Anyone who has ever worked in theater, from community to school to professional, knows the feeling of not being ready for opening night.

Impending dread.

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Nancy White plays Dotty Otley in the Jefferson Performing Arts Society's production of the farce 'Noises Off' opening April 12 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.?

That's where the cast of the British show "Nothing On" finds itself on the eve of the opening. And that's the basis for the hilarious production of "Noises Off," the play-within-a-play play opening April 12 from Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

The three-act show, considered by many to be "the funniest farce ever written," looks at a trio of productions of "Nothing's On," from a dress rehearsal, a matinee and a show near the end of the run. As the show progresses, the actors descend into loathing of each other, the set descends into disrepair and the whole production plummets into hilarity for the audience.

English playwright Michael Frayn wrote the show after observing from backstage a production of his farce "The Two of Us," written for Lynn Redgrave, the Oscar- and Bafta-nominated Emmy winner.?

Rife with slamming doors, costume "malfunctions" and general mischief and mayhem, the on- and off-stage action creates mirth and merriment.

Harold Heno directs the production that includes the cast of Nancy White, Elizabeth McCoy, Mary Lee Jacobs, Bailey Gabrish, Benjamin Clement, Johnathan Mares, Leon Contavesprie, David Jacobs and Miles Hamauei.

Will stardust fall on this production and "all's well that ends well?" Check out the production and see.

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 18 and 20, plus 2 p.m. April 14 and 21 at Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, in Metairie. Tickets start at $23. Visit

Opening this week April 4-10

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The orphans works to shine the floors 'like the top of Chrysler Building' in 'Annie,' coming to the Saenger in April. Rainer 'Rainey' Trevino plays the title character in the musical.

"ANNIE": Opening 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Cana St. New Orleans. Marking almost a half-century of song and dance, the touring show is based on the 100-year-old comic strip of an orphan and her billionaire adoptive father, with a score for packed with hits like "Tomorrow," "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "Maybe," "N.Y.C." and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." Tickets start at $30.


"DESIGNING WOMEN": Opening 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday through April 27; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Julia Sugarbaker and company are back, including Suzanne, Charlene, Mary Jo and some new faces added to the mix set in 2020 and focusing on current events and the possibility of the women going their separate ways. Tickets start at $35.

"DISNEY PRINCESS — THE CONCERT": 7 p.m. Thursday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St. Production filled performers as themselves, a bevy of Disney stage veterans will bring the music of the princesses (and a few villains) with more than 30 tunes of some of the best-loved heroines from "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." The show also includes animation and theatrical effects. Tickets start at $39.

In production April 4

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Melissa Campbell plays Carole King in 'Beautiful.'

"BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL": 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St. The Tony Award-winning show, a chronological trip through King's life from her early days in the music business to when she cemented her legacy as an icon, with Melissa Campbell in the title role. Tickets start at $25.


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