Review: The NOLA Project Presents White at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Through March 31, 2023)

Gus is an artist try to get into the New America show at his local art museum. The curator rejects him because he is a white male. So, he hires a black female actress to pretend to be the creator of his paintings. Eventually, the drama builds as the actress demands to have more control.

James IJames has written a funny piece directly pulled from the headlines that explores issues of racism and sexism. It is much more relatable than his avant-garde Miz Martha. At 90 minutes, it is a bit long to not have a break It would be nice if they offered some performances with an intermission.

Photos by John Barrois

Tenaj Wallace is fantastic as the black female actress who truly loses herself in the role. Matthew Thompson is superb and steals a few scenes as Gus’s boyfriend who is shocked by his actions. Grace Blakeman is perfect as the museum curator. Within the gallery at The New Orleans Museum of Art, her performance seems so real. Lastly, Matt Armato is solid as Gus. However, he played the character a little too normal to have come up with this crazy plan.

See the program here.

Cost of a ticket: $38

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price +

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for White through March 31st!

Quinn Delaney


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