SHOWS BY CATEGORY:
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The AllWays Lounge, 2240 St Claude
Harlequeen Nights, starring Vinsantos
The Macabre Snob and self-professed Harlequeen, Vinsantos, looks back at 20-plus years on the stage, in a series of one-acts told through music, drag and storytelling. BYOBB: Bring Your Own Body Bag.
FRI APR 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 9PM
EROTIC /va.ri.e.ty/CABARET, featuring Diana Shortes, Jennifer Pagan, Anais St John, Rebecca Rae, Claudia Baumgarten, Donald Lewis, Blu Reine, and introducing Betty Cropper and The Dromicidal Maniacs.
An audience-participation hosted by The Baroness and DJ Fayard, extolling their love for Li’l Wayne, Li’l Kim, Ghetto Twins, and all things Mystikal.
FRI APR 15 MIDNIGHT (one show only)
Art Klub, 1941 Arts St
Divulgence, from Possible Side Effects and Drowning in Blue
Mykah Fontenot & Jamie Neumann share confidences in this intimate series of dance theatre vignettes.
FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT APR 16 5PM & 9PM
Ruby’s Big Birthday, by the Reese Johanson Collective
Drinking, cake, party games, fun for all. Then the best day of Ruby’s life unfurls in a wild mid-life crisis, told through dance, performance & party favors. With Deborah Evans on piano.
FRI APR 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 11PM, SUN APR 17 9PM
Mi Casa Es Su Casa, by Chicanas Cholas y Chisme [Los Angeles]
Eight original short plays from the CCyC’s annual new-works festival, performed with the intent of bringing healing to our shared but private dramas.
FRI APR 15 11PM, SAT APR 16 7PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
Playhouse NOLA, 3214 Burgundy
Be in Touch, from Lofty Productions
Planet New Orleans is in peril. Addie is hardly prepared to confront the strange new species inhabiting her world. Was she gone too long? Does she stand a chance of rescuing some semblance of normalcy. A new play by Mary Jacobs, whose ‘Cicada’ the Defender called its Favorite New Work of 2014. Explore our satirical future through the eager eyes of Addie and her companion animal, Piroque the Penguin.
THU APR 14 7PM, SAT APR 16 11PM, SUN APR 17 5PM
The Betty Mae Loves Dick Show, from Dream, Pierre!
Septuagenarian Betty Mae leads The Way the Hell Off Broadway Players through a fast-paced evening of satiric, slightly vulgar sketch comedy.
Written and directed by T.J. Buckner and Donnie Pierre and Featuring actors, Anita Mayeaux, Robert Mello, Jeremy Bergeron, Raykim Goslar, Phillip Domenic Guy, Fran Febres, Denise Lamburt Tabatha Voisin, Pablo Cardone and yes, Donnie Pierre and T.J. Buckner
THU APR 14 9PM, FRI APR 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 7PM
Insomnia Café, from See ‘Em On Stage Productions
Crazed fans go to extremes to recreate the iconic apartment of their favorite sitcom, which ended over a decade ago. Will kidnapping a Chandler look-alike be enough to live out their fantasy and sustain a Friends-ship? Can laughter drown out fear? A classic case of sitcomphilia audiences will find violently funny. Written by Breanna Bietz, directed by Christopher Bentivegna; featuring Bob Murrell, Kali Russell, Jake Wynne-Wilson.
FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT APR 16 9PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
Our Modern World, by Annie Barry
A staged reading of a new play for children. Obsessed with famous brands, likes on the internet, and terrible role models – like the vapid, self absorbed actress Clara Clayton – Vaye, Georgie, Mixie, and Trixie struggle to get the attention of the most beautiful boy in their class. Little do they realize their world is filling up with litter. It’s not until a storm floods the town with garbage that Vaye starts to see the ramifications of Our Modern World.
SAT APR 16 5PM, SUN APR 17 3PM
Live Girls Comedy Hour, from Live Girls!
From NOLA and beyond, Live Girls! is an energetic and dramatic comedy group formed by four women of The New Movement. These ladies have packed houses to bring you those deep laughs and happy tears with their vibrant characters and chutzpah. They will bring some of their favorite funny ladies from across the city. Come giggle with them.
FRI APR 15 11PM, SUN APR 17 9PM
Café Istanbul, 2372 St Claude
Devil is at the Door, from Tsarina Hellfire and Dark Fantasy
A slow extra-sensual dismantle of Fantasy, into a rigid nightmare. Songs and a story about the dark side of the Muses and their inspiration. With Tsarina Hellfire, Elijah Valentine, and Stanley Roy a/k/a Fantasy.
