OPENING THIS WEEK
- “DEBAUCHERY”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans. Now in its sixth Season, Southern Rep presents New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera looks in on the family drama as sisters Chanel and Cartier flounce and fight their way through a maze of outrageous exploits. Every month, a new episode, and “yes, there will always be cocktails!” (504) 638-6326. thetheatreatstclaude.com.
- MALPASO DANCE COMPANY: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. New Orleans Ballet Association and NOCCA Institute present the Havana-based company of 10 dancers bring Cuban contemporary dance to the stage. $50. (504) 522-0996. nobadance.com.
- “MARY POPPINS”: Opening Friday through March 20, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. The mystical, magical nanny flies on the stage at JPAS, with songs by the Sherman Brothers of Disney fame and a book by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame. The event promises to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- “MY FIRST TIME —A SEXY STORYTELLING EVENT”: 6 p.m., Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Pairing of storytelling and burlesque with six speakers and six performers. Followed by local singer-songwriter Spotlight, with a variety of guests. $10. (504) 662-4019.
- “ONE MAN’S STAND”: Opening Friday 8 p.m., also Saturday, 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Quevaughn Bryant’s show blends comedy, theater and multimedia presentations. $17.50. (884) 843-3090. 30byNinety.com.
- “ORPHEUS DESCENDING”: Opening Saturday through April 3, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Robert Nims Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Southern Rep, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, present the playwright’s reimagining of the Orpheus myth in true, Southern Gothic style. $25 and up. (504) 522-6545. southernrep.com.
- “SIVE”: Opening Thursday through March 26, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Ashe Power House Theater, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The NOLA project presents the story of an orphaned Irish girl sent to live with relatives and the consequences of an arranged proposal to a 70-year-old man. $30, $20 backstage pass members. nolaproject.com.
- “THE BOOK OF MORMON”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The creators of “South Park” bring their full force to a look at the Church of Latter-day Saints in this Tony-winning spectacle of music, mayhem and Mormons. The globe-trotting production has riveted audiences and garnered high praise. The show does contain explicit language. $36 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “A LESSON BEFORE DYING”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 20; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Ernest Gaines’ celebrated novel about justice, dying with dignity and death row in 1940s rural Louisiana. (985) 643-0556. slidelllittletheatre.org.
- “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”: 7 p.m. Wednesday through March 19; Nims Blackbox Theatre, New Orleans Center for the Creative arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Students perform Shakespeare’s classic comedy tale of Bianca, Katherina, Petruchio and the highs and lows of courtship in Italy. $15. nocca.com/locations/blackbox-theatre-at-nocca.
- “THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 20; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Six “kids,” played by adults, vie for honors in this spelling competition, with the characters revealing stories about themselves. Also, four audience members will be selected to “compete” onstage. $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “WAITING AROUND”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 12, Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St., Lockport. The critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical by Ricky Graham and Harry Mayronne Jr. hits the stage with original cast members Chris Wecklein and Bob Edes Jr. The “Restaurant Musical” was a Big Easy Award winner. $25 advance, $27 door. (888) 992-2968. bayouplayhouse.com.
- “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”: Opening March 18, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 3; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of the Wingfields — mother Amanda, daughter Laura and son Tom — and the fragile life they lead, with explosive results when a gentleman caller pays a visit. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
- “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”: Opening March 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Eve Ensler’s collection of powerful stories, gleaned from 200 interviews with women, comes to life, aimed at bringing awareness to and stopping violence against women and girls. $20, $10 students and seniors. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org.
- “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”: Opening April 8, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. April 10; Marquette Theatre, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Shakespeare’s comedy of the loathing then loving of Benedict and Beatrice, as well as the underhanded schemes of Don John comes to life in this production. $12, $8 students/seniors/faculty/staff. (504) 865-3840. cmfa.loyno.edu/theatre.
- ALOHA BINGOH: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Geneva Joy serves as MC for monthly comedy games with prizes and performances of local comics. $5. (504) 592-7083. barredux.com.
- AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.
- COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Open mic with seasoned performers. comedygumbeaux.com.
- COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
- COMEDYSPORTZ: 8 p.m. Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. All-ages improv comedy show. $10 advance, $13 door. (504) 231-7011. comedysportzneworleans.com.
- 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.
- NOLA COMEDY HOUR OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. (504) 945-4446.
- THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?: 9 p.m., Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club, 8140 Willow St., New Orleans. Sign up at 8 p.m. (504) 865-9190.
- COURT 13 CASTING: Production company and nonprofit based in New Orleans is casting in the style of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” seeing nonactors and locals interested in auditioning for two “very specific roles” in their next film: female Caucasian, age 30-40, a strong, hard-working mother with a twinkle in her eye and joy in her heart; and a male Caucasian, age 50-70, tall with angular facial features, a tough man whose hard life and rough exterior mask a trustworthy soul. No acting experience required. Anyone matching either description can send in a photo — a recent selfie, snapshot or family photo — and contact information to email@example.com. (504) 408-1685.