“SAINTS & SISTERS, NUNS WITH GUNS IN OLD NEW ORLEANS” BY REN FRENCH: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., NOCCA-New Orleans Center For Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Action-adventure written in the style of old-time radio serials, with cast of six actors performing 22 roles. Tickets are $15. nocca.com.
“BUG” BY TRACY LETTS: 8 p.m., Allways Theatre, 1030 Marigny St., New Orleans. The Allways Theatre presents the local premiere of “Bug” by Tracy Letts. Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter. Directed by Kris Shaw; featuring Jen Pagan, Ian Hoch, Andrea Watson, Casey Groves and Jim Wright. Through Sept. 5. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. $17 on Thursdays and $22 on Fridays and Saturdays. Call (504) 758-5590.
FRIDAY, AUG. 22
THE DISTILLERY ARTIST RESIDENCY SWAP MEET: 7 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Performances by each artist resident to showcase the artist’s process. Member of the public are invited to watch and give feedback. cacno.org.
CRESCENT CITY LIGHTS YOUTH THEATER’S PRODUCTION OF “SLEEPOVER”: 7:30 p.m., Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave. “Sleepover” is a rollicking musical about a girl’s slumber party. $15. (504) 598-3800 or gallierhall.com.
“SEUSSICAL JR.:” 7:30 p.m., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other popular Dr. Seuss characters spring to life on stage in a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. rivertowntheaters.com.
THE FOURTH CIRCLE: 8 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Dane Rhodes and DaDa Productions present a performing arts experience that shows what can happen when different disciplines work together. After being exposed to a short art-house film as inspiration, three artists, a musician, a dancer, and a painter, come together to create a new original piece in front of your eyes. Box office opens at 7 p.m.
COMEDY CLASS GRADUATION SHOW: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Graduates have been developing their own five minutes of comedy for the last four weeks in The Comedy Notebook Class and are ready to perform for an audience. Emcee will be the comedian Mike Strecker. $10. (504) 287-4707 or Castle501.com.
“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m., Cutting Edge Theater, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Beth Henley’s hallmark play about a trio of Southern sisters. Cast includes Peter J. Smith, Franny Harold, Joey Harmon, Amy Martinez, Emily Felps and Rebecca Meyers. $20-$25. cuttingedgetheater.
FRIDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: 10 p.m., La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. A free stand up comedy open mic show presented by La Nuit Comedy Theater and hosted by Jackie Jenkins Jr.
SATURDAY, AUG. 23
STORYQUEST, “CLOUDS:” 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. StoryQuest combines professional authors, actors and artists to bring the world of children’s literature to life. Free with museum admission.
“SOFA SO GOOD:” 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2624 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Capricious Productions presents a musical comedy about a sofa’s journey. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Suggested ticket donations are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Refreshments available. (504) 945-3741.
GG’S 504 COMEDY HOUR: 8 p.m., Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. GG’s Comedy Hour features Gina Gomez, who will host this showcase of local comedians. $15. (504) 287-4707 or Castle501.com.
“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 P.M., CUTTING EDGE THEATER, 747 ROBERT BLVD., SLIDELL. CUTTINGEDGETHEATER.
THE FOURTH CIRCLE: 8 P.M., MID-CITY THEATRE, 3540 TOULOUSE ST., NEW ORLEANS. DANE RHODES AND DADA PRODUCTIONS PRESENT A PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCE THAT SHOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES WORK TOGETHER. AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO A SHORT ART-HOUSE FILM AS INSPIRATION, THREE ARTISTS, A MUSICIAN, A DANCER, AND A PAINTER, COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A NEW ORIGINAL PIECE IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES. BOX OFFICE OPENS AT 7 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUG. 24
THE FOURTH CIRCLE: 3 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27
NINE LIVES, A MUSICAL STORY OF NEW ORLEANS: 8 p.m., Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Paul Sanchez’s musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s book tells the story of the city through its unique and unforgettable characters. $30-$50. (504) 522-2081.