VERBATIM VERBOTEN at the Valiant
VERBATIM VERBOTEN, the invasion-of-privacy revue
Produced by Clove Productions. Directed and hosted by Mason Joiner. Created by Michael Martin.
The Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6621 St Claude, Arabi.
Every other Saturday, 10:30pm, beginning February 3rd: Feb 3, 17; Mar 3, 17, 31; Apr 14.
$10 at door. Reservations 504-298-8676 or email@example.com.
The long-running but intermittent comedy revue, Verbatim Verboten, settles in for its first run in over two years! Directed and emceed by Mason Joiner, regulars in the rotating cast include Andy Nemo, Audrey Wagner, Jesse Stephens, Rebecca Fox, Cameron-Mitchell Ware, Harold Gervais, Lakesha Glover, Drew Cothern, Shelley Johnson, Polanco Jones Jr. and Matthew Rigdon. Valiant artistic director Richard Mayer, a VV vet as both director and actor, provides guidance from behind the curtain.
Verbatim Verboten creator Michael Martin celebrates the rebirth of his brainchild with a slew of new material for the actors to tackle. Word-for-word transcripts of the famous and the notorious (plus a few regular people, for variety) in an ever-changing revue of exchanges the public wasn't meant to hear: surveillance tapes, secretly recorded conversations, forgotten open mics, on-camera diatribes, released emails, private correspondence, et cetera. Mason and his cast deliver the unvarnished, verbatim goods...with, perhaps, some interpretive license, every now and then.
There's never been a richer time to put the off-the-record onstage. Reviews of previous productions:
"In the simplest theatrical mode -- but also the most effective -- the actors perform the transcripts word for word, taking only some license with intonation or emphasis. The results are at points riotously funny, shamelessly embarrassing and even a bit scary as the audience finds itself eavesdropping on comments never meant to be heard.
"...As viciously cutting as some of the material may be, there is a whimsical feel to this verbal voyeurism....[T]he show [has] an easygoing, casual nature....no piece is too lengthy. Each is a pleasing hors d'oeuvre passed around a pleasant cocktail party -- tasty and different enough to keep the audience wanting another.
[The cast is] charming and witty..." --Times-Picayune
"This show delivers the raw goods. Deeply funny and just plain disturbing." --The New York Observer
"...Verbatim is up far more often than it is down. All eight performers do an excellent job, with a great deal of presence and comic timing. Everyone clearly has fun with the material, and that fun is contagious." --offoffline.com
"[F]resh and edgy for audience and performers alike." --flavorpill.com
"Michael Martin's merrily damning series features staged readings of the private conversations of public figures. ...[B]oy, did Martin pick a good time to bring it back. Given the recent caught-on-tape remarks of such notables as Christian Bale, Pastor Ted Haggard, Prince Harry, and, of course, former governor Rod Blagojevich, we seem to have entered the golden age of surreptitiously recorded stupidity... Sure it's trash, but just try to resist." --The Chicago Reader
"A smartened-up National Enquirer." --TimeOut Chicago
"At it's best, it's blisteringly funny, really creepy -- or both." --The Seattle Times
"Hilarity abounds, especially when we're treated to a nattily done naughty bit, a rehashing of bitchy Orson Welles outtakes, or anything involving Coco the gorilla." --The Stranger
"This is fucking ridiculous, and fucking great." --Wake Magazine
The Valiant Theatre (View)
6621 St. Claude
Arabi, LA 70032
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|