HELL YES FEST: Through Nov. 16, various venues, New Orleans. The twice-annual comedy show (April in Austin, Texas) features stand-up, sketch, ensemble, variety, film and more. Tickets vary. www.hellyesfest.com.
HAMLET: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Thursdays through Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23. Robert E. Nims Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. $12. (504) 280-7469. www.theatre.uno.edu.
BOESMAN AND LENA: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Nov. 14, 16, 19-23. Sundays 3 and 8 p.m. Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. American Theatre Project in New Orleans’ production of Athol Fugard’s play. $20; $15 students and seniors. (504) 957-9283. atpno.org.
ENTER YOUR SLEEP: 8 p.m. Nov. 13 through Nov. 15. Also Nov. 20-22 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 28-29 at 8 p.m. Fortress of Lushington, 2215 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Elm Theatre world premiere of Christina Quintana play. (504) 218-0055. www.elmtheatre.org.
ANNIE JR.: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21-22; plus 2:30 p.m., Nov. 16. Greater Covington Center, 317 Jefferson Ave., Covington. Music performance by Paramount Academy of the Performing Arts. $12 and up. (985) 643-7248.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS — THE EMPIRE STRIKETH BACK: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17-19. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Based on Star Wars Chapter 5 (considered by many to be the best of the original trilogy), the George Lucas film gets a Shakespearean twist. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND — BROADWAY SONGS OF KANDER AND EBB: 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 15. Marquette Theater, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. $12. (504) 865-2074. loyno.edu/worldgoesround.
NUMB: 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays Nov. 7 through Dec. 6. The Ether Dome, 3625 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Goat in the Road Productions looks at the history of anesthesiology and 19th century medicine. $20. www.goatintheroadproductions.org.
THE LION AND THE JEWEL: 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16. Cook Theatre, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. A look at the clash between culture and tradition. (504) 816-4857. www.dillard.edu.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 16. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit returns to the Saenger Theatre with reinvented staging, scenery and orchestra. Tickets start at $61. (504) 287-0351. www.saengernola.com.
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m.; through Nov. 22, with 8 p.m. Nov. 20. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. A British award-winning comedy about gangsters, mistaken identity and one man working for two bosses. (504) 461-9475. www.rivertowntheaters.com.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER: 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturdays; 3 p.m., Sundays. Through Nov. 23. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. A comedy take of the backstory of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. (504) 522-2081. www.lepetittheatre.com.
GOMELA/TO RETURN — MOVEMENT OF OUR MOTHER TONGUE: 4 p.m. Opens Nov. 13, Thursdays through Sundays, through Nov. 23. George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondolet St., New Orleans. Dance theater piece with inspiration from Africa, Haiti and New Orleans. $20. (504) 586-7432. www.junebugproductions.com.
I’D RATHER BE RICH: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 23. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. World premiere of Fred Roberts’ comedy about friends and their foibles in the pursuit of wealth. (504) 862-7529. www.anthonybeantheater.com.
MYSTERIOUS WISTERIAS: Dinner 6 p.m., show 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, brunch 11 a.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 23. The Stage Door Canteen and the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. An evening of music and murder. $35-$65. (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.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE: 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Through Nov. 21. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. NOCCA’s theater department presents the musical about a group of students as they compete for a spelling title. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30-8:30 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.