Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fringe 2013 wrap-up

The cold (for New Orleans) weather made dashing from venue to venue a little less pleasant on Sunday, but there were still interesting things to see and friends to meet. HerSheMe This was a heavily choreographed performance piece, with three women moving through scenes that were mostly unspoken. The actions were at the intersection between […]

Day 4: Nightmares and squirrels

Saturday started back in the Marigny Opera House with the most intellectually challenging and avant-garde piece I’ve seen so far, and ended up at the Michalopoulos Studio at one of the Fringe after parties. Unfortunately, I had work to do Sunday morning, so my party-time was cut short. Since I don’t have class on Monday, […]

S is for sisters, one of whom died

Pardon my riff on the Gashlycrumb Tinies, but even though I’m merely halfway through my dance card at the Fringe, I’m ready to declare a winner. My first show of the evening was so delightful, I spent the rest of the evening smiling. Cabaret Macabre This show is for fans of Edward Gorey and anyone […]

Paper whores and werewolves

The NOLA Fringe is under way, and I’ve survived the first two days. Survival wouldn’t normally be an issue, but with some post-midnight conversations, after-theatre drinks, and a Fringe party, I haven’t seen my bedroom before 1:30am in three days.  But no matter, here’s a summary of the shows so far. For Kingdom and Fatherland […]

Non-traditional theatre: What works?

In the past few weeks, I’ve heard or read three different theatre works that strayed outside the boundaries of conventional, Aristotelian form. For me, two of them worked, and one did not, though I should state that in the case of the third piece, I have several friends who hold a contrary opinion to mine. […]

The Naturalistic Ghost Story

In 1880, Émile Zola wrote a book called Le Roman Expérimental (The Experimental Novel), in which he outlined the concept known as naturalism. He subsequently has been given the appellation “Father of Naturalism” based on his theories.  It was rather amusing to me, therefore, to read his play Thérèse Raquin, and find that it reads more like Edgar […]