THU APR 14 7PM (one show only)
Game of (Micro)Phones: Songs of the Last Season, from Samantha Hubbs
A whirlwind karaoke parody tour through the last season of Game of Thrones. Explore Westeros as never before! Samantha Hubbs welcomes Joshua Benitez, Cherry Bombshell, Mark Bryan, Blake Buchert, Chris Fontana, Miles David Handler, Michael Kunz, Katherine Taylor, Chris Teachworth, Jeff Teachworth and Xena Zeit-Geist.
SUN APR 17 9PM (one show only)
Happyland Theater, 3126 Burgundy
Frank, from Starlite Starbrite
Love can be exhausting in the 21st Century, especially when one of you is a disaffected pregnant goth femme fatale and the other of you is a stitched-together green man-beast with protruding electrodes. Live music too. Written & directed by Ace Denison.
FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT ARP 16 9PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
A Moosterious Eggscapade
The high-flying kids show is a farm-fresh mystery presented through dance, music, acrobats, aerial arts, and beaucoup fun. Featuring The Cornstalkers, Luke, Narty, Frenchie, Bobcat, Santangelo, goats from Y’herd Me, and special guests The Chuckleheads.
SAT APR 16 1PM & 3PM, SUN APR 17 1PM & 3PM
Are We Done Yet? by Mad HaPPy [Pensacola]
Rivka Kilmer and Mike iLL Kilmer bring you Faitheism like you’ve never known it before. Experience a real live Temple of Wow ritual, incorporating ancient and modern philosophy, sexuality, chanting, magical tinctures and, of course, accordion.
THU APR 14 9PM, FRI APR 15 9PM
United Bakery Gallery, 1337 St Bernard
Out, written & directed by Logan Faust
Two men enter from opposite directions, meeting at two identical doors. They have both been told “rules” for entering the door: one person to a door; one leads somewhere “very, very good,” the other somewhere “very, very bad.” The men wrestle with their limited decisions: Who will enter which door; how do they choose? Written & directed by Logan Faust, featuring Levi Hood and Kyle Woods.
THU APR 14 7PM, SAT APR 16 5PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
The Last Orders, directed by Nicole Himel
Dale Buckley’s comedy about faith in the realms of culture and consumerism, featuring Jesus, Little Red Riding Hood, the Easter Bunny, a Ninja, the Narrator and, offstage yet all around us, God. The audience may participate.
THU APR 14 9PM, FRI APR 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 7PM
Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead, from NonProphet Theater-South
“It’s 2016, y’all. TOO much information, TOO much distraction, TOO much noise…all the time. The ten men in these scathing monologues by renowned actor/playwright Eric Bogosian want to pound themselves THROUGH that…to get to one clear thought. Except those ten men are all ONE man. Me. Robert A. Mitchell. Shit.”
FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT APR 16 9PM, SUN APR 17 9PM
Paradise NOLA, 2360 St Claude
Detours, written & directed by Jessica Bordelon
James and Janelle just want to get each other’s attention. Instead of the direct approach, they take a roller coaster ride, learning that detours lead to all kinds of chaos. Bordelon’s new romantic comedy with live music features Kaillyn Davillier, Frankie Isom, Joe Fredo, Kelishia King, Nicole Oria, Marcus Page, Valentine Pierce, Nikki Bird, and Tracy Norwood.
THU APR 14 7PM, FRI APR 15 11PM, SAT APR 16 9PM
Sheena: An American Tragedy, written & directed by Mariana Santiago and Peter Canavello
This neo-feminist horror of a rock opera tells the story of Sheena, a misandrist serial killer. When she finds out her little sister is straight, she embarks on a mission to make her own Frankenstein monster: a perfect, safe man for her sister. When others get caught up in the madness, hilarity and murder ensue.
THU APR 14 9PM, SAT APR 16 11PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
@jerseyarnie42, starring Joseph Furnari
Arnie DiCicco walked out of his life, defiantly withdrawing to the solitude of his living room. Obsesssive and frightened of total isolation, he zealously blogs, texts, and tweets, raving about the infuriating world that lurks. But with a storm fast approaching and Arnie about to be disconnected, he has to make peace with his isolation or rejoin the human race. Written by Furnari, directed by Garrett Prejean.
FRI APR 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 7PM, SUN APR 17 5PM
Gumbo Monster Presents: The Reunion, featuring the Gumbo Monsters
A stage prequel about a group of friends since high school, and the things they try to forget. A new one-act by Lawrence Weber.
