OPENING THIS WEEK
“DRACULA”: 8 p.m. opening Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 29-30, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre of the Air’s radio adaptation of Bram Stoker’s timeless classic comes to life, directed by Jim Fitzmorris. $18. (504) 638-6326. eventbrite.com/d/la--new-orleans/dracula/?view=list.
“KING LEAR”: 8 p.m. opening Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 7; 2 p.m. Sundays; preview Thursday, industry night Nov. 3; Fortress of Lushington, 2215 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Captains Coat Productions brings to life Shakespeare’s Lear, who he falls into madness as his kingdom falls into chaos, murder and tragedy. $20 and up. (800) 383-4989. captainscoatlear.brownpapertickets.com.
“LOVE, PASSION, AND ILLUSION”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. An evening of opera scenes featuring the students in the classic vocal department. $15. nocca.com.
“MURDER TO DINE FOR”: 7 p.m., Thursday, Annunciation Restaurant, 1016 Annunciation St., New Orleans. Interactive murder mystery with three-course dinner, triple murder and one sleuth. $60. (504) 568-0245. facebook.com/MRDFMonthly/.
“RIGOLETTO”: 7:30 p.m. opening Friday, also 2 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Verdi’s grand opera takes to the stage in this Jefferson Performing Arts Society production, with Maestro Dennis Assaf at the podium with the JPAS Symphony Orchestra. $40 and up. jpas.org.
“ROCKY HORROR SHOW”: 8 p.m., opening Friday, also Saturdays, Oct. 23-31; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The original stage musical that became the cult classic piece of celluloid comes to life, with “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” Adults only. $22 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
“SPLISH — THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SHOW AND TAIL”: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Port, 2120 Port St., New Orleans. Interactive theatrical performance and installation event, with gender nonspecific casting. Original live compositions will be performed by a house band led by Meschiya Lake. Original script is co-written by Ellery Neon and Jeff Stark. $15 advance, $20 door. splishsplish.com.
“A NEW BRAIN”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Monday; Kajun’s Pub, 2256 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A songwriter has new appreciation for life and his relationships after a neurological incident and operation, staring Chris Wecklein in this William Finn-James Lapine show. $25 and up. (504) 616-9260. seosaproductioncompany.com.
“CLOWN BAR”: 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sunday, and Oct. 28-30, Nov. 3-5; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6; Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. NOLA Project stages a dark comedy about the death of a clown and a former clown turned detective must return to the life to get some answers. $25, $15 Backstage Pass members. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
“FAUSTUS”: 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, also Oct. 29-31, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans. Lux et Umbra production of Christopher Marlowe’s original deal-with-the-devil tale. $20. oldmarquer.com.
“JUMP, JIVE AND WAIL — The Music of Louis Prima”: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Celebrate the New Orleans talent with Prima’s classics like “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Just a Gigolo” and “That Old Black Magic.” $30 and up. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.
“KATRINA, THE MOTHER-IN-LAW OF ’EM ALL”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Five Katrina survivors gather at the Mother-in-Law Lounge to retrace their footsteps in this comedy. $16. slidelllittletheatre.org.
“THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES — BOB HOPE AND HIS ALL-STAR PACIFIC TOUR”: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show, Sunday, also Nov. 6-8, 21-22; Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. $30 and up. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.
“THE VICTORY BELLES — SONGS THAT WON THE WAR”: 11:45 a.m. seating for buffet, 12:45 p.m. show; Wednesdays through Nov. 25; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This show brings back the great songs of the Great War. $40 matinee buffet; $65 dinner and show. (504) 528-1944 x 273. nationalww2museum.org.
“AAVV — AFRICAN-AMERICAN VERBATIM VERBOTEN”: 9 p.m., opening Nov. 6-8, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. All-black edition of the long-running comedy revue of short sketches, “word-for-word” performance of off-the-record conversations of the famous and infamous. $15. (504) 298-8676. oldmarquer.com.
“THE ADDAMS FAMILY —A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY”: 8 p.m. opening Fridays and Saturdays, opening Nov. 6; 2 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; through Nov. 22, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The creepy and the spooky Addams family comes to life in this Broadway show, with new music and story. $40 adults, $38 seniors, $36 students/military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntehaters.com.
“FACADE”: 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Moscow Nights presents adaptation of book by William E. Wade about a father coping with his son’s death from cystic fibrosis. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
“ROCKY HORROR SHOW”: 8 p.m., opening Thursday, Oct. 29, also Friday, Oct. 30; Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Newcomb Music Department presents the original stage musical that became the cult classic piece of celluloid comes to life, with “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” Adults only. $15, $10 students. (504) 865-5267. tulane.edu/liberal-arts/music/departmental-events.cfm
AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, La Nuit 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.
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.