RENEW REVUE RETIREMENT PARTY: 8 p.m., Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Ricky Graham teams up with Yvette Hargis, Mandy Zirkenbach, Matthew Mickal, and Jefferson Turner to perform some of the “best of the best” from previous productions before retiring these songs and sketches for the updated version next year. $27. (504) 488-1460.
“33 VARIATIONS”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. New Orleans. A play about with piano accompaniment in partnership with MESA Production Company. $20-$40. http://www.southernrep.com or (504) 522-6545.
BEATLEMANIA NOW: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m and 8 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday, Joy Theatre, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 528-9569.
LA FAMILIA VARIETY SHOW: 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., John Paul’s, 940 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. Johnny Passion presents a show with local vocal artists, drag kings and queens and comedy. (504) 948-1888.
“FOUR LITTLE GIRLS, BIRMINGHAM 1963”: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. 6 p.m., Sunday at the Samuel DuBois Cook Theater on Dillard University’s campus, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Staged reading of the play. Free. (504) 569-9070
“WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A SHADOW?”: 7:30 p.m., Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Shadowbox, 2400 St Claude Ave., New Orleans. World premiere of the play by Michael Allen Zell presented by *Nu* Theatre. $10. (504) 756-0431. http://theshadowboxtheatre.com.
“MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m., Sunday, Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. Production of August Wilson’s searing drama and his first Broadway hit. $18-$20. (504) 862-PLAY (7529) or www.anthonybeantheater.com.
“THE 25TH ANNUAL COUNTY SPELLING BEE”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday, Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Free champagne will be served on Friday during opening night. $25, adults; $15, students. To reserve tickets, call (985) 893-1671 or visit www.playmakersinc.com.
“42ND STREET”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Performance of the musical. $32-$37. (504) 461-9475.
AUDITIONS FOR “HARVEY”: 11 a.m., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Auditions will be held for a limited number of roles in Mary Chase’s award winning comedy, which will run Nov. 1 - 16 as part of the Main Stage season. Director Gary Rucker will be casting the following roles: Myrtle Mae Simmons (late 20’s - early 30’s), Lyman Sanders, M.D. (Handsome, late 20’s), Judge Omar Gaffney (50’s or older), E.J. Lofgren (30’s or older). Interested actors will be asked to read from the script. Scripts will be provided. Headshots and resumes requested but not required. For more information please call the theater at 461-9475 or email the director at GaryRuckerNOLA@gmail.com
PAT BOURGEOIS’ DEBAUCHERY-9/18: 7:30 p.m., Mid City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Live Theatre Soap Opera by Pat Bourgeois. Yes, there are still cocktails! (504) 488-1460.