Tara Bennett is a Jill-of-All-Trades who currently serves as the head Arts & Entertainment writer for DIG Magazine in Baton Rouge, as well as the Media Coordinator for the Hammond Regional Arts Center in Hammond. When she is not working, she enjoys acting, belly dancing, and working as a freelance makeup artist. Tara's passion for theatre began at an early age, which she enjoys sharing through her writing. In 2008 and 2009, she had the pleasant opportunity to take her theatrical education further by training with the National Critics Institute.
Theatre Baton Rouge's masterful production of THE CRUCIBLE is must-see theater. For those of you who may shy away from seeing a production after studying the script one too many times in high school, here is your chance to see it the way it was meant to be seen.BWW Interview: Tom Flynn of WICKED at Saenger Theatre September 27, 2019
If audience appeal is any indication of a show's worth, WICKED casts a spell that has created a multimillion-dollar treasure to the musical theatre world. With memorable music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a heartwarming book by Winnie Holzman, the production is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. WICKED's current national tour will fly into the Saegner Theatre in New Orleans from Oct. 2-20, 2019BWW Previews: THE CRUCIBLE at Theatre Baton Rouge September 18, 2019
Arthur Miller's classic 1953 play, THE CRUCIBLE will explore a community filled with fear, distrust and hysteria at Theatre Baton Rouge as part of the theatre's 2019-20 Capital Series.BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY at Theatre Baton Rouge August 20, 2019
Gatsby isn't the only person who knows how to throw a killer party. The band is popping, the drinks are flowing, and the guests are lit like cigarettes. Theatre Baton Rouge's production of THE WILD PARTY is a scintillating and sweltering season opener full of lust and angst while driven by an electrifying jazz-rock-influenced score.BWW Interview: Theatre Baton Rouge Hosts WILDest Party of The Year August 12, 2019
Memory is very precious. It connects us to our past and helps guide us to our future. In Tennessee Williams' magnum opus THE GLASS MENAGERIE, memory is a force of gravity and as the season opener for The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company's fifth season, a grounded production is one rarely seen but feels so uncompromisingly right.BWW Review: NEWSIES Makes Headlines at Theatre Baton Rouge June 21, 2019
Have you heard the news? It's time to 'seize the day' and secure your tickets for Theatre Baton Rouge's production of Disney's NEWSIES, now running through June 30th. With energetic, spirited dancing, great acting, and whimsical tunes, TBR's NEWSIES is a musical worth seeing.BWW Interview: Ashley North of KINKY BOOTS at Saenger Theatre June 3, 2019
Coming soon to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans is KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS). The show runs June 14-16.BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY soars at Saenger Theatre May 31, 2019
Theatre Baton Rouge's production of 33 VARIATIONS is a theatrical delight. Written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Shannon Walsh, it is a mixture of a biographical play about Ludwig van Beethoven, and a 21st Century music scholar hoping to understand the origins behind his Diabelli Variations. It is a powerful exploration of obsessive artistic drive, the limitations of time, and the bonds of family.BWW Preview: 33 VARIATIONS at Theatre Baton Rouge May 12, 2019
The powers of passion and parenthood combine into a touching, complex story as Theatre Baton Rouge takes on Moises Kaufman's 33 VARIATIONS, directed by Shannon Walsh. The play focuses on an ailing musicologist who's struggling against time to unlock the mystery behind one of Beethoven's last projects.BWW Interview: Ally Guay of THE EXPLORERS CLUB at Theatre Baton Rouge May 3, 2019
Playwright Tennessee Williams is a definite master of his craft, possessing an innate skill at storytelling. He excels at creating a time and place that traps you within its web right from the very beginning. Written late in his career, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER is a dramatic example of Williams' storytelling abilities, which focuses on the power and vulnerability that comes with the truth. Now playing onstage at Loyola University's Lower Depths Theatre, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company's current run of SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER is a haunting rendition that perfectly honors Williams' 1958 Southern Gothic script.BWW Interview: Jorrel Javier of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at Mahalia Jackson Theatre April 3, 2019
For centuries, the significant contributions of science by women have been relatively unappreciated or unknown (unless you're Madame Curie), but thanks to recent a recent uptake of science-oriented bio dramas that is about to shift theatrically. Currently running at Theatre Baton Rouge is SILENT SKY, a vastly crucial yet little-known story of one woman whose groundwork laid the foundations of mapping the universe despite gender bias and other obstacles.