• A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: 7:30 p.m. Friday; also 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 13-16 for schools. Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival production as part of “Performances for the Schools” program provides live theater for children in underserved schools. Other students can attend for $10. The only public performance is Friday. $15. (504) 865-5105. www.neworleansshakespeare.org.
  • THE SQUIRREL THAT KICKED THE HORNETS’ NEST: 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16. Castle Theater, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Chris Champagne’s one-man show of political satire. $15. (504) 287-4707.
  • WILL ROGERS FOLLIES: 8 p.m. opening Jan. 16; Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 31 and Thursday Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sundays. Rivertown Theater, 325 Minor St., Kenner. A look at the life and career of Rogers through a Ziegfield Follies-type vehicle for production. $37 adults; $35 seniors; $32 students and active military. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221. www.rivertowntheaters.com.
  • THE DEVILS YOU KNOW: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Jan. 18-19. The Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A new black comedy by Mason Joiner. (504) 298-8676. www.theshadowboxtheatre.com.
  • 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.
  • GONE WITH THE BREAKING WIND: 8 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Jan. 18. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Varla Jean Merman is back as the biggest Southern belle of them all in this hilarious stage production. Joined by Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson, Brooklyn Shaffer, Brian Johnston and Jefferson Turner, this powerhouse brings the South to its knees. $30. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • 6X6: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Six 10-minute plays by six local playwrights are presented in staged reading, with themes close of the heart of New Orleans. $10 at the door only. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • STAR WARS STAGED READING: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Playmakers Theater, 1916 Playmakers Road, Covington. $5 donation. (985) 893-1671. www.playmakersinc.com.
  • CHEZ SHEA CABARET: 8 p.m., Jan. 23-24; 6 p.m., Jan. 25. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Legendary local thespian Janet Shea takes to the stage to tell her story through song, accompanied by Jefferson Turner. $20. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • CAMILLE: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Jan. 29 through March 1; 6 p.m. Sundays. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. A comedy send-up of Dumas’ dying heroine comes to life at the hands of Jeffery Roberson directing, and Ricky Graham, A.J. Allegra, Sam Dudley, Sean Patterson, Kyle Daigrepont and more bringing to life this unique production. $25 and up. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
  • NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. A weekly writing workshop that affords poets an opportunity to share work with other writers. Bring five copies. (504) 891-3381.

AUDITIONS

  • THE CRADLE WILL ROCK AUDITIONS: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Akili Academy of New Orleans, 3811 N. Galvez St. Cripple Creek Theater Company’s production. Email Andrew Vaught for audition time at vaught@criplecreekplayers.org. www.cripplecreekplayers.org.
  • SHE KILLS MONSTERS AUDITIONS: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 30 by Ninety Theatre, 800 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Roles for eight women and four men in this comedy by Qui Nguyen. (844) 843-3090. www.30byninety.com.
  • LOOT AUDITIONS: 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Playmakers Theater, 1916 Playmakers Road, Covington. Dark farce about bank robbers and misplaced bodies. For production March 6-22. (985) 893-1671.