OPENING THIS WEEK
- “THE BOXCAR CHILDREN”: Opening 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 17; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Stage version of the Depression-era adventures of the Alden children books as the orphaned siblings strive to stay together. $10. (985) 643-0556. slidelllittletheatre.org.
- “DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents this musical adaptation of the 1951 animated classic, complete with Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and the Queen of Hearts. $25, $20 seniors/military, $15 children. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- “THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS”: Opening 7 p.m. Fridays to Sundays, through April 17; Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. An African-American version of Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus at Colonus.” Told by a Pentecostal preacher and the choir in his church as a modern parable. $20. $15 faculty/staff/seniors, $5 Dillard students. (504) 816-4857. dillard.edu.
- “HONOR THY MOTHER” FEATURING RAJA: 10 p.m. Thursday, Three Keys, Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 3 winner and makeup artist for Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” Raja brings an edgy and exotic take on contemporary drag to this performance with several local illusionists. $20 and up. (504) 900-1180. acehotel.com.
- “JULIUS CAESAR”: Opening 8 p.m. Tuesday through April 16, also 2 p.m. April 17; Lupin Theatre, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and betrayal and public manipulation comes to life in this production. $15, $12 alumni/employees; $10 students, seniors. (504) 865-5106. tulane.educ/liberal-arts/theatre-dance.
- “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Marquette Theatre, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Shakespeare’s comedy of the loathing then loving of Benedict and Beatrice, as well as the underhanded schemes of Don John comes to life in this production. $12, $8 students/seniors/faculty/staff. (504) 865-3840. cmfa.loyno.edu/theatre.
- “MUCK DYNASTY”: 7 p.m. Sunday, Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Philip Melancon and Chris Champagne aim their musical sarcastic talents at politicos of every level. $15. (504) 202-0986.
- “ROMEO AND JULIET”: Opening 8 p.m. Tuesday through April 16, 3 p.m. April 17; Timothy K. Baker Theatre, Delgado Community College Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Shakespeare’s tale of “star-crossed lovers” gets a 2016 makeover with an urban setting pitting high schools against each other. $10, $8 students/seniors. (504) 671-6360. dcc.edu.
- “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”: Opening 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 24; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Harper Lee’s classic tale of racism and justice in Alabama in the 1930s. $19, $17 seniors and military, $14 students, $10 ages 10 and under. (844) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.
- “THEATER OF WAR”: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Hosted by the Department of Classical Studies as the 2016 Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture, this innovative public health project presents readings of ancient Greek plays, Sophocles’ “Ajax” and “Philoctetes” as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, families, caregivers and communities. The reading will be followed by a discussion with panelists from the community and a facilitated town-hall style audience discussion. (504) 865-5719. facebook.com/events/592585284238540.
- “TOSCA”: Opening 8 p.m. Friday, also 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. New Orleans Opera Association presents Puccini’s masterwork of passion, betrayal and death set against a background of political intrigue. Additionally, two brunch seatings available. $26 and up, show only. (504) 529-3000. neworleansopera.org.
- “CABARET”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The award-winning musical bids audiences “Wilkommen” with tales of the Kit Kat Klub from pre-World War II Berlin, with books and score by Kander and Ebb. $30 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “INTO THE WOODS JR.”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. $15. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “MY WAY — A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Saturdays, 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show Sundays, through May 1; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This review of an American icon features more than 30 of Sinatra’s most famous songs performed by a quartet accompanied by the Museum’s Victory Trio. Dining from The American Sector Restaurant + Bar. $30 and up. (504) 528-1943. nationalww2museum.org.
- “TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WEIRD TALES”: 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays, through April 17; 6200 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Three one-act plays produced by the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans. $25 and up. (504) 264-2580. twtheatrenola.com.
- “GOLDEN GIRLS LIVE”: Opening 8 p.m. April 15-16, 2 p.m. April 17; Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman, Kevin Murphy and Kyle Daigrepont are in this hilarious sendup of the popular TV series. The three-espisode staging is adult. $26. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “HARLEQUEEN NIGHTS — A VINSANTOS INTROSPECTIVE”: Opening 9 p.m., April 14-16, The Allways Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Musician, drag artist and storyteller presents a look back at his 20 years on the stage through a series of one acts. $7. (707) 480-3900. theallwayslounge.net.
- INFRINGE FEST: Opening Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17. Four-day independent theater and performance festival held throughout New Orleans area. More than 30 show in 11 venues. $7 per show, $40 all-access weekend pass. infringefest.org.
- “THE LITTLE MERMAID”: Opening 8 p.m. April 15, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 7; Cutting Edge Theatre, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Based on the Disney movie, Ariel gives up her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch in exchange for legs to woo Prince Eric. $22 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
- “HAUS OF MAYHEM”: 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 22; The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. “Heaux and Hausewife: Jazz Fest Edition” will be the burlesque show with Nikki LeVillain. $15. (504) 264-1191. thetheatreatstclaude.com.
- ALOHA BINGOH: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Geneva Joy serves as emcee for monthly comedy games with prizes and performances of local comics. $5. (504) 592-7083. barredux.com.
- AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.
- COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Open mic with seasoned performers. comedygumbeaux.com.
- COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
- COMEDYSPORTZ: 8 p.m. Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. All-ages improv comedy show. $10 advance, $13 door. (504) 231-7011. comedysportzneworleans.com.
- NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. (504) 891-3381.
- NOLA COMEDY HOUR OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. (504) 945-4446.
- THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?: 9 p.m., Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club, 8140 Willow St., New Orleans. Sign up at 8 p.m. (504) 865-9190.
- COURT 13 CASTING: Production company and nonprofit based in New Orleans is casting in the style of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” seeing nonactors and locals interested in auditioning for two “very specific roles” in their next film: female Caucasian, age 30-40, a strong, hard-working mother with a twinkle in her eye and joy in her heart; and a male Caucasian, age 50-70, tall with angular facial features, a tough man whose hard life and rough exterior mask a trustworthy soul. No acting experience required. Anyone matching either description can send in a photo — a recent selfie, snapshot or family photo — and contact information to email@example.com. (504) 408-1685.
- “SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM”: 1 p.m., April 23, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Unique stage production includes video interviews of Stephen Sondheim interspersed with live productions of his songs. All adult ages welcome. Prepare two diverse choices of musical theater, no longer than 32 bars. Sondheim suggested. Pianist will be provided. Show runs weekends June 11-26. Register at 30byNinety@gmail.com. (844) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.