NEW I­BE­RI­A — The I­be­ri­a Per­form­ing Arts League will open the a­ward-win­ning musi­cal, "The Best Little Whore­house in Texas," on March 2 in the his­tor­ic Essanee The­atre, 126 I­be­ri­a St.

The musi­cal is based on the legen­dary “Chicken Ranch,” sup­pos­ed­ly one of the old­est con­tin­u­ous­ly run­ning bro­thels in Texas.

Meet Miss Mona and wit­ness her fight with a Watch­dog re­port­er to keep her im­port­ant cor­ner of the com­muni­ty open all hours “ser­vic­ing” poli­ti­cians, foot­ball teams and ev­er­y­day far­mers. 

Per­form­an­ces are Thurs­days through Sun­days through March 18. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sun­day mat­i­nees at 3 p.m. Re­served seat­ing tick­ets are $20 and may be pur­chased at Delaune’s Pharmacy, Paul’s Flow­er Shop and the Daily I­be­ri­an of­fice, through, by call­ing (337) 364-6114 and leav­ing a mes­sage, or at the door.