouse Cabaret.

Mr. Williams and Miss Wood- A one-act about the relationship between the playwright and his agent Audrey Wood written by Max Wilke. Sat., Mar. 22, 2 pm, Toulouse Cabaret.

Scenes from Tennessee- With excerpts from The Glass Menagerie, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Night of the Iguana, directed by Lori Bennett with actors from North Star Theatre. Fri., Mar.21, 10 am, Toulouse Cabaret.

Submerged- A play about six men trapped in a submarine, written by another famous New Orleanian, Clay Shaw & directed by John Grimsley. Fri., Mar. 21, 2 pm, Sat., Mar. 22, 3 pm, Le Petit Theatre.

Cast On A Hot Tin Roof- Improv by Chicago's Free Associates. Sat., Mar. 22, 4 pm; Sun., Mar. 23, 1 pm, Toulouse Cabaret.

As We Like It: Shakespeare In Your Face- The Free Associates again. Sat., Mar. 22, noon; Sun, Mar. 23, 11 am, Toulouse Cabaret Theatre.



Lupin Theatre, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 504.865.5106.

Buzz Podewell directs Christopher Hampton's play, adapted from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, about internecine shenanigans among 18th Century French nobility. Tues.-Sat., 8 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm, Apr. 8-13.


Orpheum Theatre, 120 University Place, 504.523.6530. Klauspeter Seibel conducts Brahms' Tragic Overture, Clara Schumann's Concerto for Piano & Orchestra and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish") with guest artist pianist Angela Cheng. Thurs., Apr. 3, 7:30 pm, Sat., April 5, 8 pm.


Orpheum Theatre, 120 University Place, 504.523.6530. Robert Spano conducts Stravinsky's Petroushka and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor (orchestrated by A. Schoenberg). Thurs., Apr. 10, 7:30 pm, Sat., Apr. 12, 8 pm.


Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Square, 504.522.5555; 800.488.5252.

The Broadway Series at the Saenger Theatre presents the Louisiana premiere of producer Cameron Mackintosh's London and New York blockbuster musical, with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics and book by Alain Boublil (creators of Les Miserables and Martin Guerre) and Richard Maltby, Jr., directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the Theatre of the Performing Arts, since the Saenger's stage facilities are not large enough to house, among other things, the show's famous helicopter. With musical staging by Bob Avian, Miss Saigon reunites members of the Les Miserables design team: John Napier on sets, David Hersey on lights and Andreane Neofitou and Suzy Benzinger on costumes. May 7 - 25.


Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Armstrong Square, 504.522.0996; 504.522.1314.

Moses Pendleton's lavishly praised company of dancer-illusionists ends the New Orleans Ballet Association's current season on a decidedly up note. Celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body, the company will perform Passion, Fri., Apr. 11, 7:30 pm and Baseball, Sat., Apr. 12, 7:30 pm.


Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Fourth & Minor Streets, Kenner, 504.468.7221.

Written by Ernest Thompson and directed by Joe Warfield, this is yet another study of a marriage. April 17-May 4.


CAC, 900 Camp St., 504.523.1216 or 504.522.5252.

The Contemporary Arts Center and Sandi Roads Production Co. Present William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy. Thur.-Sat., 8:30 pm, Sun., 2 pm, Apr. 4-27.


Oak Alley Plantation Outdoor Dinner Theatre, 3645 Louisiana Highway #18, Vacherie, LA, 504.265.2151; 1.800.442.5539.

A new comedy by John Doucet (which won the 1996 Louisiana Native Voices & Visions Playwriting award) and directed by Perry Martin, is a comic amalgam of ghosts and folk legends from Lousiana's river parishes, featuring the spectres of privateer Jean Lafitte & Gov. Michael Hahn. Sat. evenings from 6 pm, Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3; Sun. Mat. from 12 noon, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4.

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