When Algiers calls, Tyrone Casby answers.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Until recently, a 6-foot-tall depiction of Louis Armstrong’s mother dominated a wall at gallery owner Arthur Roger’s sumptuous French Quarter abode.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
New Orleans is a hotbed of musical and culinary talent. But it’s also an incubator for more esoteric skills, sword swallowing, contortion, striptease and fire spinning among them.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Theater royalty, with all their inflated self-importance, gushing insincerity and drama-queen vanity, are ripe for lampooning, and that’s what they get in Terrence McNally’s consistently amusing, intermittently uproarious farce “It’s Only a Play,”…
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Le Petit Théâtre closes its centennial season in collaboration with the NOLA Project, presenting “It’s Only a Play,” Terrence McNallay’s fast, posh, and deliciously malicious behind-the-scenes comedy about an elite group of theater insiders sweati…
Monday, June 05, 2017
Many writers investigate the price of freedom as they examine the African-American experience. Suzan-Lori Parks, in her magnificent drama “Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1,2 & 3,” explores a different question: What is the value of freedom?
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Everyone knows William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” but chances are you have not seen anything like the enormously inventive production now playing at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
All five artists in “Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico” at the Newcomb Art Museum use the traditional medium referenced in the title as a starting point for work that transforms it — through “pulling, rubbing, folding, slashing,…
After a 14-year run on Broadway, the hit show “Mamma Mia!” closed in 2015 as one of the longest running Broadway shows of all time.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In a deeply moving story inspired by “The Odyssey,” noted playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Top Dog/Underdog”) turns her masterful attention to the Civil War and the character of Hero who is promised his freedom from slavery in exchange for his servic…
Saturday, May 27, 2017
While some of his teammates concentrated on the NFL draft, Brandon Surtain devoted his time to his memories of New Orleans' 9th Ward.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
In an effort to bring Shakespeare's work to audiences who may seldom experience it, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, collaborating with the Cripple Creek Theatre, for the past month has been presenting a 90-minute, ensemble-driven production …
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Bayou Country Superfest has a big-time New Orleans venue this year in the Superdome. To warm up, BCS presents three free shows Friday night in Champions Square: 7 p.m. Dylan Scott; 8:10 p.m. Eric Paslay; and 9:30 p.m. Easton Corbin. bayoucountrysu…
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
When Pepe Romero was born in 1944, his home nation of Spain was reeling from the aftermath of a bloody civil war and the even more devastating conflagration raging in the rest of Europe.
Everyone knows the postcard-perfect view of New Orleans: a streetcar making its way down the oak-canopied length of St. Charles Avenue at twilight, the steady splash of a paddleboat along the Mississippi River, a piping hot bowl of gumbo.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Despite its name, “The Birds,” by Irish dramatist Conor McPherson, is not a retelling of Hitchcock’s classic horror flick. The play, which premiered in Dublin in 2009, is more akin to a sequel, picking up the action where Hitchcock left off.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
“The Birds,” a psychological thriller by Irish dramatist Conor McPherson, darkens the doors of the Theatre at St. Claude beginning Friday through May 27.
NOLA Project returns to the New Orleans Museum of Art's Besthoff Sculpture Garden this week with “The Spider Queen” (Through May 28), a new work written by NOLA Project company members James Bartelle and Alex Martinez Wallace.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Director Gary Rucker’s brightly spirited production of “Bye Bye Birdie” delivers what Rivertown does best — entertain with spirited singers, sprightly choreography and actors that twinkle while striking the perfect balance between satire and sincerity.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
There is bound to be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in “Bye Bye Birdie,” recipient of four 1961 Tony Awards including Best Musical and widely considered the first rock ’n’ roll Broadway musical.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
A bit of pixie dust will be headed to the Saenger Theatre Tuesday when the national touring company of "Finding Neverland The Musical" finds a place to land on Canal Street
“Ain’t Misbehavin’,” on stage Friday to June 25 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, pays tribute to legendary jazz musician Fats Waller.
The wonderful, wizarding ways of J.K. Rowling's favorite young magician will cast a spell over the audience when the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joins the fun for two performances of the movie that started it all.
With Jammin’ on Julia falling on the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, music fans who also want to keep up with the contemporary visual arts scene may have to make some tough choices.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As a Lafayette teenager in the early 1970s, visual artist Francis X. Pavy fell under the spell of pioneering New Orleans funk band the Meters. While still in high school, he saw multiple performances, and Meters records were around the house.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
2017 marks Molly McGuire’s fifth year doing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A bass guitarist, she has recorded with Frank Black, opened for The Eagles of Death Metal and performed with Queens of the Stone Age. But the multi-instrumenta…
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ten years ago, sculptor Takashi Horisaki peeled off the 10 layers of latex rubber and cheesecloth he’d painted onto a partially collapsed shotgun house on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. To create them had taken two months of work, 200 gallon…
Friday, April 21, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
When Andrew Brader auditioned for Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York three years ago, the company’s co-founder, Dwight Rhoden, was impressed.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Jim Gaffigan has rescheduled his Saturday performance due to a family emergency, according to a tweet by the comedian. He'll be in New Orleans in November instead.
Monday, April 17, 2017
When “Jim Steg: New Work” opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art a few weeks ago, viewers were treated to the odd sight of an inflatable camouflaged tank in the austere setting of the museum’s neoclassical Great Hall.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Profanity has never been rendered with such hilarity as in Robert Askins’ pitch-black comedy “Hand to God,” receiving a deft production by the Storyville Collective at the Theatre at St. Claude and smartly directed by Michael McKelvey.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Early discussions about staging a “nautical visual presentation” of composer Yotam Haber’s “New Water Music” imagined a procession of canoes on Bayou St. John.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
A lot of art these days is full of big words and big concepts, much of it strident in tone as it attempts to deal with big issues of race, class, power, and politics.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
“Hand to God,” Robert Askins’ wildly popular black comedy about a demonically possessed hand puppet that terrorizes a Christian puppet ministry, is receiving its local premiere by the Storyville Collective.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
“I think you discover things by writing,” said Neil Simon in an interview with Michiko Kakutani for The New York Times, regarding his semi-autobiographical trilogy that began with “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and ended with “Broadway Bound."