• “RENT”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The Broadway sensation based on the bohemian life of New York City’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Presented by Empire Theatrics. $20. (504) 298-8676. www.oldmarquer.com.
  • “THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE”: Opening 8 p.m. Thursday, and June 4-6, 11, 18-20; 9 p.m. Saturday, May 30; 6 p.m. June 7, 21; Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Yvette Hargis takes on the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner one-woman show with 12 characters. $15 previews, $20 performances. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL OPEN REHEARSALS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Experience the creative process behind musical performance as Birdfoot artists prepare chamber music. Fine artists are welcome to bring their sketch pads (no photography or recording). www.birdfootfestival.org.
  • SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC: 6 p.m., Thursday, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1715 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Interactive program of music, poetry and conversations about the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. www.birdfootfestival.org.
  • “SONGS OF A PEOPLE — MUSIC OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE”: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Marigny Opera House, 725 Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Ivan Griffin, bass-baritone, presents with pianist Michael Borowitz and narrator Michael Boucree. $20 suggested donation. (504) 948-9998. www.marignyoperahouse.org.
  • GALA CONCERT: 8 p.m., Saturday, Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Mentoring program 7:15 p.m. Works by Mozart, von Dohnanyi and Tchaikovsky. $25, $10 student. www.birdfootfestival.org.
  • “PETER AND TINK”: 4 p.m. Sunday, Playmakers Inc., 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Presented by members of SLU’s Alpha Psi Omega, national honorary theater society, the show takes a trip to Neverland to discover how Pan came to be. $10, $5 students. (225) 241-1881. www.playmakersinc.com.
  • THE GOODNIGHT SHOW WITH JOHN CALHOUN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Monthly show of comedy, music and improv. Cecile Monteyne, Luther Gray and Jason Marsalis on the schedule. $10. www.thegoodnightshow.us.
  • “BEYONCÉ CURES THE HEART”: 4:30 p.m., June 5, Ellis Marsalis Jazz Studio, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Camp St., New Orleans. NOCCA musical theatre student Immanuel Simon performs and hosts an original show in honor of the Patterson Horton Retreat and Youth Home. The show tells the story of his life through the works of the recording star. Donations encouraged. www.nocca.com.
  • “THE MIRACLE WORKER”: Through June 7, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St., Lockport. Autobiographical story of Helen Keller and teacher Annie Sullivan, starring local film and television actress Lucy Martin — Keller’s great-grandniece — in the title role. $25 advance, $27 door. (888) 992-2968. www.bayouplayhouse.com.
  • “MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG:”: Through June 6, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical looks at composure Franklin Shepard’s life. $15 and up. (504) 522-2081. www.lepetittheatre.com.
  • KAREN BERG-ARLINGTON: 8 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. The songstress and musical director Phil Hall at the piano present “Open a New Window: Songs for a New Chapter” cabaret show. $20 and up. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • “THE COLOR PURPLE”: Through June 15, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7 only; Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The dramatic story of sisters separated by miles and years, and their journeys through life to return to each other. The musical version of the award-winning film. $25. (504) 862-7529. www.anthonybeantheater.com.
  • “ON THE AIR, THE LIVE BROADCAST MUSICAL”: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show Sundays, through May 31, Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. An ode to radio’s golden age featuring sweet and soulful musical hits of the 1940s, the show is a trip back in time. “Hugh Dat and his Mystery Band” provide a musical score featuring popular gems recorded by Louis Jordan, the Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., the Ink Spots and more. (504) 528-1943. www.stagedoorcanteen.org.
  • THE VICTORY BELLES PRESENT AMERICA’S WARTIME SWEETHEARTS: 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. A tribute to the Andrews Sisters. $40. (504) 528-1943. www.stagedoorcanteen.org.
  • 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.
  • “BROTHERS FROM THE BOTTOM”: 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, June 5-28; NOCCA Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. NOCCA alum and movie and TV actor Wendell Pierce stars in Jackie Alexander’s work about gentrification threatening a New Orleans neighborhood and the bond between brothers. $30, $25 seniors and students. www.thebillieholiday.org. (504) 940-2800.
  • “PETER PAN”: Opening July 16, through July 26; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Broadway classic of the boy who never grew up flies onto the stage in this musical production. $37; $35 seniors, $32 students and active military. (504) 461-9475. www.rivertowntheaters.com.

AUDITIONS

  • RIVERTOWN THEATERS’ 2015 FALL SEASON: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 6; callbacks 11 a.m. Sunday, June 7; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Shows include “The Producers,” “Addams Family” and “Sweet Charity.” For ages 16 and up. Bring headshot and resumes. Dancers for “The Producers” must attend tap audition at 9:30 a.m. and general dance audition at 10:15 a.m., women in character heels and men in jazz shoes. Vocal auditions in five-minute blocks. Bring 32 bars of sheet music (in correct key). An accompanist will be provided. (504) 461-9475. www.Rivertowntheaters.com.