New Orleans Stages Calendar for Sept. 19-25, 2013

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

“VENOM”: 8 p.m., The Elm Theatre, 220 Julia St., New Orleans. World premiere of the play by Clint Sheffer. www.elmtheatre.org or (504) 218-0055.

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.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

“33 VARIATIONS”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. A play with piano accompaniment in partnership with MESA Production Company. $20-$40. www.southernrep.com or (504) 522-6545.

“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 or theshadowboxtheatre.com.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY

“A TRUCKLOAD OF INK” BY JIM FITZMORRIS: 7:30 p.m., UNO’s Robert E. Nims Theatre, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans. The NOLA Project theatre company is opening its 2013-2014 season with a bold new play about the sudden upheaval at the city’s most established newspaper. $25, adults; $15, seniors and students; special Wednesday price: $15. www.nolaproject.com.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

“LOMBARDI”: 8 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Wednesday; 3 p.m., Sunday, Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss. $10-$50. (504) 522-2081.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

“MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m., Sunday, Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Production of August Wilson’s searing drama and his first Broadway hit. $18-$20. (504) 862-PLAY or www.anthonybeantheater.com.

“THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE”: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday, Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. $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.