OPENING THIS WEEK
- “ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG, GAY DANCE PARTY”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, various days through Feb. 28; Mag’s 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. Rockfire Theatre presents a show about a Republican who prosecutes a woman as his ticket to winning the governorship. $20. brownpapertickets.com/event/2486437.
- “BE A NEW ORLEANIAN — A SWEARING IN CEREMONY”: Opening Friday 8 p.m., runs Thursdays through Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays to Feb. 28, also Feb. 29; Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Jim Fitzmorris’ comic ride through what it takes to call oneself a citizen of the Crescent City. History, heartbreak and celebration are all part of the evening. $22.09.
- “CUPID’S CABARET”: 6 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Champagne reception, dinner and classic vaudeville-style burlesque show for Valentine’s Day featuring Trixie Minx. Tables for two $225 and up. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
- “KINKY BOOTS”: Opening Tuesday, through Feb. 21, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The Broadway hit, based on the film of the same name, brings the music of Cyndi Lauper and words of Harvey Fierstein to the local stage in this delightful show. $30 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH”: 6 p.m. Friday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. An action-packed live show featuring the popular characters as life-size puppets, including Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more and a music production for the entire family. $34.50 and up. (504) 287-0350. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- VALERIE FRANCIS: 6 p.m., Thursday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans. New Orleans opera singer, accompanied by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, will present a program of spirituals and gospel songs. The performance is part of the Bishop Perry Center Mission for the Poor and Cultural Center Lenten Concert Series that runs through March 17. facebook.com/bishopperrycenter.
- “VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”: Opening Saturday, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; through Feb. 28; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Tony winner for best play, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home where they bicker and complain about their lives. Movie-star sister Masha, swoops in with boy toy Spike. Old resentments flare, leading to threats to sell the house. Sassy maid Cassandra can predict the future and aspiring actress Nina’s prettiness worries the imperious Masha. (884) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.
- “SLEEPING BEAUTY”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. In this world premiere adaptation, comedy meets Carnival in a reimagining of the classic fairy tale. Directors Jon Greene and Maxwell Williams draw inspiration from British Panto to create an experience both new and oddly familiar. The original script, by Greene, has been crafted specifically for New Orleans. $35 and up, $15 students. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
- BB’S STAGE DOOR CANTEEN PRESENTS “BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE”: Opening Feb. 19-21; 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show, Feb. 19-21; 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show Feb. 21; BBs Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Currently one of the longest-running productions Off-Broadway, the show is an award-winning historical docudrama narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in 20th-century America. $65. (504) 528-1944, ext. 273. nationalww2museum.org.
- “DITZYLAND”: Opening Feb. 26-28, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Varla Jean Merman, Rickie Graham, Sean Patterson and company take aim at the wonderful world of Walt for this sendup of classic fairy tales. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
- “A LESSON BEFORE DYING”: Opening March 4-10, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Ernest Gaines celebrated novel about justice, dying with dignity and death row in 1940s rural Louisiana.
- “LOVE TAPS”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 19-27; 2 p.m. Sundays Feb. 21 and 28; Nims Black Box Theatre, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Narrative works of dance theater through tap and live music in a cabaret setting. $18 and up. theatreontap.com.
- “NO EXIT”: Opening 8 p.m. Feb. 23 through Feb. 27, 3 p.m. Feb. 28; Delgado Community College Theatre Program, Drama Hall, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential work about three people trapped in a dismal room in Hell produces laughs, tears and a disturbing look at how eternity may be spent in something other an fire and brimstone. $10, $8 students/faculty/staff. (504) 671-6360. dcc.edu.
- “ONE MAN’S STAND”: Opening 8 p.m. March 11-12, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Quevaughn Bryant’s show blends comedy, theater and multimedia presentations. $17.50. (884) 843-3090. 30byNinety.com.
- “ORPHEUS DESCENDING”: Opening March 12-April 3, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Robert Nims Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Southern Rep, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, present the playwright’s reimagining of the Orpheus myth in true, Southern Gothic style. $25 and up. (504) 522-6545. southernrep.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.
- “CHICAGO”: Various dates and times, Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 6; Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Kander and Ebb’s vaudeville-style show about murder and mayhem set to music will hit the stage in July. Auditioners should prepare 16-32 bars of audition piece, with sheet music in the proper key or bring a CD with no vocals. Actor hopefuls will read from sides. A separate dance call will be held and is mandatory. (985) 893-1671. playmkersinc.com.
- “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT,” “THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE” AND “BIG RIVER”: 6 p.m. Friday, for AEA and EMC auditions; 9 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday, callbacks. Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre holds auditions for three musicals, with a varied and extensive cast roster, ages 8 to adult. Vocal and movement auditions have different requirements. All must bring a headshot or photograph and resume. Some out-of-town auditions will be held.(504) 865-5271. summerlyric.tulane.edu.
- “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”: noon Saturday, Feb. 20, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Directed by Adolpho Rodriguez, the show examines race relations in Alabama during the Depression. Roles include children (ages 10-12) and several adults. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Email to register. 30byNinety@gmail.com. (884) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.?