New Orleans stages, both indoors and outdoors, will see a banquet of openings in the coming days, ranging from Shakespeare to modern tales, timeless classics and new productions.
In the next nine days, the curtain will rise on 10 productions.
In “Choir Boy”, young black people at the prestigious Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys are transformed into strong, ethical adults. But can Pharus, a young gay man getting to know himself and his place in the world, lead the school’s famous gospel choir?
That’s the premise of Oscar-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney’s musical, which opens July 16 at the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans.
Directed by Nicholas Ashe, with musical direction by Clif St. Laurent, the cast includes Averis Anderson as Pharus, LeBaron Thorton, Jeffrey Lackey, Rosha Washington, Joshua Griffin, Vincent Banks and Nicholas Walker.
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $15. For information and tickets, visit lepetittheatre.com.
The Fat Squirrel theater company debuts a program of five short plays under the “Bestival” banner with the theme “re-examining the familiar”.
Written by local wordsmiths Lucy Faust, Stephanie Garrison, and Bradley Warshauer, passages include “In the Biblical Sense” and “The Ties that Bind,” focusing on biblical characters. Some of Shakespeare’s infamous women immerse themselves in group therapy in “The Bechdel Conundrum.” Tennessee Williams and her sister are the subject of “Solitary” and “How to Deal With Your Chronic Homesickness” is an exercise in that direction.
The show opens Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. through June 23 at Bryant Park, 1131 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Tickets are $20. Visit fatsquirrelnola.square.site.
“We are your ‘mean girls’…”
At Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, Paulina rules the roost and has her eyes set on a pageant crown…until Ericka returns, turning her world upside down.
This is the premise of the comedy “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play” by Jocelyn Bioh. Tenaj Jackson directs the show. Cast includes Rebeckah Gordon-Kirk, Delphine J., Aria Jackson, Whitney Mixon, J’aiLa Price, Payj Ruffins and Elexis Selmon.
The show begins July 16 and runs from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through July 1 at the Marquette Theater at Loyola University’s Marquette Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New -Orleans. Tickets start at $23. Visit nolaproject.com.
Everything is Greek in the 9th district
“Electra,” the ancient Greek story of murder, deceit, and revenge, is performed in the 21st century in Sam Mayer’s “The Cuck,” which opens in an outdoor venue in the 9th arrondissement of the Intra- walls.
Directed by Bennette Kirschner, the modern narrative is based on the story of a brother and a sister who want to avenge the death of their father. The roles will be Paul Braud, Joshua James, Mary Langley, Venita “Vinnie” Matthews and Alexandria Miles.
The show opens at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through June 20 and June 24-26 at The Treehouse, 2563 Feliciana St., New Orleans. Tickets start at $20. Visit intramuraltheater.org.
A duo of ‘Mermaid’ shows
Two local companies stage “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on both sides of the lake, offering multiple chances to see Disney’s story about Ariel and her attempts to become human.
Cutting Edge Theater continues its successful run from the show at 2 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday at 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Tickets start at $22. cuttingedgetheatre.com.
On the South Shore, Wing and Pray Productions is hosting the Aquatic Musical at 7:30 p.m. June 16-18 and June 22-25 and 2 p.m. June 19 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 5875 Canal Blvd. , in New Orleans. The show is free but donations are accepted. Places are limited and the line is formed outside.
The frosty-haired singers of yesteryear come to life at the National WWII Museum in “We’ll Meet Again: A Tribute to the Blonde Bombshells of World War II.”
Hosted by Victory Belle Hannah Rachal, singers such as Betty Hutton, Doris Day, Dinah Shore and more embark on a “sentimental journey” through the songs that helped bolster the war effort.
The show opens June 17 and runs at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 26 at the museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Tickets start at $42. nationalww2museum.org.
Opening this week
“AS YOU LIKE IT”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday and June 25; Lupine Theatre, Dixon Hall Annex of Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Opening production for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, the comedy looks at a pair of cousins fleeing ducal persecution from an uncle who has taken power from his brother. The duo head to the Forest of Arden, where they encounter the exiled Duke and his followers. Tickets start at $25. neworleanshakespeare.org.
“BLOODBORNE: THE RED DEATH, AN UNMASKING”: 8 p.m. Thursday to Monday; Mudlark Public Theater, 1200 Port St., New Orleans. Mudlark Puppeteers’ uses puppets and music to take a look at Edgar Allen Poe in this “post-mortem” of the writer’s “Mask of the Red Death”, through the eyes of servants. Tickets start at $15. bloodbornethereddeath.eventbrite.com.
“MATILDA”: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2:30 p.m. from Sunday to July 3; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 rue Lafayette, Mandeville. A young girl shows courage and intelligence with additional psychokinetic powers. Tickets start at $22. 30byninety.com.
“WAITRESS”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Sunday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Jenna, a waitress with a penchant for baking wonderful pies, hopes to escape small-town life and a rocky marriage. Tickets start at $30. saengernola.com.
“THE KITCHEN WITCHES”: 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Playmakers Theatre, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. The comedy features a duo of “mature” chefs on a cable access show who have hated each other for decades. Tickets start at $20. playmakers-theatre-05.webself.net.