As a local actor and theater artist, I’m always on the prowl for new audiences – those seeking exciting and engaging ways to spend an evening or a Sunday afternoon. Big things are happening in The Big Easy, and the buck doesn’t stop at touring Broadway productions. Theater is EVERYWHERE! Whether it’s The Murder Mystery Company performing on Frenchmen Street, an original work debuting at The Shadowbox, or a fantastical avant-garde puppetry tale unfolding at The Mudlark, there’s a show out there for everyone, even YOU! It’s all a matter of knowing where to look. Here are 10 absolute must-see plays and theater events happening this fall. Read up, then get out there and experience it all!
What: THE ISLAND OF DR. FITZMORRIS by Jim Fitzmorris, directed by Mike Harkins: an original work guaranteed to provide a spooky time for an excellent cause!
Who: Jim Fitzmorris & Mid-City Theatre
When: October 29 & 30 @ 8PM Theatre
Where: Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St.
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can ($10 minimum), proceeds go toward The Mudlark
What: TREK-A-GO-GO, written and directed by Harold Gervais: a Trekkie’s wet dream in the form of interactive stage readings & trivia with a dizzying array of local talent
Who: Harold Gervais & Mid-City Theatre
When: Through Oct. 25 (Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. or 11 p.m.), October 26 (Sunday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
Where: Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St.
Cost: $15 General / $20 VIP
What: BROOMSTICK by John Biguenet, directed by Amy Holtcamp: a fast-paced, poetic and darkly humored one-woman show that will leave you spellbound!
Who: Southern Rep
When: Through Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
What: THE MYSTERIOUS WISTERIAS by Ricky Graham & Sean Patterson, directed by Sean Patterson: an ensemble whodunnit-themed show premiering at The National World War II Museum, guaranteed to tickle the ol’ funny bone
When: Through Nov. 21, Showtimes vary
Where: The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St.
What: ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, directed by Frederick Mead: a dark, gripping drama performed by a three-man cast
Who: Jonathan Mares Productions
When: Oct. 23-Nov. 8, Thursday, Friday (minus Halloween) & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where: The Marigny (AllWays) Theatre, 1030 Marigny St.
Cost: $15 Thursday / $20 Friday & Saturday
What: MUSICAL OF THE LIVING DEAD directed by Chris Bentivegna: a musical spin on the zombie-horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead” performed with live music and “Little to N.O. Budget Films” filmed sequences.
Who: See ‘Em Onstage: A Production Company, LLC
When: Through Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. / Oct. 25 at 11 p.m.
Where: The Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave
Cost: $25 General / $30 Splatter Zone
What: NOT HAUNTED – A Spirited Open House: get ready for a rare, spooky experience! This is an evening of live performance in one of New Orleans’ oldest buildings, the notorious Union Hotel along with a seasonal five-course dinner complete with drink pairings by Chef Matt Heroman of Dinner Lab
Who: NO Space, in association with Peyroux Realty LLC
When: Monday, Oct.27 at 6 and 9 p.m.
Where: 914 Union St.
What: THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND – The Songs of Kander & Ebb, directed by Patrick Gendusa: Get your show tunes fix with this constructed retrospect of two of musical theater’s greatest collaborators, John Kander and Frank Ebb.
Who: Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
When: Nov.7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30 p.m. / Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
Where: Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Ave.
Cost: $12 General / $8 Students, Seniors & LU faculty/staff; groups rates available
What: NEW ORLEANS FRINGE FESTIVAL
Who: Local, national & international acts totaling to 80+ live shows
When: Nov. 19-23
Where: Venues all over town
Cost: Varies – buy a $3 Fringe button for lower individual ticket prices
What: NUMB, written & directed by Chris Kaminstein: an original work that explores early anesthesiology and 19th-century medicine with an ensemble cast
Who: Goat in the Road Productions
When: Nov. 7 – Dec. 6, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. (no shows Nov. 23, 27 and 30) / Fringe Dates: Nov. 20-22 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Ether Dome at 3625 St. Claude Ave. (Independence St.)
Cost: $20 General / $8 (Nov. 20-22 with $3 Fringe Button)