New Orleans Stages Calendar, March 17-23, 2016 _lowres

Photo by Brian Jarreau -- Lucy Faust stars as Laura Wingield in Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre's production of 'The Glass Menagerie.' The show is part of the Tennessee Williams Festival and one of the writer's most popular works. The story revolves around a dysfunctional Southern family and how hopes are dashed after a gentleman caller's visit.

STAGES

OPENING THIS WEEK

  • “THE FLESH ART SHOW”: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, One-Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Fine art body painting show featuring 30 artists creating “living canvases” on acrobats, dancers, poi performers and more, with costumes and production. $20. thefleshartshow.com.
  • “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”: Opening Friday, 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.
  • “LITTLE WIFES AS THEY GROW”: 7 p.m., NOLA Playhouse, 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Staged reading of Melissa Martinez’s story of four families on the final day of summer before a town festival. Presented by Dramatis Guild Gulf Coast Region Footlight Series. dramatistsguild.com.
  • “MUCK DYNASTY”: 8 p.m. Friday, The Steak Knife, 888 Harrison Ave, New Orleans; Sunday, the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans; Monday, Bistro Orleans, 3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Philip Melancon and Chris Champagne lampoon politics with music and comedy. $15. (504) 202-0986.
  • “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Eve Ensler’s collection of powerful stories, gleaned from 200 interviews with women, comes to life, aimed at bringing awareness to and stopping violence against women and girls. $20, $10 students and seniors. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org.

NOW PLAYING

  • “A LESSON BEFORE DYING”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Ernest Gaines’ celebrated novel about justice, dying with dignity and death row in 1940s rural Louisiana. (985) 643-0556. slidelllittletheatre.org.
  • “MARY POPPINS”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. The mystical, magical nanny flies on the stage at JPAS, with songs by the Sherman Brothers of Disney fame and a book by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame. The event promises to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.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 in true, Southern Gothic style. $25 and up. (504) 522-6545. southernrep.com.
  • “SIVE”: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday through March 26; 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.

OPENING SOON

  • “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.
  • JEN PAGAN’S “SHOEBOX LOUNGE”: Opening March 25, 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.
  • “TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD”: 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 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.
  • “TWO FOR TENNESSEE”: Opening March 30, 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.

COMEDY/OPEN MIC

  • 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.

AUDITIONS/CASTINGS

  • 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 c13auditions@gmail.com. (504) 408-1685.
  • “SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM”: 1 p.m., Saturday, 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.