It's very late, but if you can squeeze it into your schedule, and also get seating reservations, I recommend seeing Le Petit Theatre's current production, “A Night of Dark Intent.” We enjoyed the murder-mystery Friday, opening night, and enjoyed wine afterward with the cast, most of whom we had not seen on stage before.

Well cast, well directed and well acted. We did not figure out “who done it?” until the final scene. And I can say nothing about that, because the audience was sworn, by director Pat Crochet, to keep that secret, so that following audiences could enjoy the surprise, even as we encouraged others to see the play.

 

Uncomfortable delay: Here it is Wednesday, after the play opened on Friday, and I am finally getting around to urging your attendance. Scheduling is the problem. We try, for every Le Petit play, to sign up to “work the door,” confirming reservations and seating, then staying to watch the play.

It's impossible to report on the opening performance until Wednesday. My deadline for Sunday's column is Friday morning. Time was, when plays opened on Thursday nights, we could work the door and see the play in time for Sunday's column. That was when Le Petit season ticket membership was at its peak. Lately, nine performances have been plenty to guarantee seats for season ticket holders, plus guests. And Thursday openings, which rarely, for some reason, sold out, were eliminated for the benefit of the cast.

So, the best I can do is publish my performance report Wednesdays, with five performances left, instead of Sundays, with seven performances still available. I cannot say now (Monday) whether seats will remain by the time you see this, but call the box office at 876-4278, or visit houmalittletheatre.com ASAP to inquire about reservations.

Downtown festivals on the weekends at both ends of “Dark Intent's” run raised concerns about potential parking problems for playgoers. Special reserved parking was established in the parking lot behind the theater (on Park), for theater patrons with reservations, starting at 6 p.m. for evening performances and 12:30 p.m. for matinees.

 

Chipotle and Le Petit: Playgoers at "A Night of Dark Intent" this week found in their programs a flier for Houma's Chipolte Mexican Grill, 1725 MLK Blvd., Houma. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29, show the flier or a copy on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the theater to make sure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne.

 

Three times now: As 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Maria moves westward, along roughly the same path blasted by Irma just weeks ago, you may recall fairly recent storms bearing the same name. In 2005, a Maria traveled northward from the Caribbean to make landfall in New Jersey as a minimal Category 1, and in 2011, still another Maria got all the way to Newfoundland before easing ashore.

In both cases, the impact was so unremarkable that the name was not removed from the standard naming rotation, accounting for its being available for this season's 15th named storm.

 

Americans: Storm tracking early Monday showed that Maria is likely to plow over Puerto Rico and other American Caribbean islands, then turn northward, mimicking Jose's peculiar off-shore loop. And the island victims will include fellow American citizens, possibly a few vacationers, but certainly the permanent residents of U.S. territories in the region. The victims, in other words, are us.

 

Local relief? If you are looking for a way to help hurricane victims, inquire at the Terrebonne Library system, which had, after Harvey, partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank. It will accept donations until Sept. 30 to help replenish the bank’s flooded warehouses. For branch locations, visit mytpl.org. Call Kati Callais at 876-5861, ext. 233.

 

Pops Concert: Houma-Terrebonne Community Band will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Houma Christian School, 109 Valhi Blvd., Houma. The concert will feature music from TV, films and Broadway. Admission is $5. Children under 12 get in free.

 

Childhood cancer fundraiser: Aiming to raise money for continued chemotherapy, the Annaley “Strong” Cheramie Fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with music, cars, food and fun for kids. It's planned for the Hooter’s parking lot on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Houma. Information: 337-453-7204.

 

Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256, at ellzey@viscom.net, billellzey312@gmail.com, or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.