...And The Ball and All
And the Ball and All, penned by Ricky Graham is a comedy about the Mystic Krewe of Terpsichore. Leonie Johnston and Jessica Crosby play the yatty krewe organizers planning their truck float and getting ready for the ball, along with the larger than life but ever so real cast of characters and krewe members Cindy Ladnier, Hilliary Simmons, Michelle Kersch, Vicky Gutierrez and costumer extraordinaire Chet Landry.
"Girl, you got to get out of this neighborhood," Frances exclaims when she learns someone has broken a window at her friend Aggie's Mid-City lounge. Crime and other obstacles to peaceful existence in the Big Easy get the audience rolling with laughter through much of this perennial favorite. "The Ball" debuted in 1995 (the year in which it's set) at True Brew Theatre in New Orleans and was an instant success, becoming the longest running and most successful comedy ever produced in the city! The outrageous, affectionate chronicle of y'at social custom must be imbued with immortal energies, because it keeps coming back and audiences still love it and fill the theatre 20 years later! Much of the humor grows out of local references. The krewe members gossip, especially when one of them leaves the room and they don't merely say the absent friend has gained weight, but "She's got more rolls than McKenzie's."
Humor drives the play more than plot, but at its core, The Ball is a y'at comedy of manners, or a comedy of ill-manners. In other hands, the characters gathered in Arceneaux's Mid-City Lounge would be flatly stock creations serving merely as targets to be laughed at. But for Graham and the audiences that return again and again, these characters are real! They are our wives, mothers, maw-maws, aunties, na-nan's neighbors and friends! It's a remarkable and enduring achievement for writer Graham and the krewe. Biloxi Little Theatre under the direction of Cliff Thompson is honored and proud to bring .And the Ball and All, to the Gulf Coast. "The Ball" opens February 19, 20 @ 8pm and 21st @ 2:00pm. Yes, we know that's 10 days after Mardi Gras ends, but let's just say; Mardi Gras is over when we say it's over! Get your tickets today at www.4blt.org!
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