OPENING THIS WEEK
- “SPOTLIGHT NEW ORLEANS”: 8 p.m. Thursday, Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. John Calhoun bring his late-night talk show back, with comedian Matt Owens, musical guest Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Cashauna Hill, executive director of Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. $10. (504) 975-0286. cafeistanbulnola.com.
- “BAR POLITICS — FAKE NEWS. REAL ISSUES. KIND OF DRUNK”: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. See ’Em On Stage’s political sketch comedy multimedia show is a satiric monthly news program with news stories that affect New Orleans. (504) 250-6483.
- “BURLESQUE IMITATES ART”: 9 p.m. Saturday, Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Showcase for work by 10 artists with burlesque collaborators. Audience can bid on works at silent auction plus a raffle. $10. (504) 655-1291. seosaproductioncompany.com.
JEN PAGAN’S “SHOEBOX LOUNGE”: OPENING FRIDAY, 8 P.M. FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 6 P.M. SUNDAYS, THROUGH APRIL 3, THE THEATRE AT ST. CLAUDE, 2240 ST. CLAUDE AVE., NEW ORLEANS. ONE-WOMAN SHOW BY ACTRESS, EDUCATOR AND NEW ORLEANS RESIDENT ABOUT “BOOZE, PUMPS AND HEARTBREAK.” $20, $15 STUDENTS. (504) 638-6326. THETHEATREATSTCLAUDE.COM.
“TWO FOR TENNESSEE”: OPENING WEDNESDAY, 7:30 P.M. THROUGH APRIL 2; NIMS BLACK BOX THEATRE, NOCCA, 2800 CHARTRES ST., NEW ORLEANS. SECOND STAR PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE PRESENTS A DUO OF ORIGINAL ONE-ACTS BY LOCAL WRITERS IN HOMAGE TO TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. “BRICK” BY JON BRODER IS A COMEDIC TAKE ON THE FAMOUS “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” CHARACTER AND HIS BEST FRIEND. “SOLITARY” BY STEPHANIE GARRISON EYES WILLIAMS AND HIS SISTER, ROSE, THROUGH THE LENS OF GOTHIC HORROR. $20. EVENTBRITE.COM.
- “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 3; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of the Wingfields — mother Amanda, daughter Laura and son Tom — and the fragile life they lead, with explosive results when a gentleman caller pays a visit. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.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.
- “ORPHEUS DESCENDING”: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through April 3; 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 re-imagining of the Orpheus myth, Southern Gothic style. $25 and up. (504) 522-6545. southernrep.com.
- “SIVE”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Ashe Power House Theater, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The NOLA project presents the story of an orphaned Irish girl sent to live with relatives and the consequences of an arranged proposal to a 70-year-old man. $30, $20 backstage pass members. nolaproject.com.
- HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. New Orleans Ballet Association presents the prestigious company for one performance, with 16 dancers. $24 and up. (504) 522-0996. nobadance.com.
- “INTO THE WOODS JR.”: Opening April 1, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 10; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning story of what happens when fairy tales and wishes come true. $15. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”: Opening April 9, 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.
- “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”: Opening April 8, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. April 10; 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.
- “TOSCA”: 8 p.m., Friday, April 8, also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10; 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (504) 408-1685.
- “HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD”: Cutting Edge Theater will hold auditions for their Summer Actin’ Up workshop production for young people ages 6-18. Cost of workshop is $110. The show is Delia Ephron’s look at the joys and ploys of childhood. Prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song bringing accompaniment (no a capella) and a recent photograph. Production slated for mid-July. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
- “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.