FRI APR 15 11PM, SAT APR 16 5PM
Fortress of Lushington, 2215 Burgundy
As soon as the lights dim, a spectral crowd cheers, and a young man draped in a blanket of mirrors submerges us into his own mind, where cardboard people hobble across a stage littered with childhood memories, and personified letters offer observations on how someone who does not understand metaphor can lead a happy and fulfilling life.
THU APR 14 7PM, FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT APR 16 5PM, SUN APR 17 5PM
Ancient Jake, written & directed by Mason Joiner
James Patrick performs Joiner’s new monologue, about 220-year-old Jake Bullock, telling the story of his life. What is the value of anonymity? How much does time change us, if at all?
THU APR 14 8PM, FRI APR 15 8PM, SAT APR 16 8PM [note 8pm curtain times]
Week, from Blunt Objects Theatre, By Barry Eitel
The audience favorite at Blunt Objects Theatre’s 2014 Bacchanalia, Barry Eitel’s play Week is an apocalyptic comedy about a twenty-something guy just trying to get his life together. Just as the world is ending, maybe he can even find love.
Featuring Bohrs Hoff as Guy
Tom Foran as Jack
Kendra Unique Wills as Nicole
Directed by Bohrs Hoff
FRI APR 15 11PM, SAT APR 16 11PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
Splash Sponge Dark and Hidden Away, written by Timothy Adams, directed by Christopher Givens
Numbers 1, 2, and 3 come alive, suddenly and all at once, in bathtubs, with and without water, then feel underneath to find out what might be here or above. Featuring Adams, Givens, and Justin Rolling.
SAT APR 16 7PM, SUN APR 17 9PM
Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave
Getting Off with the Races, from The Bluestockings
Picolla Tushy presents a competitive burlesque loosely based on preparations for the Kentucky Derby. The contestants vying in team events, relays, and individual performances for the Triple Garter include race organizer Honey Tangerine, announcer Felicia Faraday, Perse Fanny, Chatty the Mime, Mintz Meat, and panty jockey Dolly Debauche. Wear your Sunday best and your biggest hats!
SAT APR 16 9PM (one show only)
Who Is Young Funny? from The AA Meeting
Join the cast of characters…and characters they are…as the layers come off, to see what makes these bright young comics tick. An AA meeting sets the stage for serious laughs and exploration of the “method to their madness”.
Jon Reaux, Kyle Smith, Geneva Joy, DC PauL, Kamari Stevens, Byron Broussard, Laycee-Joyce Taylor, Parker Barnes, Johnnie Lipscomb, and Billy Healy.
SUN APR 17 7PM (one show only)
The Garret, at the Hatchery, 4210 St Claude (France Ave entrance, upstairs)
Wit and Wrath: The Life & Times of Dorothy Parker, starring Claudia Baumgarten
“I lost my virginity for fear of seeming rude.” The famously acerbic writer and social critic’s tumultuous personal life is explored, by way of her reflections of Hollywood, politics, men, and American society, from the Jazz Age into the ’50s. Baumgarten makes a delightful case that the formidable but deeply empathetic Parker was a trailblazer.
THU APR 14 7PM, SAT APR 16 5PM, SUN APR 17 7PM
Shoebox Lounge, starring Jennifer Pagan
Pagan’s acclaimed tour de force, a wild ride of booze, pumps, and heartbreak. “A gifted monologist crafting her stories with a naturally flowing, but inherently poetic language…a sharp sense of humor, intelligent insight, and sympathetic heart.” [Times-Pic]
THU APR 14 9PM, FRI ARP 15 9PM, SAT APR 16 7PM
White Sauce and Diaper Babies, starring Diana E.H. Shortes
This intellectual but sultry dark comedy employs movement, verbatim text, and ambient sound to explore the emotional and psychological complexities of the great poet Anne Sexton. Shortes chronicles her life and work, to epxlore the minefield of middle class America in the mid-20th century, with “a woman…a typewriter…a big knife…and a HUGE jar of peanut butter.”
FRI APR 15 7PM, SAT APR 16 9PM, SUN APR 17 5PM
Moon Cove, starring Amy Woodruff
“There are ambitious artists and there is Amy Woodruff.” A revised and expanded fictional ghost story about Woodruff’s non-fictional Acadian ancestors, set on the Cajun prairie. Solo performance, multimedia, and handmade objects and garments are used to weave a “hushed, haunting tale…[that] alters your mood for the rest of the evening.”
FRI APR 15 11PM, SAT APR 16 11PM, SUN APR 17 9PM